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July 16, 2014
06:26 EDTBMY, RHHBY, MRKBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
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March 24, 2015
17:02 EDTMRKMerck announces new $10B share repurchase program
Merck announced that its board of directors has authorized additional purchases of up to $10B of Merck’s common stock for its treasury. The treasury stock purchase has no time limit and will be made over time in open-market transactions, block transactions on or off an exchange, or in privately negotiated transactions. With this announcement, the company’s total outstanding share repurchase authorization is now approximately $11.7B, which includes approximately $1.7B in authorized repurchases remaining under the program previously announced on May 1, 2013. Merck continues to expect average diluted shares outstanding will be approximately 2.86B in 2015.
17:00 EDTMRKMerck announces new $10B share repurchase program
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16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
08:31 EDTMRKMerck: Phase 3 KEYNOTE-006 study met co-primary endpoints, will be stopped early
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08:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers acquires exclusive license from Novo Nordisk for research program
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07:45 EDTRHHBYFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee holds a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews, as mandated by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) for Eli Lilly's Cymbalta, Pfizer's Quillivant XR and Revatio, Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal, GlaxoSmithKline's Advair, HFA Altabax Ointment and Fluarix Quadrivalent, Supernus Pharmaceuticals' Oxtellar XR, Teva Pharmaceutical's Qnasl and Roche's Invirase. The Committee will also discuss the safety ongoing propriety of the humanitarian device exemption for the Medtronic Activa Dystonia Therapy and for the Liposorber LA-15 System in a meeting being held in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 24 at 8 am. Webcast Link
March 23, 2015
09:45 EDTMRKUBS to hold a field trip
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08:46 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly price target raised to $85 from $78 at Cowen
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07:17 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
06:32 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine announces board changes in connection to Roche transaction
Foundation Medicine (FMI) announced proposed changes to its board in connection with its pending strategic collaboration with Roche (RHHBY). Under the terms of the agreement with Roche, Foundation Medicine’s board will increase to nine directors upon the closing of the transaction, including three board designees selected by Roche. The pending transaction with Roche remains subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the successful completion of the tender offer commenced by Roche on February 2, 2015 and the approval of certain matters at the special meeting of Foundation Medicine stockholders to be held on April 2, 2015. The closing is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2015.
March 20, 2015
11:33 EDTRHHBYFly Review: Analysts correctly predict jump in Biogen shares
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are rallying after the company reported results for a Phase 1b study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. On March 18, as reported on that day by The Fly, RBC Capital predicted that the stock would rise after the results were published. A number of other firms were also upbeat on the stock ahead of the data release. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier this morning Biogen announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. Beta amyloid is a protein that produces plaque in the brain. Scientists suspect that plaques in the brain are a cause of Alzheimer's. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. PRE-EVENT CALLS: RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee predicted earlier this week in a note to investors that Biogen would report strong data for BIIB-037 and the stock should "work higher" after the data is unveiled. Alzheimer's patients taking the high dose of Biogen's BIIB-037 drug should exhibit a stabilization of cognition levels, Yee stated. Conversely, the cognition levels of patients taking the placebo should drop slightly, the analyst predicted. On March 13, in a note summarized by The Fly on that day, JPMorgan recommended buying Biogen shares ahead of the data release. Investors still incorporated a low probability of success for the drug, and the stock could rise further, the firm wrote. On March 19, in a note also published by The Fly, Credit Suisse wrote that Biogen's multiple could rise if the data on BIIB-037 was positive. It raised its price target on the name to $500 from $400. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Barclays raised Biogen's price target to $500 from $435 following the company's report of "impressive" full results from the Alzheimer's study. Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer also raised his price target for Biogen shares to $500 this morning, calling today’s BIIB-037 results "robust and impressive." Schimmer believes the trial showed a "consistent and dramatic" dose effect on both radiographic and clinical disease features and thinks the side effects "pale in comparison" to the drug’s efficacy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY) are also currently developing similar Alzheimer's treatments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Biogen rose 7% to $464. The stock is up about 9% since Wednesday. Eli Lilly shares are up 1.6% to $75.40 this morning, while Roche rose 2.2% to $35. Reference Link
09:01 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly up 2% to $75.75 in pre-market trading
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07:55 EDTBMYAstraZeneca seen as potential target again if oncology drugs lag, Bloomberg says
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07:41 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
16:14 EDTRHHBYProthena report positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002
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07:02 EDTRHHBYSigma-Aldrich signs exclusive distribution agreement with Roche
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March 18, 2015
12:48 EDTRHHBYFly Watch: Biogen predicted to report strong Alzheimer's data this Friday
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07:46 EDTRHHBYLilly Roche would have upbeat read through from strong BIIB data, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that the data for Biogen's (BIIB) Alzheimer's treatment, due to be released on Friday, is widely expected to be positive. The firm thinks that positive data would boost the outlook for similar Alzheimer's drugs being developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY), since consensus estimates for those drugs are low. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on Eli Lilly and Roche.
March 17, 2015
08:13 EDTRHHBYCelldex announces clinical trial collaboration with Roche
Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX) announced that it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Roche (RHHBY) to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of varlilumab, Celldex's CD27 targeting investigational antibody, and MPDL3280A, Roche's investigational cancer immunotherapy in a Phase 1/2 study in renal cell carcinoma. Varlilumab and MPDL3280A are part of a new class of investigational medicines known as cancer immunotherapies that are designed to harness the body's own immune system to fight cancer through separate yet complementary mechanisms of action that may enable the activation of T cells, restoring their ability to effectively detect and attack tumor cells. Preclinical data suggest the combination of these two mechanisms are synergistic and may enhance anti-tumor immune response compared to either agent alone. In Celldex's Phase 1 study of varlilumab in multiple solid tumors, promising signs of clinical activity in patients with refractory renal cell carcinoma were observed, including a durable partial response that has continued to decrease in tumor volume over time and prolonged stable disease. Under the terms of this agreement, Roche will provide study drug and Celldex will be responsible for conducting and funding the study, which is expected to begin in 2015.
March 16, 2015
15:33 EDTMRKMerck says study shows VYTORIN reduced CV events more than simvastatin alone
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