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April 2, 2014
09:02 EDTBAXBaxter to acquire Chatham Therapeutics
Baxter International and Chatham Therapeutics announced that Baxter has agreed to acquire all of Chatham’s outstanding membership interests. As a result of the transaction, Baxter will acquire Chatham’s developmental gene therapy programs directed toward the development and commercialization of treatments for hemophilia. Under the terms of the agreement, Baxter will make an initial payment of $70M to acquire all of the outstanding membership interests of Chatham. Baxter may make additional payments in the future based on specified development, regulatory and commercial milestones. Baxter will continue the ongoing Phase I/II open-label clinical trial to assess the safety and optimal dosing schedule of BAX 335, an investigational FIX gene therapy treatment for hemophilia B. The BNP technology provides a mechanism for the patient's own liver to begin producing FIX following a single dose of the genetically engineered treatment. The design of the vector allows for more targeted delivery of the FIX therapeutic “cargo” into the natural site of FIX synthesis. This may permit effective therapy with low quantities of the vector. The Phase I/II clinical trial is proceeding as expected and aims to enroll up to 16 hemophilia B patients. Following the acquisition, Chatham will maintain its licensing and development relationship with Asklepios BioPharmaceutical on the development of novel hemophilia therapeutic gene therapy candidates using the Biological Nano Particle platform. AskBio is involved with the development of its proprietary BNPTM gene-delivery platform technology for therapeutics targeting diseases in the heart, CNS, muscle, ocular and liver tissues.
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August 27, 2014
09:08 EDTBAXNektar could see $100M in revenue from Baxter drug, says Roth Capital
Roth Capital believes that Baxter's (BAX) BAX-855 drug delivered compelling Phase III data, and the firm expects the drug to compete effectively against Biogen's (BIIB) Eloctate. Roth expects BAX-855 to launch in 1Q16 and believes it could generate up to $100M in annual revenue for Nektar. The firm keeps a $21 price target and Buy rating on Nektar.
August 21, 2014
15:37 EDTBAXNektar: Baxter announces positive results from Phase 3 study of BAX 855
Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) reports Baxter International (BAX) announced positive results from its Phase 3 pivotal clinical trial of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII treatment for hemophilia A based on ADVATE, which met its primary endpoint in reducing annualized bleed rates in the prophylaxis arm compared to the on-demand arm. Top-line results from the prospective, global, multi-center Phase 3 study demonstrated that BAX 855 met its primary endpoint in the control and prevention of bleeding, routine prophylaxis and perioperative management for patients who were 12 years or older. Patients in a twice-weekly prophylaxis arm experienced a 95 percent reduction in median ABR as compared to those in the on-demand arm (1.9 vs. 41.5, respectively). BAX 855 was also effective in treating bleeding episodes, 96 percent of which were controlled with one or two infusions. The half-life of BAX 855 was 1.4 - 1.5 times that of ADVATE, consistent with the findings from the Phase 1 study. No patients developed inhibitors to BAX 855 and no treatment-related serious adverse events, including hypersensitivity, were reported. The most common product-related adverse event was headache. Baxter expects to submit a Biologics License Application for BAX 855 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the end of 2014 and will present additional data in the coming months. In addition to an ongoing continuation study for patients who have completed the pivotal trial, the company is initiating a Phase 3, prospective, open-label, multi-center study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of BAX 855 among 60 previously treated patients under the age of 12 with severe hemophilia A. Consistent with guidelines published by the European Medicines Agency that require a study in children less than 12 years of age prior to filing, Baxter expects to file a Marketing Authorization Application with the EMA upon the completion of the pediatric study
09:02 EDTBAXBaxter announces BAX 855 met primary endpoint in Phase 3 study
Baxter announced "positive" results from its Phase 3 pivotal clinical trial of BAX 855, which met its primary endpoint in reducing annualized bleed rates in the prophylaxis arm compared to the on-demand arm. Top-line results from the prospective, global, multi-center Phase 3 study demonstrated that BAX 855 met its primary endpoint in the control and prevention of bleeding, routine prophylaxis and perioperative management for patients who were 12 years or older. Patients in a twice-weekly prophylaxis arm experienced a 95% reduction in median ABR as compared to those in the on-demand arm. BAX 855 was also effective in treating bleeding episodes, 96% of which were controlled with one or two infusions. The half-life of BAX 855 was 1.4 – 1.5 times that of ADVATE, consistent with the findings from the Phase 1 study. No patients developed inhibitors to BAX 855 and no treatment-related serious adverse events, including hypersensitivity, were reported. The most common product-related adverse event was headache. Baxter expects to submit a Biologics License Application for BAX 855 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the end of 2014 and will present additional data in the coming months. In addition to an ongoing continuation study for patients who have completed the pivotal trial, the company is initiating a Phase 3, prospective, open-label, multi-center study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of BAX 855 among 60 previously treated patients under the age of 12 with severe hemophilia A. Consistent with guidelines published by the European Medicines Agency that require a study in children less than 12 years of age prior to filing, Baxter expects to file a Marketing Authorization Application with the EMA upon the completion of the pediatric study.
August 19, 2014
16:33 EDTBAXBaxter to expand Alabama facility to increase dialyzers production
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