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July 30, 2014
06:10 EDTAZNAstraZeneca enters respiratory disease transaction with Almirall
AstraZeneca announced that it has entered an agreement to transfer to the company the rights to Almirall’s respiratory franchise for an initial consideration of $875M on completion, and up to $1.22B in development, launch, and sales-related milestones. AstraZeneca has also agreed to make various sales-related payments. Upon completion of the transaction, AstraZeneca will own the rights for the development and commercialization of Almirall’s existing proprietary respiratory business, including rights to revenues from Almirall’s existing partnerships, as well as its pipeline of investigational novel therapies. The franchise includes Eklira, LAS40464, LAS100977 or abediterol, and multiple pre-clinical programs. Under the agreement, Almirall Sofotec, an Almirall subsidiary focused on the development of innovative proprietary devices, will also transfer to AstraZeneca. Almirall’s pipeline of respiratory assets and its device capabilities further strengthen AstraZeneca’s respiratory portfolio, which includes Symbicort and Pulmicort, as well as the company’s investigational medicines in development. The addition of aclidinium and the combination of aclidinium with formoterol, both in proprietary Genuair device, will allow AstraZeneca to offer patients a choice between dry powder inhaler and metered dose inhaler devices across a range of molecules and combinations. AstraZeneca and Almirall anticipate that, subject to local consultation and legislation, a significant number of employees dedicated to the respiratory business, including Almirall Sofotec employees, will transfer to AstraZeneca. The transaction is subject to certain competition law clearances as well as other customary terms and conditions. The companies anticipate the transaction will complete by the end of 2014.Reference Link
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November 19, 2014
06:36 EDTAZNClovis rociletinib data 'good news/bad news,' says Mizuho
Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson says his initial read of the new rociletinib data is "good news/bad news," which leaves his price target for Clovis unchanged. Lawson pegs the bad news as the drug losing its progression-free survival lead since the estimated PFS dropped from 12 months to 10.4 months, essentially in-line with AstraZeneca's (AZN) competing drug AZD9291. Lawson sees the good news as the "encouraging" PFS of 7.5 months in T790M-negative patients. He keeps a Buy rating on Clovis with a $100 price target.
November 18, 2014
14:59 EDTAZNRanbaxy sues FDA for rescinding approval of Nexium, Valcyte copies, Reuters says
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07:29 EDTAZNPfizer less likely to pursue AstraZeneca after PD-L1 deal, says JPMorgan
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07:18 EDTAZNWoodford confident in Astra, sees 50% chance of new Pfizer bid, Reuters reports
Investment manager Neil Woodford of Woodford Investment Management said he now has an even stronger belief in AstraZeneca (AZN), citing the company's strong product pipeline, and put the chances of a new takeover bid from Pfizer (PFE) at 50/50, reported Reuters, citing a statement from Woodford. Reference Link
06:39 EDTAZNAstraZeneca: 'Hard to comment' on whether Pfizer will come back, Reuters reports
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November 17, 2014
09:37 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to host investor day
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07:16 EDTAZNMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTAZNMedImmune presents positive Phase IIb data for mavrilimumab in RA
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07:07 EDTAZNMedImmune presents new data in systemic lupus
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06:43 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Pfizer deal seen less likely after Merck transaction, Reuters says
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November 16, 2014
13:36 EDTAZNAstraZeneca presents data from studies of lesinurad combined with allopurinol
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November 14, 2014
14:53 EDTAZNCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
07:14 EDTAZNAmerican College of Rheumatology is holding a meeting
2014 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is being held in Boston on November 14-19.
November 13, 2014
07:16 EDTAZNBIT Congress to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTAZNAstraZeneca initiates development program for Brilinta reversal agent
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05:34 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Isis Pharmaceuticals to co-develop oligonucleotide delivery methods
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November 12, 2014
11:17 EDTAZNLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:35 EDTAZNAdvaxis submits IND application for ADXS-HPV Phase 1/2 study, MEDI4736
Advaxis (ADXS) announced that the company has submitted an Investigational New Drug application, or IND, to the FDA to conduct a Phase 1/2 study of ADXS-HPV alone or in combination with MedImmune's investigational anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MEDI4736, for the treatment of advanced, recurrent or refractory human papillomavirus, or HPV,-associated cervical cancer and HPV-associated head and neck cancer. This follows the press release issued in July announcing the clinical trial collaboration between Advaxis and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN).
November 11, 2014
16:05 EDTAZNAmgen, AstraZeneca say Phase 3 brodalumab study met endpoints
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15:43 EDTAZNLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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