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August 25, 2014
10:40 EDTITMN, RHHBY, CELG, GILD, MNK, ARIA, SNY, GSK, ALIOFBiotechs 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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October 10, 2014
09:00 EDTARIAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTCELGCelgene reports apremilast significantly improved preexisting psoriasis in study
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08:39 EDTCELGCelgene says data show Apremilast treatment resulted in improved quality of life
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08:19 EDTGILDMedivir announces Janssen initiates enrolment in phase II IMPACT study
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07:46 EDTARIAARIAD announces PRAC of EMA recommends Iclusig for continued EU use
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07:21 EDTGILDFDA PDUFA Date for Gilead Sciences Sofosbuvir is October 10, 2014
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07:16 EDTMNKAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
October 9, 2014
11:43 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD EWZ
Gilead (GILD) February 120 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38, MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) February 58 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
08:28 EDTGILDGilead to be challenged by AbbVie in HCV near-term, says Bernstein
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07:02 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals receives $18M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
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06:39 EDTMNKMallinckrodt price target raised to $110 from $95 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Mallinckrodt shares to $110 ahead of the company's October 14 analyst day and keeps a Buy rating on the name. The firm says recent trends show continued strength for Ofirmev.
October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
15:49 EDTGILDAchillion, Gilead rise after late breaking abstract for AASLD posted
Shares of Achillion (ACHN) are higher after the company announced this morning that four abstracts have been accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Among those four is a late breaker poster presentation providing updated results, including SVR12, from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study evaluating Achillion's second-generation NS5A inhibitor, in combination with sofosbuvir, without ribavirin, for eight weeks of treatment in patients with treatment-na´ve genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Sofosbuvir is sold under the brand name Sovaldi by Gilead Sciences (GILD). In a note to investors, FBR Capital noted that the "surprise" late-breaking poster for the meeting showed a 100% cure rate for the combination therapy. In late afternoon trading, Achillion shares are up 10% to $10.74 while Gilead is up 4.3% to $108.78.
11:31 EDTRHHBYFDA grants priority review for Genentech's Lucentis
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (RHHBY), announced that the U.S. FDA has accepted to file the company's supplemental Biologics License Application and granted Priority Review of Lucentis for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that impacts nearly 7.7M Americans. The FDA confirmed action date is February 6, 2015. The sBLA was submitted August 7 to address the unmet need for approved ocular medications for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. If approved by the FDA, Lucentis could be the first eye medicine available for diabetic retinopathy patients. The submission is based on results of the RISE and RIDE Phase III trials in which meaningful improvements in the disease were observed in a clinically significant proportion of diabetic retinopathy patients treated with Lucentis at two years compared to patients treated with sham injections. Benefits of Lucentis treatment were maintained during year three of treatment. The safety in the RISE and RIDE Phase III trials was consistent with previous studies.
10:55 EDTRHHBYLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss prospects for drugs that raise HDL cholesterol, effects of CETP mechanism, expectations for REVEAL data and the potential place for CETP inhibitors in a crowded hypersholesterolemia landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 11 am.
07:19 EDTMNK, RHHBYCBI to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTGILD, SNYInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
07:11 EDTCELGEuropean Academy of Dermatology and Venereology to hold a conference
23rd EADV Congress is being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 8-12.
06:11 EDTGSKNovartis says expects three executive committee members to leave
Novartis (NVS) confirmed that following completion of the transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) in the coming months, that the three business leaders of the Novartis divisions at the center of the transaction will leave the Executive Committee of Novartis. The expected changes to the ECN are subject to the closing of the transactions announced on April 22 - Novartis expects the transaction with GSK to be completed in the first half of 2015, and the transaction with Eli Lilly for its Animal Health Business to close in the first quarter of 2015. George Gunn, currently Division Head, Novartis Animal Health, will reach his contractual retirement age in July 2015 and will retire from Novartis. Upon closing of the Animal Health transaction with Lilly he will leave the ECN. Brian McNamara, currently Division Head, Novartis OTC, will transition to GSK as Head of Americas and Europe for the consumer health businesses, reporting to the President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, effective at closing of the transaction. Andrin Oswald, currently Division Head, Novartis Vaccines, will be leaving Novartis to pursue other opportunities following closing of the transaction with GSK.
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