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April 7, 2014
09:01 EDTGNCA, SHPGGenocea names Jonathan Poole as CFO
Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) announced the appointment of Jonathan Poole to the position of CFO. Poole joins Genocea from Shire plc (SHPG).
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May 28, 2015
09:24 EDTSHPGJefferies sees Pharma M&A continuing, lists 22 possible targets
Jefferies analyst David Steinberg believes the M&A wave in the Pharmaceuticals space that began in 2005 can continue as the key drivers remain largely intact. In a note titled "Who is Next? The Feeding Frenzy in Specialty Pharmaceuticals," Steinberg sees deals continuing amid cheap debt, the push for lower corporate taxes and investors rewarding many acquirers for their transactions. He points out there are now around 100 publicly traded Specialty Pharmaceutical companies following the recent life sciences IPO boom. Potential takeover targets, according to Steinberg, include Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Perrigo (PRGO), Zoetis (ZTS), Mallinckrodt (MNK), Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), United Therapeutics (UTHR), Pacira (PCRX), Indivior, Insys Therapeutics (INSY), The Medicines Co. (MDCO), Depomed (DEPO), Spectrum (SPPI), KYTHERA (KYTH), Revance (RVNC), XenoPort (XNPT), Mylan (MYL), Akorn (AKRX), Impax (IPXL), Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH), Anacor (ANAC) and BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI).
09:00 EDTSHPGPfizer has 'significant capacity' for additional deals, says JPMorgan
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07:25 EDTSHPGEuro Renal Association / Euro Dialysis & Transplant Assoc to hold conference
52nd ERA-EDTA Congress is being held in London, England on May 28-31.
May 26, 2015
08:14 EDTSHPGBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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May 21, 2015
07:37 EDTSHPGPfizer replaces AbbVie as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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May 20, 2015
09:25 EDTGNCAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), up 8.6%... Computer Sciences (CSC), up 4.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 44.5% after announcing plans for rolling eteplirsen NDA... Genocea Biosciences (GNCA), up 22.5% after GEN-003 Phase 2 trial met primary endpoint... IsoRay (ISR), up 31.7% after Cesium-131 reports 96% success in local control and 100% survival in 5 years... AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), up 15.7% after presenting results of extension study 902 and gets FDA feedback for tivozanib... Pep Boys (PBY), up 12.5% following reports that potential buyer have approached the company about a possible takeover. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Etsy (ETSY), down 19.5%... China Distance Education (DL), down 7.7%... Keysight Technologies (KEYS), down 5.7%.... Lowe's (LOW), down 5.2%. ALSO LOWER: Lpath (LPTN), down 75.6% after announcing that it will undergo corporate restructuring... Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 10.1% following collaboration for HCV with Janssen... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 3.5% after 6M share Block Trade priced at $22.25... Cimarex Energy (XEC), down 3.3% after 6M share Spot Secondary priced at $109.00.
08:07 EDTGNCAGenocea price target raised to $18 from $14 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Genocea to $18 saying it believes the company has found the "go-forward" GEN-003 dose to advance into Phase IIb studies. Genocea this morning reported positive top-line Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization data. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
07:02 EDTGNCAGenocea says GEN-003 Phase 2 trial met primary endpoint
Genocea Biosciences announced positive top-line data from a Phase 2 dose optimization trial evaluating GEN-003 for the treatment of genital herpes. During the 28-day observation period immediately after completion of dosing, the best dose of 60 g per protein / 75 g of Matrix-M2TM adjuvant demonstrated a highly statistically significant 55% reduction from baseline in the viral shedding rate, the primary endpoint of the trial and a measure of anti-viral activity. All dose combinations tested, including the successful 30 g per protein / 50 g of adjuvant dose from the prior Phase 1/2a trial, demonstrated a statistically significant viral shedding rate reduction versus baseline and only the lowest dose combination did not demonstrate a statistically significant reduction versus placebo. In a planned secondary analysis to assess impact on patient-reported genital lesion rates, a self-assessed measurement of clinical disease, all dose groups, including the placebo group, demonstrated a statistically significant reduction from baseline. The Phase 2 study showed that GEN-003 was generally safe and well tolerated by patients, with no serious adverse events related to the vaccine. Safety data throughout the trial is monitored by an independent data safety monitoring board. Although reactogenicity increased with adjuvant dose, there was no difference in discontinuations in patient dosing due to adverse events across the different treatment arms.
May 19, 2015
06:55 EDTGNCAGenocea could be takeover target after data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) will report positive Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization results late in Q2. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes targeting Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Positive GEN-003 data could position Genocea as a potential acquisition target by a larger vaccine player, Tenthoff tells investors today in a research note. Large vaccine makers include Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Novartis (NVS). The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Genocea with a $14 price target. Shares of the clinical-stage vaccine developer with a $227M market capitalization closed yesterday up 83c to $10.22.
May 15, 2015
11:08 EDTSHPGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).

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