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July 8, 2014
07:17 EDTCLDX, RHHBY, MGNX, AZN, BMY, INCY, MRKLeerink raises immuno-oncology market forecast to $36B
Leerink raised its immuno-oncology market forecast to $36B from $32B citing increased conviction in the clinical utility of PD1/PDL1 antibodies across a broad range of solid and liquid tumors. The firm says that while Bristol-Myers (BMY) remains the leader in the space, the gap has been narrowed by Roche (RHHBY), Merck (MRK) and AstraZeneca (AZN). Leerink also sees opportunity for emerging biopharma companies, including Celldex (CLDX), Incyte (INCY) and MacroGenics (MGNX).
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February 23, 2015
08:08 EDTCLDXCelldex rindopepimut receives FDA breakthrough therapy designation
Celldex Therapeutics announced that the FDA has granted rindopepimut Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the treatment of adult patients with EGFRvIII-positive glioblastoma, or GBM. This application was based on data from the Phase 2 ReACT study in recurrent GBM, the Phase 2 ACT III study in newly diagnosed GBM and additional supportive Phase 2 studies. An international Phase 3 study of rindopepimut, called ACT IV, in newly diagnosed GBM completed enrollment in December of 2014.
08:06 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Rigel enter R&D agreement for TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors
Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapies based on Rigelís extensive portfolio of small molecule TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors. TGF beta can promote tumor growth, broadly suppress the immune system and increase the ability of tumors to spread in the body. The collaboration will focus on developing a new class of therapeutics aimed at increasing the immune systemís activity against various cancers either as monotherapy or in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors, including Bristol-Myers Squibbís Opdivo, or nivolumab, and Yervoy, or ipilimumab. Under the terms of the agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb will obtain exclusive, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize small molecule therapeutics derived from Rigelís TGF beta library, including, but not limited to, those approved to treat cancer. Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay $30M upfront and Rigel will be eligible to receive development and regulatory milestones that could total more than $309M for a successful compound approved in multiple indications. Rigel will also be eligible to receive tiered royalties on the net sales of any products from the collaboration.
08:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers to acquire Flexus, potential total consideration may be $1.25B
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07:55 EDTAZNJefferies says other bidders may emerge for Salix
Jefferies says it could envision other bidders emerging for Salix (SLXP) and points out recent media reports have suggested Shire (SHPG) and Endo (ENDP) have considered making a bid for the company. It lists AstraZeneca (AZN) and Takeda as others who could have possible interest in Salix. The firm believes Valeant (VRX) could afford to pay more for Salix should other bidders emerge.
07:30 EDTINCYIncyte price target raised to $89 from $75 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Incyte after the company reported that sales of its flagship Jakafi drug had jumped 46% year-over-year in Q4. The firm continues to be upbeat on Jakafi's revenue outlook and the company's pipeline. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:06 EDTINCYEli Lilly and Incyte announces positive results for baricitinib
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck, NGM Biopharmaceuticals announce multi-year collaboration
NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Merck announced they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to research, discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. This agreement will become effective upon the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The collaboration includes multiple drug candidates currently in preclinical development at NGM, including NP201, which is being evaluated for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NGM will lead the research and development of the existing preclinical candidates and have the autonomy to identify and pursue other discovery stage programs at its discretion. Merck will have the option to license all resulting NGM programs following human proof of concept trials. If Merck exercises this option, Merck will lead global product development and commercialization for the resulting products, if approved. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will make an upfront payment to NGM of $94M and will purchase a 15 percent equity stake in NGM for $106M at a price per share that represents a 20% premium to NGMís most recent financing. Merck will commit up to $250M to fund all of NGMís efforts under the initial five-year term of the collaboration, with the potential for additional funding if certain conditions are met. Prior to Merck initiating a Phase 3 study for a licensed program, NGM may elect to either receive milestone and royalty payments or, in certain cases, to co-fund development and participate in a global cost and revenue share arrangement of up to 50%. The agreement also provides NGM with the option to participate in the co-promotion of any co-funded program in the United States. Merck will have the option to extend the research agreement for two additional two-year terms.
06:21 EDTRHHBYFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTRHHBYDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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07:23 EDTAZN, RHHBY, BMYAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTAZN, MRKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
18:25 EDTRHHBYPiper Jaffray biotech analyst to hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTRHHBYLeerink's life science tools analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
06:45 EDTRHHBYStudy shows Roche's treatments equal to Eylea in most cases, NY Times says
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05:31 EDTRHHBYExelixis announces acceptance of NDA for Genentech cobimetinib
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05:26 EDTRHHBYFDA grants Genentech cobimetinib priority review for combination use
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February 18, 2015
08:13 EDTINCYIncyte shares poised to rise further, says Argus
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February 17, 2015
17:16 EDTAZNActavis confirms temporary injunction related to generic Pulmicort RESPULES
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08:01 EDTINCYIncyte price target raised to $90 from $80 at Leerink
Leerink raised its price target for Incyte shares to $90 citing the company's growing oncology pipeline following its Q4 results. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
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