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June 9, 2014
14:09 EDTBMY, MRK, ABBV, ACHN, JNJ, IDIXIdenix high premium bodes well for Achillion, says Leerink
Leerink believes the high premium that Merck (MRK) paid for Idenix (IDIX) is a positive sign for Achillion (ACHN), which is the last biotech with a fully-owned nucleotide. The firm noted that media reports said Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), AbbVie (ABBV), and Bristol-Myers (BMY) also expressed interest in Idenix during its sale process. Leerink also said it thinks Merck's commitment to HCV may have a bigger impact on Gilead's (GILD) valuation than its potential market share loss.
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February 23, 2015
08:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers to acquire Flexus, potential total consideration may be $1.25B
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck, NGM Biopharmaceuticals announce multi-year collaboration
NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Merck announced they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to research, discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. This agreement will become effective upon the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The collaboration includes multiple drug candidates currently in preclinical development at NGM, including NP201, which is being evaluated for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NGM will lead the research and development of the existing preclinical candidates and have the autonomy to identify and pursue other discovery stage programs at its discretion. Merck will have the option to license all resulting NGM programs following human proof of concept trials. If Merck exercises this option, Merck will lead global product development and commercialization for the resulting products, if approved. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will make an upfront payment to NGM of $94M and will purchase a 15 percent equity stake in NGM for $106M at a price per share that represents a 20% premium to NGM’s most recent financing. Merck will commit up to $250M to fund all of NGM’s efforts under the initial five-year term of the collaboration, with the potential for additional funding if certain conditions are met. Prior to Merck initiating a Phase 3 study for a licensed program, NGM may elect to either receive milestone and royalty payments or, in certain cases, to co-fund development and participate in a global cost and revenue share arrangement of up to 50%. The agreement also provides NGM with the option to participate in the co-promotion of any co-funded program in the United States. Merck will have the option to extend the research agreement for two additional two-year terms.
February 22, 2015
12:51 EDTJNJJ&J considers Cordis sale with Cardinal the leading suitor, Bloomberg says
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February 20, 2015
17:31 EDTJNJJ&J considering sale of Cordis with Cardinal the leading suitor, Bloomberg says
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16:03 EDTJNJOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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10:33 EDTABBVBattleground update: AbbVie named top global pick at Jefferies
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09:38 EDTJNJActive equity options trading on open
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07:23 EDTBMY, ABBV, JNJAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
12:13 EDTABBVAbbVie increases quarterly dividend 4% to 51c per share
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08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
February 18, 2015
16:46 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:36 EDTJNJAnalysts applaud cheaper than expected Boston Scientific settlement
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12:31 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:41 EDTJNJSettlement 'a big win' for Boston Scientific, says Bernstein
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07:12 EDTJNJBoston Scientific settlement should remove overhang, says Stifel
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07:09 EDTJNJBoston Scientific payment to J&J well below expectations, says Piper Jaffray
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February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTABBVPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:29 EDTJNJ Boston Scientific announces settltement of merger agreement lawsuit
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07:04 EDTJNJGTx names Robert Wills as executive chairman
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