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August 21, 2014
05:42 EDTAZN, JNJ, ILMN, SNYIllumina 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.”
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May 19, 2015
16:10 EDTJNJAchillion enters into collaboration for HCV with Janssen
Achillion (ACHN) announced that it has entered into a worldwide license and collaboration arrangement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), to develop and commercialize one or more of Achillion's lead hepatitis C virus, or HCV, assets which include ACH-3102, ACH-3422, and sovaprevir. Under the terms of the agreement, Achillion will grant Janssen an exclusive, worldwide license to develop and, upon regulatory approval, commercialize HCV products and regimens containing one or more of Achillion's HCV assets. Achillion is eligible to receive a number of payments based upon achievement of specified development, regulatory and sales milestones. Achillion is also eligible to receive tiered royalty percentages between mid-teens and low-twenties based upon future worldwide sales. Janssen will be responsible for all of the development costs within the collaboration and all subsequent costs related to commercialization of the HCV assets. A key objective of the collaboration will be to develop a short-duration, highly effective, pan-genotypic, oral regimen for the treatment of HCV. An initial regimen that will be explored will feature Achillion's ACH-3102, a second-generation NS5A inhibitor currently in Phase 2 clinical studies that has been granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in combination with an NS3/4A HCV protease inhibitor plus an NS5B HCV polymerase inhibitor from the collaboration. Additionally, in an equity transaction separate to the exclusive license and collaboration arrangement, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. will invest $225M in Achillion and, in return, receive approximately 18.4M newly issued, unregistered shares of Achillion at a price of $12.25 per share. The transactions, including the equity sale, are subject to customary closing conditions, including termination or expiration of any applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Transitional clinical development and technology transfer activities under the collaboration are expected to take place over the next several months.
15:05 EDTAZNArdelyx scheduled for end Phase 2 meeting with FDA scheduled in June
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09:18 EDTILMNBofA/Merrill life sciences analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts, along with Nancy J. Kelley, a nationally recognized executive and lawyer who has championed the field of Synthetic/Engineering Biology in the U.S., discuss what Synthetic Biology is and whether it will disrupt the Healthcare landscape and how Synthetic Biologic-based products would be regulated on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 19 at 2 pm.
06:55 EDTSNYGenocea 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 18, 2015
16:07 EDTILMNIllumina files new patent infringement suit against Roche unit
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12:34 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive pivotal Phase 2b dupilumab data in asthma
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06:13 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to invest $285M in new biologics manufacturing facility in Sweden
AstraZeneca announced that it plans to invest approximately $285M in a new high-tech facility for manufacturing of biological medicines in Södertälje, Sweden. The new plant will be focused on filling and packaging of protein therapeutics. It is anticipated that the new facility will supply medicines for clinical trial programs of AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s global biologics research and development arm, from the end of 2018, and will deliver finished products for commercial use once fully operational by 2019. Södertälje is currently home to AstraZeneca’s largest global tablets and capsules manufacturing facility and is also a launch platform site for the company, with specialist capabilities on-site that allow large-scale production of new medicines, working closely with the research and development organisation. By locating the new manufacturing plant in Södertälje, the company will combine its expertise in biologics with the well-established culture of operational excellence that exists within the Sweden Operations unit. The planned investment will, subject to relevant approvals by the local authorities, create between 150 and 250 highly skilled new roles at AstraZeneca by 2019. The new manufacturing facility in Sweden will support the progression of drug candidates across the main therapy areas and be aligned with investments being made in the current biologics manufacturing centers, such as the expansion in Frederick, Maryland, announced in November.
May 17, 2015
15:49 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Movantik shows 'similar' adverse event rate vs. placebo
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14:59 EDTSNYL'Oreal CEO 'ready' to sell Sanofi stake if needed, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
10:29 EDTSNYAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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09:31 EDTAZNAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
07:35 EDTJNJMedivation price target raised to $148 from $128 at Leerink
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May 14, 2015
14:54 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson unit reports results of VENTURE-AF trial
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09:41 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds a cardiology luncheon meeting
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09:22 EDTAZNLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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05:52 EDTAZNMizuho expects CAR T stocks to be volatile after ASCO abstract
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May 13, 2015
17:50 EDTJNJPharmacyclics to showcase new 'promising' Imbruvica data at ASCO
Pharmacyclics announced that ibrutinib, also known as Imbruvica, single-agent and combination data will be featured in seven oral and poster sessions at the 51st American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, Annual Meeting being held May 29-June 2 in Chicago, IL. According to a statement from ASCO, Imbruvica data will also be included in the official press program during the meeting for the second time in two years. Imbruvica is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) subsidiary. Data being presented include, among others, an oral presentation from the Phase III HELIOS study of ibrutinib in combination with bendamustine and rituximab in relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a poster presentation of ibrutinib in steroid-dependent or refractory chronic graft-versus-host-disease as well as a dose adherence analysis of ibrutinib 420 mg administered to previously treated CLL patients. "We look forward to sharing promising data at this year's ASCO that examines the use of Imbruvica across a broad range of hematologic disease settings from our clinical studies," said Danelle James, M.D., M.S., Head of Oncology at Pharmacyclics.
17:24 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to update progress with immuno-oncology pipeline at ASCO
AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s global biologics research and development arm, will demonstrate rapid progress with their combination-focused oncology pipeline at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, Annual Meeting, May 29-June 2. 61 scientific abstracts will be presented at the meeting, reinforcing the significant progress in immuno-oncology through combination therapies and innovative companion diagnostics.
07:31 EDTSNYHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
07:05 EDTSNYSanofi exercises option on therapeutic program with Selecta Biosciences
Selecta Biosciences., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing a novel class of targeted antigen-specific immune therapies, today announced that, under the terms of an existing strategic global collaboration, Sanofi has exercised its option to an exclusive license to develop an immunotherapy for the treatment of celiac disease. Under the terms of the collaboration, Selecta is eligible to receive research support and several pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and sales milestones totaling up to $300 million for this new program in celiac disease. Additionally, Selecta is also entitled to up to double digit tiered royalties as percentage of product net sales for any commercialized immunotherapy resulting from these efforts with Sanofi. November 2012, Selecta announced that they had formed a strategic global collaboration to discover highly targeted, antigen-specific immunotherapies for life threatening allergies. Under the agreement, Sanofi obtained a first exclusive license to develop an immunotherapy designed to abate acute immune responses against a life threatening food allergen and an option to develop two additional candidate immunotherapies for allergies and celiac disease. With the exercise of this option by Sanofi, Selecta and Sanofi now have two initiatives actively advancing immune tolerance treatments under the terms of the 2012 agreement. In October 2014, Selecta and JDRF announced another collaboration with Sanofi to research novel antigen-specific immune therapies for Type 1 Diabetes.
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