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November 13, 2012
16:06 EDTLLY, INCYEli Lilly, Incyte announce additional Phase IIb baricitinib data
Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) and Incyte Corporation (INCY) announced 24-week results from the continuation of an ongoing Phase IIb study of baricitinib, an orally available janus kinase inhibitor, in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis who had an inadequate response to treatment with methotrexate. Additionally, Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology was used in a sub-study to examine the effect of baricitinib on joint erosion and other markers of structural changes in and around the joint. Positive results of the placebo-controlled 12-week portion of the study were presented at the European League Against Rheumatism's Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in June. Patients taking baricitinib 4 mg or 8 mg once daily reported significant differences in ACR20, ACR50 and ACR70 responses compared with patients taking placebo. Data from the 12- to 24-week portion of the study, which did not include a placebo control, showed that patients who continued to receive 2 mg, 4 mg or 8 mg baricitinib once daily doses maintained or improved ACR20, ACR50 and ACR70 responses. The study also included a large sub-study of 154 patients using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to examine the effect of different doses of baricitinib on joint changes in a subgroup of patients with erosive RA and inadequate response to treatment with methotrexate. There was statistically significant improvement in both the Total Inflammation Score and the Total Joint Damage Score for both 4 mg and 8 mg baricitinib doses compared with placebo at 12 weeks. The effects persisted through 24 weeks.
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October 21, 2014
08:32 EDTLLYFDA accepted NDA for empagliflozin plus
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07:54 EDTINCYLeerink a buyer of Alkermes, ImmunoGen, Incyte
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07:15 EDTLLYFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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October 17, 2014
10:51 EDTLLYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:01 EDTINCYIncyte names Gryska CFO to succeed Hastings
Incyte announced the appointment of David Gryska as Executive Vice President and CFO, effective October 31. Gryska will succeed David Hastings, who has served as Incyte’s Executive Vice President and CFO since October 2003. Hastings, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities, will remain with Incyte through the end of November and will work closely with Gryska to ensure a seamless transition.
October 16, 2014
14:36 EDTLLYLilly to close Guayama facility, will take 16c charge in Q4
Eli Lilly announced plans to conclude production and pursue a sale of one of its three manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico. The manufacturing site, located in Guayama, Puerto Rico, will remain in operation until the end of 2015. All of the approximately 100 full-time non-contracted employees currently working in Guayama will be offered employment at Lilly's Carolina, Puerto Rico, location. As a result of this action, the company expects to record a charge of approximately $170M or approximately 16c per share, after tax, in Q414. While Lilly will initiate efforts to sell the Guayama site, the company will continue to invest in two manufacturing plants at Carolina. In November 2013, Lilly announced a $200M investment to increase capacity in its Carolina-based insulin active ingredient manufacturing plant. In July, Lilly announced an additional $40M in investments to increase capabilities at its Carolina-based drug product site as part of a rebalancing of Lilly's oral solid dosage network.
October 14, 2014
07:15 EDTLLYBiotech Industry Organization to hold a summit
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October 10, 2014
10:03 EDTLLYEli Lilly olaratumab granted orphan designation as soft tissue sarcoma treatment
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October 8, 2014
10:55 EDTLLYLeerink 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.
06:11 EDTLLYNovartis 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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