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March 28, 2014
07:39 EDTCYTK, AMGNCytokinetics announces opening to enrollment of COSMIC-HF expansion
Cytokinetics (CYTK) announced that the expansion phase of the Chronic Oral Study of Myosin Activation to Increase Contractility in Heart Failure, or COSMIC-HF, has opened to enrollment. COSMIC-HF is a Phase II double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial designed to assess the pharmacokinetics and tolerability of omecamtiv mecarbil dosing orally in patients with heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. The expansion phase of COSMIC-HF will enroll approximately 450 patients randomized 1:1:1 to receive placebo, 25 mg, or 50 mg twice daily of omecamtiv mecarbil. Escalation to the 50 mg dose will depend on the plasma concentration of omecamtiv mecarbil following two weeks of oral dosing at 25 mg twice daily. The primary objective of the expansion phase of this trial is to characterize the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of omecamtiv mecarbil dosed orally during 20 weeks of treatment. The secondary objectives are to assess the changes from baseline in systolic ejection time, stroke volume, left ventricular end-systolic diameter, left ventricular end-diastolic diameter, heart rate and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide during 20 weeks of treatment. The expansion phase of COSMIC-HF is expected to enroll heart failure patients from approximately 100 clinical sites internationally. COSMIC-HF is being conducted by Amgen (AMGN) in collaboration with Cytokinetics. Amgen holds an exclusive, worldwide license to develop and commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil and related compounds, subject to Cytokinetics' specified development and commercialization participation rights.
News For CYTK;AMGN From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
11:00 EDTAMGNAmgen unlikely to split, dealReporter says citing sources
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08:07 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold business review meeting
Business Review Meeting is being held in New York on October 28 at 8 am. Webcast Link
October 23, 2014
08:28 EDTAMGNAmgen may be positioned to split as urged by Loeb, Reuters says
It is not rare for mature pharmaceutical companies to consider, or be called on, to split into "cash" and "growth" companies, but such break-ups rarely happen, according to Reuters' "Breakingviews" columnist Robert Cyran, who contends "Amgen may be the exception" and that activist Dan Loeb "has picked the right target." Reference Link
October 22, 2014
09:03 EDTAMGNAmgen treatment of ovarian cancer designated for orphan drug status
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07:35 EDTAMGNCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
15:42 EDTAMGNAmgen issues statement regarding Third Point Investment
Amgen issued the following statement with respect to media inquiries concerning Third Point LLC's equity position in Amgen: "Amgen maintains an active, engaged dialogue with all shareholders. Amgen has always appreciated the perspectives of all of its shareholders, including Third Point, and welcomes constructive input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors frequently receives input from shareholders, including ideas like those offered by Third Point. The Board and management continually assess Amgen's strategic priorities and, when appropriate, take action to set the best path forward to increase shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors and management remain focused on addressing significant unmet medical needs for serious illnesses and driving value for all shareholders. We look forward to further updating our shareholders on Amgen's strategic priorities and update on our restructuring plans at our business review on October 28th."
14:25 EDTAMGNAmgen urged by Third Point to split up
In its Q3 investor letter, Dan Loeb's Third Point said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. Amgen's first steps to target its "inflated cost structure" should be applauded, but Third Point believes "much more can and should be done," the firm wrote. Immediate action Amgen can take to create shareholder value include focusing its R&D efforts, providing long-term margin guidance demonstrating a commitment to reducing costs and creating clarity on additional shareholder returns, Third Point also said. Additionally, Third Point said it believes that Amgen could benefit from a separation and should seriously consider breaking up into a "MatureCo" and a "GrowthCo." Shares of Amgen are up 4% to $143.12 in afternoon trading following the circulation of Third Point's Q3 investor letter.
14:09 EDTAMGNThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
13:56 EDTAMGNDan Loeb discloses position in Amgen at Robin Hood Conference, CNBC reports
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07:15 EDTAMGNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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October 20, 2014
07:37 EDTCYTKCytokinetics completes review results from BENEFIT-ALS regarding tirasemtiv
Cytokinetics provided a program update today relating to tirasemtiv, the company's lead drug candidate from its skeletal muscle contractility program. The company announced that it has completed its review of results from BENEFIT-ALS and has concluded that effects observed on Slow Vital Capacity in patients treated with tirasemtiv are robust and potentially clinically meaningful. In addition, following consultation with clinical and statistical experts, the company believes that data from BENEFIT-ALS support progression of tirasemtiv to a potential Phase III clinical trial in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The company also announced that it has begun regulatory interactions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding results from BENEFIT-ALS and has received initial feedback from the FDA. The company believes that effects on SVC could be a Phase III clinical trial endpoint and could support registration of tirasemtiv as a potential treatment for patients with ALS. As a result, Cytokinetics has initiated planning for a potential Phase III clinical trial of tirasemtiv that could begin in 2015. Cytokinetics has received feedback from the FDA following initial communications regarding tirasemtiv and BENEFIT-ALS. The company believes that the FDA may be willing to consider a potential registration path for tirasemtiv relating to effects on SVC. The company expects to have additional interactions with the FDA and other regulatory authorities. In addition, the company has commenced Phase III readiness activities including designing a potential Phase III clinical trial in order to inform plans, timelines and costs associated with the further development of tirasemtiv.
07:19 EDTAMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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October 19, 2014
15:56 EDTAMGNAmgen to aid in production method for Ebola drug ZMapp, Bloomberg says
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October 17, 2014
09:06 EDTAMGNAmgen files patent infringement lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron
Amgen (AMGN) announced that it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Delaware against Sanofi (SNY), Aventisub, formerly doing business as Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Numbers 8,563,698, 8,829,165, and 8,859,741. These patents, which are owned by Amgen, describe and claim monoclonal antibodies to proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, or PCSK9. By its complaint, Amgen seeks an injunction to prevent the infringing manufacture, use and sale of Sanofi and Regeneron's alirocumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. Sanofi and Regeneron recently announced that they have completed Phase 3 clinical trials on alirocumab and intend to pursue regulatory approval to market alirocumab in the U.S. Amgen previously announced submission of a Biologics License Application to the FDA for evolocumab, its own investigational human monoclonal antibody to PCSK9, for the treatment of high cholesterol, on Aug. 28.
October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTAMGNBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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October 13, 2014
07:35 EDTCYTKCytokinetics announces development program update for CK-2127107
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