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August 7, 2014
08:38 EDTNVS, ENTAEnanta's HCV NS5A inhibitor EDP-239 advances into combination studies
Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA) announced that Novartis has advanced EDP-239, Enanta’s NS5A inhibitor for hepatitis C virus, into drug combination studies with alisporivir, a cyclophilin inhibitor being developed by Novartis (NVS). These combination studies are part of Enanta’s existing collaboration with Novartis for the development of new combination therapies for the treatment of HCV using Enanta’s NS5A inhibitors. The phase 1 combination study conducted by Novartis is investigating the pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of alisporivir and EDP-239 when co-administered to healthy adult subjects and is scheduled to enroll 42 healthy subjects.
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July 29, 2015
05:28 EDTNVSNovartis announces equity stake in Mereo BioPharma Group
Novartis announced a swap of clinical assets for equity with Mereo BioPharma Group. The deal involves compounds in areas of unmet medical need including BPS-804, to improve bone density in brittle bone syndrome, an orphan disease; BCT-197 for acute exacerbations in COPD, and BGS-649 for obese men with hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism to normalize testosterone levels. Under the terms of the agreement, Novartis will have an equity stake in Mereo and will share in the success of the development of these compounds, including a share on milestones and royalties on future commercial sales.
July 24, 2015
17:33 EDTENTAS&P announces changes to S&P 400, 500, and 600 indices
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17:19 EDTENTAEnanta to replace PAREXEL in S&P 600 as of 7/28 close
14:56 EDTENTAEnanta announces FDA approval of AbbVie's Technivie
Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA) announced that the FDA approved AbbVie’s (ABBV) Technivie -- ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir -- tablets in combination with ribavirin for the treatment of non-cirrhotic adults with genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection. Technivie is the first and only all-oral, interferon-free, direct-acting antiviral treatment approved in the U.S. for adult patients with GT4 chronic HCV infection. Paritaprevir is Enanta’s lead protease inhibitor identified within the ongoing Enanta-AbbVie collaboration and is one of the two direct-acting antivirals (2-DAA) in AbbVie’s Technivie.
10:56 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo
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09:02 EDTNVSLigand says Revolade recommended by CHMP for EU approval for SAA
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07:17 EDTNVSNovartis combination therapy Tafinlar, Mekinist achieves regulatory milestones
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July 22, 2015
07:03 EDTNVSIgnyta names Bernard Parker as Chief Commercial Officer
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July 21, 2015
11:49 EDTNVSNovartis may sell Amgen's cancer drug as soon as September, Bloomberg says
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05:20 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of up mid-single digit
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 core EPS $1.27, consensus $1.24
Reports Q2 revenue $12.7B, consensus $12.44B. Further strengthening of USD impacted sales by -11% and core operating income by -13%. Growth Products, an indicator of the rejuvenation of the portfolio, contributed 35% of continuing operations net sales in Q2, and were up 24%. In Pharmaceuticals, Growth Products contributed 44% of division net sales in the quarter, and sales for these products were up 38%.
July 20, 2015
08:25 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:32 EDTNVSAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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July 15, 2015
07:58 EDTNVSAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.

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