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13:00 EDTSNY, ITMN, RHHBYInterMune received takeover bids from Sanofi, Roche, Bloomberg says
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July 27, 2015
08:05 EDTSNYAlnylam initiates Phase 1/2 clinical trial for ALN-AAT
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) has initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial with ALN-AAT, a subcutaneously administered investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting alpha-1 antitrypsin for the treatment of AAT deficiency-associated liver disease. The Phase 1/2 trial will be conducted initially in normal healthy volunteers, and, then, in patients with alpha-1 liver disease. Initiation of this trial is based on encouraging pre-clinical data presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting May 16 – 19, 2015. The company expects to present initial clinical data from this trial in early 2016. ALN-AAT is a subcutaneously administered investigational RNAi therapeutic that utilizes Alnylam’s proprietary ESC-GalNAc-siRNA conjugate delivery technology. ESC-GalNAc-siRNA conjugates are designed to achieve targeted delivery of RNAi therapeutics to hepatocytes through uptake by the asialoglycoprotein receptor, and enable subcutaneous dosing with increased potency and durability and a wide therapeutic index. As per the filed CTA, the Phase 1/2 trial of ALN-AAT is a randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study being conducted in three parts. Parts A and B are single-dose and multi-dose, dose-escalation studies, designed to enroll up to a total of 48 healthy adult volunteers. Part C will be a multi-dose study designed to enroll up to a total of 24 adults with alpha-1 liver disease and mild-to-moderate liver fibrosis. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate safety and tolerability of single and multiple subcutaneous doses of ALN-AAT. Secondary objectives include evaluation of pharmacokinetics and clinical activity for ALN-AAT as measured by knockdown of serum AAT. In addition, biopsies will be obtained from subjects with alpha-1 liver disease to quantify the effects of treatment on levels of periodic acid-Schiff-stained globules, a measure of misfolded AAT accumulation observed in the livers of alpha-1 liver disease patients. In January 2014, Alnylam and Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, formed an alliance to accelerate and expand the development and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics across the world. The alliance is structured as a multi-product geographic alliance in the field of rare diseases. Alnylam retains product rights in North America and Western Europe, while Genzyme obtained the right to access certain programs in Alnylam's current and future Genetic Medicines pipeline, including ALN-AAT, in the rest of the world. In certain defined instances, Genzyme has co-development/co-commercialization and/or global product rights. Genzyme's rights are structured as an opt-in that is triggered upon achievement of human proof-of-principle.
07:40 EDTSNYEsperion price target lowered to $120 from $130 at Citi
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05:25 EDTSNYGenzyme acquires Caprelsa from AstraZeneca for $300M
Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) to acquire Caprelsa, a rare disease therapy, indicated for the treatment of symptomatic or progressive medullary thyroid carcinoma in patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease. Caprelsa is an oral kinase inhibitor treatment and is currently available in 28 countries. Caprelsa is in Phase III development for differentiated thyroid carcinoma, with the study expected to finish in the second half of 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, Genzyme will pay AstraZeneca up to $300M, including an upfront payment of $165M to acquire the global rights to sell and further develop Caprelsa, and further development and sales milestone payments of up to $135M. The transaction does not include the transfer of any AstraZeneca employees or facilities.
July 24, 2015
16:00 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi say the U.S. WAC price of Praluent is $40 per day
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15:27 EDTSNYEsperion likely to stay pressured until path for ETC-1002 clearer, says Barclays
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15:25 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi's cholesterol treatment Praluent gets FDA approval
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Praluent Injection, the first FDA-approved treatment in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors. Praluent is indicated as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who require additional lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The effect of Praluent on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined. Praluent is the first and only PCSK9 inhibitor approved in the U.S. and is available in two different doses- 75 mg and 150 mg. Both doses of Praluent are available in a single 1 milliliter injection delivered in a single-dose prefilled pen or syringe that patients self-administer every two weeks. The companies carefully considered the potential medical value that Praluent offers patients in determining the Wholesale Acquisition Cost. The U.S. WAC price of Praluent is $40 per day, $1,120 every 28 days, for both the 75 mg and 150 mg doses, making Praluent the lowest priced patient-administered monoclonal antibody therapy on an annualized basis. Actual costs to patients, payers and health systems are anticipated to be lower as WAC pricing does not reflect discounts or rebates. Out-of-pocket costs to patients will vary depending on insurance status and eligibility for patient assistance.
