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March 18, 2014
07:28 EDTRHHBY, ABT, JNJ, LH, DHR, DGXCLFS review potential negative for Quest, LabCorp, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' plan to revalue Clinical Lab Fee Schedule test codes as a potential negative for Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and LabCorp (LH) as well as diagnostic manufacturers like Abbott (ABT), Danaher (DHR), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Roche (RHHBY). Piper says Quest and LabCorp both have around 12% of revenue exposure to CLFS, which it feels presents risk for additional reimbursement pressure in FY15. The review follows an Office of Inspector General report that found CMS paid between 18%-30% higher for 20 high volume/high expenditure tests than state and federal plans.
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August 25, 2014
12:19 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:40 EDTRHHBYBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
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10:02 EDTRHHBYRoche unit launches PD-LI antibody
Spring Bioscience, a member of the Roche Group, announced the launch of its PD-L1 rabbit monoclonal immunohistochemistry antibody. This new PD-L1 clone was developed for Roche/Genentech's anti-PD-L1 immunotherapy development program. The SP142 antibody is a component of the clinical trial assay designed by Ventana Medical Systems and used in early and late stage clinical trials for various tumor types including non-small cell lung cancer and urothelial bladder cancer. Internal comparison studies performed at Spring demonstrated that the PD-L1 antibody outperformed other commercially available PD-L1 antibodies.
09:11 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:27 EDTJNJJanssen Affiliate Cilag acquires Covagen, terms not disclosed
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08:24 EDTRHHBYRoche to hold a conference call
CEO Schwan and CFO Hippe discuss the acquisition of InterMune on a conference call to be held on August 25 at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:23 EDTRHHBYRoche acquisition makes sense, says Bernstein
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07:11 EDTRHHBYInterMune volatility expected to move on Roche acquiring for $8.3B
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07:03 EDTJNJVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
August 24, 2014
20:27 EDTRHHBYRoche drops pursuit for remainder of Japan's Chugai, Bloomberg says
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13:41 EDTRHHBYRoche to acquire InterMune for $74.00 per share
Roche (RHHBY) and InterMune (ITMN) announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Roche to fully acquire InterMune at a price of $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. This corresponds to a total transaction value of $8.3B on a fully diluted basis. This offer represents a premium of 38% to InterMune's closing price on August 22 and a premium of 63% to InterMune's unaffected closing price on August 12. The merger agreement has been approved by the boards of InterMune and Roche. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Roche will commence a tender offer no later than August 29 to acquire all outstanding shares of InterMune common stock, and InterMune will file a recommendation statement containing the unanimous recommendation of the InterMune board that InterMune's shareholders tender their shares to Roche. The transaction is expected to be neutral to core earnings per share in 2015 and accretive from 2016 onwards. The acquisition of InterMune, a Brisbane, California based biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and fibrotic diseases, will allow Roche to broaden and strengthen its respiratory portfolio globally. Roche plans a smooth transition of InterMune employees and operations into the Roche organization, ensuring readiness for an expected launch of pirfenidone in the US in 2014. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in 2014.
August 21, 2014
05:42 EDTJNJIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 19, 2014
11:32 EDTLHLabCorp prenatal test a negative for Sequenom, says Maxim
Maxim views LabCorp's (LH) announcement today that it will begin offering the informaSeq prenatal test as a long-term negative for Sequenom (SQNM) due to increased competition. The news is also negative for Illumina (ILMN) and PerkinElmer (PKI), who both offer Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, Maxim adds. The firm recommends buying shares of LabCorp and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $130 price target.
08:47 EDTLHLabCorp announces availability of InformaSeq non-invasive prenatal test
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings announced the availability of the informaSeq Prenatal Test. The informaSeq Prenatal Test is an advanced, non-invasive, next-generation prenatal screening assay that can assess risk for multiple fetal chromosomal aneuploidies, or abnormalities in the number of chromosomes, from a single maternal blood draw. There are testing options for several additional common sex-related aneuploidies. The test is offered through Integrated Genetics, part of the LabCorp Specialty Testing Group of laboratories that offer advanced esoteric and genomic testing.
August 18, 2014
11:41 EDTJNJCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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09:00 EDTABTAbbott and Defense Department to develop portable blood tests
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August 17, 2014
13:40 EDTRHHBYChugai makes statement denying media reports on Roche deal
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August 15, 2014
11:28 EDTRHHBYRoche in talks on $10B deal to buy remainder of Chugai, Bloomberg reports
Roche is in talks to purchase the 38% stake of Chugai Pharmaceutical that it doesn't already own, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The potential deal is valued at approximately $10B. Though no financial decision has been made, the deal may be announced as early as next week, the sources added. Reference Link
11:02 EDTRHHBYRoche in talk on $10B deal to buy remainder of Chugai, Bloomberg says
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06:12 EDTRHHBYGilead announced favorable ruling in arbitration against Roche
Gilead (GILD) announced that an arbitration panel determined that Roche (RHHBY) failed to establish any of their claims and ruled in favor of Gilead. As a result, Roche is not entitled to any damages or other relief. In March 2013, Roche initiated an arbitration against Gilead and Pharmasset, predecessor to Gilead Pharmasset, regarding a 2004 collaboration agreement between Roche and Pharmasset. In the arbitration demand, Roche asserted that it had an exclusive license to sofosbuvir pursuant to the collaboration agreement because sofosbuvir, a prodrug of a uridine monophosphate analog, is allegedly a prodrug of PSI-6130, a cytidine analog. Roche further claimed that, because it had exclusive rights to sofosbuvir, it also had an exclusive license to a patent covering sofosbuvir, and that we infringed that patent by selling and offering for sale products containing sofosbuvir.
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