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January 27, 2014
04:55 EDTILMN, ILMN, AET, AET, AMGN, AMGN, NVS, NVS, ECYT, ECYT, CELG, CELG, LIFE, LIFE, OMED, OMED, MRK, MRK, CERN, CERN, TROV, TROV, UNH, UNHPersonalized Medicine World Conference to hold a conference
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April 8, 2014
09:23 EDTAET, UNHLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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07:22 EDTNVSCaSA-ISPE to hold a conference
21st Annual Lilfe Sciences Technology Conference is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 8.
April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTAET, UNHCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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08:09 EDTMRKAlnylam's McSwiggen patent upheld in European opposition proceedings
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07:30 EDTILMNIllumina weakness creates buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that the recent decline in Illumina's stock is mostly related to its correlation with biotech indices, and the firm sees this correlation as "a technical rather than a fundamental phenomenon." The firm believes that demand for the company's HiSeq, MiSeq, and HiSeq X instruments are strong, and it now identifies the stock as its top pick in the tools space. It increased its price target on the shares to $170-175 from $155-$160.
07:27 EDTNVS, MRK, TROVAmerican Association of Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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05:32 EDTNVSNovartis Bexsero vaccine receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation
Novartis announced that Bexsero, Meningococcal Group B Vaccine, has received a Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA. Bexsero is already approved in Europe, Canada and Australia to help protect against invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. Novartis plans to file for U.S. licensure of Bexsero as early as Q2; exact timing will depend on guidance from the FDA. This is the fourth Breakthrough Therapy designation for Novartis, underscoring leadership in developing innovative therapies and vaccines. This announcement comes on the heels of a landmark decision from regulators in the UK, where the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended the inclusion of Bexsero in the country's National Immunisation Programme for routine use in infants from two months of age.
April 6, 2014
13:37 EDTMRKMerck presents findings on clinical outcomes following treatment with MK-3475
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April 4, 2014
10:45 EDTCELGMylan rises despite Meda rejecting takeover offer
Mylan (MYL) shares are higher this morning following a Financial Times report of its desire to buy Swedish rival Meda. Subsequent to the story being published, Meda confirmed it had been in talks with Mylan but rejected the company's takeover offer. WHAT'S NEW: The Financial Times reported that Mylan was considering buying Meda, a Swedish drugmaker, in a deal that would create a $23B+ pharmaceuticals business. Mylan reportedly hired advisers to put a deal together for Meda, and though the value of a deal was not noted, sources said Mylan was likely to pay a "significant" premium to Meda's market value, which was $4.5B at the end of trading on Thursday. Mylan's market value currently stands at $18.5B. A combination of the drugmakers would create a company with annual revenues of around $9B, the FT said, noting that would be half the size of generic drug rival Teva (TEVA). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Meda's board of directors confirmed that it was contacted by Mylan regarding a proposal to merge the companies, but the board decided to reject the proposal. Meda said all discussions between the company and Mylan have been terminated "without further actions." ANALYST REACTION: Citigroup upgraded Mylan to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target on the stock to $61 from $52 this morning. The firm cited potential operational and tax benefits from an acquisition of Meda, stating that in addition to expanding Mylan's geographic presence, the deal would increase its presence in specialty, OTC and branded generics. OTHER NEWS: Mylan sued Celgene (CELG) to block that company's efforts to keep generic versions of Revlimid and Thalomid off the market, Reuters reported. PRICE ACTION: Mylan shares are up $2.98, or 5.98%, to $52.84 in mid-morning trading.
09:02 EDTAMGNAmgen announces analysis results of Phase 3 trial of talimogene laherparepvec
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08:07 EDTMRKMerck, Ferring announce collaboration with WHO
Merck and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced their collaboration with the World Health Organization to advance a new, proprietary formulation of carbetocin, used to prevent excessive bleeding in women after childbirth, that is designed to be stable at room temperature, even in hot and tropical climates. Currently, oxytocin, the standard medicine administered for the prevention of excessive bleeding, is temperature-sensitive and requires sustained cold distribution and storage in hot climates. The WHO will conduct a multi-country clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of room-temperature-stable carbetocin, as compared to oxytocin. The development of a medicine that can be stored at room temperature has the potential to significantly improve management of bleeding following childbirth in the many areas of the world where cold storage is difficult to achieve and maintain, and thereby help reduce maternal deaths in those areas. Starting this year, the study will take place in 12 countries around the world and enroll approximately 29,000 women. If the results of the study are positive, the organizations will work together with the aim of making the medicine available in developing countries that have a high burden of maternal mortality at an affordable and sustainable public-sector price.
06:49 EDTCELGMylan sues Celgene for blocking Thalomid, Revlimid generics, Reuters says
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April 3, 2014
09:37 EDTAMGNAmgen to pay GlaxoSmithKline $275M to terminate denosumab collaboration pact
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08:27 EDTAMGNLeerink's biotech analyst holds a dinner meeting update
Biotech Analyst Liang holds an update from the AACR's Annual Meeting to discuss some of the presentations including PFE/AMGN's Palbociclib, PBYI/PFE's Neratinib, as well as other new agents for breast cancer from LLY, MDVN and CLDX, in San Diego on April 7 at 9 pm.
08:06 EDTNVSApricus Biosciences granted national phase approval for Vitaros in Luxembourg
Apricus Biosciences (APRI) announced that the Ministry of Health of Luxembourg has granted national phase approval to Vitaros, Apricus' novel topical on-demand treatment for erectile dysfunction. The company has now received a total of nine national phase approvals for Vitaros®, including Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom following its broad approval by European health authorities in June 2013. Apricus has an exclusive commercialization partnership in place with Hexal AG, an affiliate within the Sandoz Division of the Novartis (NVS), for the commercialization of Vitaros in several European countries, including Luxembourg.
06:28 EDTCELGAtopic dermatitis could bring upside to Regeneron, Celgene, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes Regeneron's (REGN) dupilumab and Celgene's (CELG) Otezla for atopic dermatitis are being overlooked by investors and could provide upside for both names. Citi believes both drugs have good efficacy but adds that dupilumab is more advanced. The firm has a Buy rating on both stocks.
06:26 EDTNVSNovartis placing temporary moratorium on all IIT funding in Japan
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06:26 EDTNVSNovartis announces third-party internal review of IITs
06:25 EDTNVSNovartis appoints Dirk Koshce as head of Novartis Pharmaceuticals
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05:31 EDTNVSNovartis says data on 19 investigational compounds to be presented
Novartis announced that early stage data on 19 investigational compounds in its oncology pipeline will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research. Among the data being presented are single agent and combination studies with key investigational compounds in the Novartis Oncology breast cancer development program, including an early phase study of the CDK4/6 inhibitor LEE011 and PI3K inhibitors BKM120 and BYL719. LEE011 and BKM120 are currently in Phase III and BYL719 is in Phase I trials for the treatment of advanced breast cancer.
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