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May 5, 2014
04:55 EDTEBIO, EBIO, EBIO, EBIO, SURG, SURG, SURG, SURG, DNA, DNA, DNA, DNA, XOMA, XOMA, XOMA, XOMA, SQNM, SQNM, SQNM, SQNM, REGN, REGN, REGN, REGN, MRK, MRK, MRK, MRK, CAJ, CAJ, CAJ, CAJ, AGN, AGN, AGN, AGN, AGTC, AGTC, AGTC, AGTC, VRX, VRX, VRX, VRXAssociation for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology holds annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ARVO is being held in Orlando, Florida on May 4-8.
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September 23, 2014
08:38 EDTAGN, VRXPershing threatens suit against Allergan if no vote held on Salix deal, WSJ says
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08:31 EDTAGNSalix takeout price could be $200 per share, says Leerink
Leerink estimates a takeout valuation for Salix (SLXP) of $200 per share, but says it would start recommending investors take profits above $185. The firm believes a potential deal with Allergan (AGN) would likely include an above-average break-up fee. Leerink thinks a competitive bid could surface, and points out Actavis (ACT) has more overlapping cost structure with Salix than Allergan. Shares of Salix are up 9% to $173.48 in pre-market trading after Wall Street Journal reported the company is in merger talks with Allergan.
07:33 EDTMRKOphthotech names Michael Atieh as EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer
Ophthotech Corporation (OPHT) announced that Michael G. Atieh has been named EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer effective September 30. Atieh replaces Bruce A. Peacock, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer, who has notified the company of his intention to retire effective September 30. Atieh spent the majority of his career in the pharmaceutical industry with Merck and Co (MRK), where he held various senior level positions over a 20 year period including Senior Vice President-Merck Medco Managed Care, Vice President-U.S. Human Health, Vice President-Public Affairs, Vice President-Government Relations, and Treasurer.
06:28 EDTAGNTreasury rules may put Mylan deal at risk, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes Treasury's new inversion rules may put the tax benefits of Mylan's (MYL) planned acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) established products business at risk. BMO also thinks the rules impact Salix's (SLXP) pending deal for Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, which it feels may help make a deal with Allergan (AGN) more likely.
05:56 EDTVRX, AGNTreasury, IRS announce plans to reduce inversion tax benefits
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September 22, 2014
19:03 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan rejected buyout bid from Actavis, in advanced talks for Salix, WSJ says
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07:05 EDTSQNMSequenom presents new data supporting accuracy of MaterniT21 test
Sequenom announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sequenom Laboratories, presented patient clinical data substantiating the performance of its MaterniT21 PLUS noninvasive prenatal test in the laboratory. An ad hoc analysis of 185,000 samples from patients at high-risk for fetal chromosome aneuploidy demonstrated stable positivity rates for trisomy 21, 18 and 13, which mirror the positivity rates found in large studies on high-risk populations utilizing invasive diagnostic procedures. Additionally, Sequenom Laboratories reported performance results from clinical testing with the MaterniT21 PLUS test with Enhanced Sequencing Series. In the ad hoc analysis based on voluntary outcomes provided by clinicians, the estimated sensitivity for trisomy 21, 18 and 13 were 99.3%, 98.3% and 97.4% respectively, and the estimated specificity was >99.9% for all three trisomies. These clinical laboratory performance data are equivalent to those published in the clinical validation studies of the MaterniT21 test. Based on these performance metrics, Sequenom Laboratories estimates that the MaterniT21 PLUS test positive predictive value for trisomy 21, 18 and 13 were 99.0%, 97.6% and 92.8% respectively, and the negative predictive value was >99.9% for all three trisomies.
06:51 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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05:17 EDTREGNRegeneron announces EYLEA injection approved for myopic CNV treatment in Japan
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September 19, 2014
11:25 EDTVRX, AGNSenators bring bill requiring companies to settle before inverting
U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Dick Durbin announced new legislation requiring corporations to "Pay What You Owe Before You Go" – settling their U.S. tax bill before relocating to a foreign country. "Everyone knows that before you leave a restaurant you have to settle your tab," Brown said. "Corporations shouldn’t get to play by different rules. While it is critical that we reach a long-term solution that reforms our international corporate tax code by implementing a global minimum tax and reducing the statutory tax rate, this bill is an immediate, commonsense measure to ensure businesses settle up before leaving the U.S." Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott (ABT), Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN).
September 18, 2014
08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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September 17, 2014
11:57 EDTSQNMSequenom management to meet with Maxim
Meetings to be held in New York on September 22 with a group luncheon also and in Boston on September 23 hosted by Maxim.
09:33 EDTMRKMerck announced positive results from Phase 3 data for omarigliptin
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck, Sun Pharma enter into licensing agreement for Tildrakizumab
Merck and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, through their respective subsidiaries,announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for Merck’s investigational therapeutic antibody candidate, tildrakizumab, which is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 registration trials for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis, a skin ailment. Under terms of the agreement, Sun Pharma will acquire worldwide rights to tildrakizumab for use in all human indications from Merck in exchange for an upfront payment of $80M. Merck will continue all clinical development and regulatory activities, which will be funded by Sun Pharma. Upon product approval, Sun Pharma will be responsible for regulatory activities, including subsequent submissions, pharmacovigilance, post approval studies, manufacturing and commercialization of the approved product. Merck is eligible to receive undisclosed payments associated with regulatory and sales milestones, as well as tiered royalties ranging from mid-single digit through teen percentage rates on sales. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the requirements under the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTAGN, VRXOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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10:44 EDTSQNMSequenom lost Inter Partes Review to Ariosa, says Piper Jaffray
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07:31 EDTMRKEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:31 EDTREGNRegeneron's EYLEA Injection granted designation for treatment of retinopathy
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07:25 EDTMRKMerck price target raised to $72 from $62 at SunTrust
After meeting with Merck's CEO and head of clinical development, SunTrust increased its price target on the company as the firm thinks that it is ideally positioned across five of the fastest growing therapeutic classes. The firm believes that the company's EPS growth rates from 2015-2020 will be three percentage points above Street estimates, while it has a first-mover advantage in oncology. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
05:37 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Pershing Square, Allergan settle pending litigation before DE Court
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