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August 25, 2014
10:40 EDTGSK, MNK, RHHBY, SNY, GILD, ITMN, ALIOF, ARIA, CELGBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
Shares of a number of biopharmaceutical companies are climbing after drug maker Roche (RHHBY) agreed to buy its smaller peer, Intermune (ITMN). InterMune focuses on developing treatments for respiratory and orphan fibrotic diseases. WHAT'S NEW: Roche agreed to buy InterMune for $74 per share in an all-cash transaction, the companies announced yesterday. InterMune's stock closed at $53.80 on Friday and the takeover price represents a premium of 38% to InterMune's closing price on August 22 and a premium of 63% to InterMune's closing price on August 12, the companies stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 11, an investment blog, "Betaville," said that InterMune was rumored to be exploring strategic options. On August 13, Bloomberg reported that InterMune had received takeover bids from Roche, Sanofi (SNY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Actelion (ALIOF). InterMune was evaluating the bids, the news service stated at the time. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Bernstein wrote that the deal makes sense strategically for Roche. The transaction "rounds out" the company's respiratory based offerings and it makes sense for the company to diversify, according to the firm, which kept an Outperform rating on Roche. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, InterMune soared 36% to $73 and Roche shares trading in New York added 0.7% to $36.56. Meanwhile, Gilead (GILD) rose 2.6% to $106.67, Celgene (CELG) advanced 2% to $93.50, MannKind (MNKD) gained 3.4% to $7.36, and Ariad Pharmacticals (ARIA) climbed 3% to $6.09.
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May 18, 2015
09:23 EDTRHHBYRoche upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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08:44 EDTCELGCelgene data positive, says SunTrust
SunTrust believes that data presented for Celgene's GED-0301 in Crohn's indicated that the drug is effective irrespective of baseline disease severity and CRP levels.Consequently, the firm thinks the data addressed questions raised in an NEJM editorial about the drug. It keeps a $141 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:31 EDTCELGCelgene, Acceleron granted fast track designations for luspatercept
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May 17, 2015
14:59 EDTSNYL'Oreal CEO 'ready' to sell Sanofi stake if needed, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:11 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports 16.12% stake in HTG Molecular
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11:08 EDTGILDOmega 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).
10:29 EDTSNYAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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09:31 EDTGSK, MNK, ALIOF, GILDAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
May 14, 2015
11:11 EDTCELGAnalysts divided on significance of Celgene blood cancer drug data
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09:22 EDTRHHBYLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:04 EDTARIAARIAD to present data on Iclusig, brigatinib at ASCO meeting
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May 13, 2015
18:12 EDTRHHBYGenentech alectinib shrank tumors in about half of ALK-positive NSCLC patients
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17:42 EDTCELGCelgene announces over 55 blood, solid tumor cancer study presentations at ASCO
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17:04 EDTRHHBYGenentech announces interim results from POPLAR study
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced interim results from a global, randomized Phase II study, POPLAR, in people with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer, NSCLC. The study showed the investigational cancer immunotherapy MPDL3280A doubled the likelihood of survival; hazard ratio [HR]=0.47) in people whose cancer expressed the highest levels of PD-L1 compared with docetaxel chemotherapy. An improvement in survival was also observed in people who had medium and high or any level of PD-L1 expression, as characterized by a test being developed by Roche. MPDL3280A was generally well tolerated and adverse events were consistent with what has been previously reported for MPDL3280A in NSCLC. Updated results will be presented in an oral session at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “In our study of MPDL3280A in previously treated lung cancer, the amount of PD-L1 expressed by a person’s cancer correlated with improvement in survival,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. “The goal of PD-L1 as a biomarker is to identify people most likely to experience improved overall survival with MPDL3280A alone, and which people may be appropriate candidates for a combination of medicines.”
13:12 EDTGILDSen. Sanders urges VA to break patents on Gilead hepatitis C drugs
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11:38 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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07:31 EDTGILD, SNYHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
07:07 EDTGSKGSK, Emergent BioSolutions, Oxford initiate Prime Boost study of Ebola vaccine
A new phase 1 study has begun at the University of Oxford that will investigate the use of a modified vaccinia Ankara, or MVA, Ebola Zaire vaccine candidate, or MVA EBOZ, as a prime-boost to GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Chimp Adenovirus type 3, or ChAd3, Ebola vaccine candidate. The study, being conducted by the clinical research group of Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute, has received regulatory approval to begin from the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA. The phase 1 study has a planned enrollment of 38 volunteers of which 6 will receive MVA EBOZ only while the other 32 will receive ChAd3-EBO-Z prime followed by MVA EBOZ boost. Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) manufactured the supply of MVA EBOZ to be used in this phase 1 study, which is being conducted in the U.K. with support from the Wellcome Trust and the U.K. Department for International Development.
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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