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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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October 6, 2015
13:32 EDTAZNBiotechs plummet with TPP seen as industry negative
Biotechs are falling intraday after reports that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, has language that the exclusivity period for bioligics, or drugs derived from a biological sources, would be eight years, less than the twelve years it is currently in the United States. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the U.S., biologics are protected from competition by follow-on products for twelve years from the time they are first granted marketing approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a protection that is distinct from patent protection. Recent reports on the TPP suggest that the protection will last five years with an additional safety monitoring period of up to three years before a biosimilar can be registered, which would effectively be an eight year exclusivity period. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer, however, said the development is a "step forward," especially since it does not overrule the 12 years' exclusivity for the drugs in the U.S. While the sector asked for twelve years' exclusivity to match the U.S., eight years is a "reasonable compromise," the analyst argued. His top picks were Alexion (ALXN), Celgene (CELG), and Amgen (AMGN) in the large-cap space, GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) and bluebird bio (BLUE) among mid-caps, and Flex Pharma (FLKS), Lion Biotechnologies (LBIO), Otonomy (OTIC), and Ignyta (RXDX) in the small-cap sector. Further, Schimmer stated that more names look "increasingly compelling" amid the selloff. NOTABLE DECLINERS: Alexion is lower by 2.53%, Celgene is down 4.32%, Amgen is declining 1.91%, Biogen (BIIB) is down 3.4%, and Gilead Sciences (GILD) is falling 2.22%. STOCKS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the pharmaceutical space 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).
October 1, 2015
07:31 EDTAZNLeerink to hold a roundtable
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September 30, 2015
08:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says SYMBICORT results published in journal
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September 29, 2015
08:07 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says Brilinta 60-mg tablets now available in U.S. pharmacies
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September 28, 2015
07:52 EDTAZNIIR Holdings to hold a conference
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September 25, 2015
07:22 EDTAZNEuropean Society for Medical Oncology to hold a conference
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September 22, 2015
08:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to present 33 abstracts from respiratory disease portfolio at ERS
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07:43 EDTAZNDrug stocks could be hurt by focus on pricing, says Oppenheimer
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07:17 EDTAZNAstraZeneca eyes crowd sourcing for better cancer drug cocktails, Reuters says
AstraZeneca's decision release preclinical data from over 50 of its medicines is "unprecedented" in scale and will speed up the hunt for tumor-fighting drug combinations, Reuters says. The company is aiming for a crowd sourcing initiative to help mix the future's cancer drug cocktails, the report says. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAZNClinton to roll out plan to rein in prescription drug costs, USA Today reports
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