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January 21, 2014
07:12 EDTAZN, FRX, IRWDIronwood reports Q4 LINZESS net product sales $51M, as reported by Forest
Ironwood (IRWD) says LINZESS net product sales, as reported by Forest Laboratories (FRX) were $51M in Q4, an increase of approximately 48% quarter over quarter, and $118.8M for the year ended December 31, 2013. More than 220,000 LINZESS prescriptions were filled in Q4, resulting in more than 24% growth in total prescriptions quarter over quarter, and over 580,000 LINZESS prescriptions were filled in 2013, according to IMS Health. In 2013, more than 50,000 healthcare practitioners prescribed LINZESS, including approximately 90% of high prescribing gastroenterologists and approximately 70% of other high prescribing healthcare practitioners, primarily primary care physicians. Physician prescribing continues to increase month over month. Almirall, S.A., Ironwood’s European partner, continues to launch CONSTELLA in Europe. CONSTELLA is currently available to adult IBS-C patients in nine countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom and Germany. Ironwood and AstraZeneca (AZN) continue to enroll patients in a Phase III clinical trial of linaclotide in adult patients with IBS-C in China. The trial is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015. Astellas Pharma Inc. has completed enrollment in a Phase II double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging clinical trial of linaclotide in adult patients with IBS-C in Japan.
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June 30, 2015
10:19 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Eolas Therapeutics partner on EORA program for smoking cessation
Eolas Therapeutics said that is has entered into a worldwide license and partnership agreement with AstraZeneca on the Eolas Orexin-1 Receptor Antagonist program for smoking cessation and other indications. The EORA program was awarded a Blueprint Neurotherapeutics grant from the National Institutes of Health for the development of the program from the preclinical stage through phase I clinical trials. The total deal potential is in excess of $145M. This includes upfront, clinical and regulatory milestone payments. Additionally, Eolas is eligible to receive royalties on commercial sales.
June 29, 2015
16:13 EDTAZNFibroGen announces receipt of $120M license payment from AstraZeneca
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June 25, 2015
14:00 EDTAZNAstraZeneca initiated with a Hold at HSBC
Price target GBP 46.40.
June 24, 2015
09:07 EDTAZNCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
06:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca loses top executive Ward-Lilley to Vectura, Reuters reports
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June 23, 2015
07:31 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics announces FDA authorization of clinical trial with AZD2811
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June 18, 2015
07:36 EDTAZNReceptos remains an attractive takeover candidate, says Leerink
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June 17, 2015
11:28 EDTIRWDJPMorgan reiterates Overweight on Ironwood amid selloff
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11:27 EDTIRWDSynergy's plecanatide not yet a threat to Ironwood's Linzess, says BofA/Merrill
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10:44 EDTIRWDSynergy a potential takeover target after constipation drug data
The shares of Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) are rallying after the company announced that its chronic constipation treatment had met its primary endpoint in a Phase 3 clinical trial. Research firm Canaccord has previously identified Synergy as a potential takeover target and a Bloomberg report said the company had hired advisers to explor a potential sale. WHAT'S NEW: Synergy reported this morning that the 3 mg and 6 mg versions of its anti-constipation drug, plecanatide, had met their primary endpoint in a Phase III trial. Specifically, a statistically significant percentage of patients taking both versions of the drugs responded favorably, based on criteria that the FDA uses to determine approval of chronic constipation treatments, the company stated. Plecanatide was safe and well tolerated at both dose, and the results were positive, the company reported. "These results strengthen our belief that plecanatide has the potential to not only effectively treat constipation but with a durability and tolerability profile that is ideal for chronic use," said Synergy CEO Gary Jacob. "We look forward to the results of our second pivotal trial in the coming weeks," he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on May 22, Canaccord analyst Corey Davis initiated coverage of Synergy with a Buy rating. There is "a high likelihood" that data from the company's four Phase III trials due to be conducted over the next year will be positive and the company would be an attractive takeover target if its Phase III data is positive, Jacobs wrote. The analyst placed an $11 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, in March, Bloomberg reported that Synergy was talking to advisers about potentially selling the company after its competitor, Salix Pharmaceuticals, had agreed to be acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). After the company reported the trial results today, its CEO told Bloomberg that "all options are on the table." IRONWOOD: The shares of Ironwood (IRWD), whose Linzess drug also treats chronic constipation, are falling today following Synergy's data readout. Canaccord's Davis had said that the diarrhea rate of patients taking Synergy's plecanatide had to come in at 10% or lower for the drug to achieve "best differentiation" versus Linzess. Patients taking the 3 mg dose of plecanatide had a diarrhea rate of 5.5%, while 5.9% of those taking the 6 mg dose experienced diarrhea, Synergy reported. Linzess is co-marketed by Ironwood and Forest Pharmaceuticals, a unit of Allergan (AGN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Synergy surged 45% to $6.74, while Ironwood slid fractionally to $12.16.
09:25 EDTIRWDIronwood slips after Synergy announces data on constipation drug
Shares of Ironwood (IRWD) are lower in pre-market trading after Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) announced top-line results from the first of two pivotal phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and safety of two different plecanatide treatment doses in adult patients with chronic idiopathic constipation. Plecanatide was safe and well tolerated at both doses, Synergy said, noting that the most common adverse event was diarrhea, which occurred in 5.9% of patients in 3.0 mg and 5.5% of patients in 6.0 mg dose groups. Ironwood’s competing Linzess drug had a 16% diarrhea rate for CIC patients, according to its FDA label. Linzess is co-marketed by Ironwood and Forest Pharmaceuticals, a unit of Allergan (AGN). Ironwood shares are down 45c, or 3.7%, to $11.75 in pre-market trading.

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