14:44 EDTSNYEsperion slides after FDA assigns indication for rival cholesterol drug
Shares of Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), a drug company focused on LDL-cholesterol lowering therapies, are sharply lower in afternoon trading after the FDA granted approval for the first cholesterol-lowering treatment approved in a new class of drugs known as proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 inhibitors. WHAT'S NEW: This afternoon, the FDA announced the approval of Praluent injection, which is a PCSK9 drug marketed by Sanofi (SNY) and Regeneron (REGN). Praluent is approved for use in addition to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy in adult patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or patients with clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks or strokes, who require additional lowering of LDL cholesterol, the FDA indicated. The drug, like Esperion's ETC-1002, seeks to lower patients' cholesterol. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Esperion shares are down 12% to $84.21. The stock spiked as low as $81.50 immediately after the FDA made its announcement regarding Praulent. Meanwhile, Sanofi shares are fractionally higher and Regeneron shares are halted.
14:20 EDTSNYSanofi drops 0.4% to $53.32 after FDA makes announcement on Praluent
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14:20 EDTSNYFDA approves Regeneron, Sanofi cholesterol-lowering treatment
The announced the approval of Praluent injection, the first cholesterol-lowering treatment approved in a new class of drugs known as proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 inhibitors. Praluent is approved for use in addition to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy in adult patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or patients with clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks or strokes, who require additional lowering of LDL cholesterol. Praluent is marketed by Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) and Regeneron (REGN). Shares of Regeneron remain halted.
07:21 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi say CHMP recommends Euro approval of Praluent treatment
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent, recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. Praluent is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union in late September. The CHMP opinion was based on the benefit-risk profile of Praluent, following review of efficacy and safety data from more than 5,000 patients across 10 pivotal Phase 3 double-blind trials ranging from six months to two years. Clinical data from the ODYSSEY Phase 3 program show consistent, positive results in reducing LDL-C. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set a target action date of July 24 for the Biologics License Application of Praluent. The safety and efficacy of Praluent have not been fully evaluated by any other regulatory authority.
07:18 EDTSNYRegeneron and Sanofi's Praluent recommended for approval in Europe
Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent, recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. Praluent is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union in late September.
07:16 EDTSNYFDA PDUFA Date for Regeneron and Sanofi BLA for Praluent is July 24, 2015
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July 23, 2015
06:27 EDTRHHBYRoche CEO expects biosimilars in Europe by late 2017, Reuters reports
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05:46 EDTRHHBYRoche expects FY15 sales to grow low- mid-single digits
Expects FY15 core EPS to grow ahead of sales at constant exchange rates. Roche expects to further increase dividend in Swiss francs.
05:45 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 1H15 core EPS CHF 7.22 vs. 7.57 last year
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July 21, 2015
12:47 EDTSNYPiper confident in Regeneron approval by Friday
After Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha received marketing authorization in Europe, making it the first of the anti-PCSK9 antibody to be approved worldwide, Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expressed confidence that Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi's (SNY) anti-PCSK9 antibody Praluent will be approved by Friday's FDA action date. Tenthoff believes Praluent will eventually be a blockbuster drug, but anticipates the launch to be slow. He keeps a Neutral rating on Regeneron with a $484 price target.
07:05 EDTRHHBYOphthotech names Shima as Chief Scientific Officer, Bjarke as CCO
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July 20, 2015
07:33 EDTRHHBYInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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05:13 EDTRHHBYRoche expands HIV Global Access Program
Roche announced an expansion to the HIV Global Access Program to include early infant HIV diagnostic testing for low and middle income countries. Roche, in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, or CHAI, UNITAID, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, is committed to working with the Diagnostics Access Initiative by providing state-of-the-art solutions to achieve the 90-90-90 goal set forth by UNAIDS. Announced in 2014, the HIV Global Access Program is Roche's most recent addition to the AmpliCare Initiative, which launched in 2002 in South Africa.
July 14, 2015
06:04 EDTRHHBYRoche says atezolizumab met primary endpoint in IMvigor 210 trial
Roche announced that in the IMvigor 210 study, the investigational cancer immunotherapy atezolizumab shrank tumors -- objective response rate, ORR, the primary end point of this Phase II study -- in people with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial bladder cancer who had progressed on initial treatment. High amounts of PD-L1 expression by a person’s cancer correlated with increased response to the medicine. Adverse events were consistent with what has been previously observed for atezolizumab. Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development, said, “We plan to present results at an upcoming medical meeting and will discuss next steps with health authorities to bring a new treatment option to patients as soon as possible.” Last year, the U.S. FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for atezolizumab in people whose metastatic bladder cancer expressed PD-L1. This designation is designed to expedite the development and review of medicines intended to treat serious diseases. In addition to the IMvigor 210 study, Roche has an ongoing randomised Phase III study, IMvigor 211, comparing atezolizumab with standard-of-care chemotherapy in people who have relapsed UBC, and a planned Phase III study, IMvigor 010, that will evaluate atezolizumab compared with observation in people with early-stage muscle-invasive bladder cancer who are selected for PD-L1 expression and are at risk for recurrence.
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