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April 22, 2014
05:38 EDTNVS, LLYEli Lilly acquires Novartis Animal Health for $5.4B in all-cash transaction
Eli Lilly (LLY) announced an agreement to acquire Novartis (NVS) Animal Health for approximately $5.4B in an all-cash transaction that will strengthen and diversify Lilly's own animal health business, Elanco. Upon completion of the acquisition, Elanco will be the second-largest animal health company in terms of global revenue, will solidify its number two ranking in the U.S., and improve its position in Europe and the rest of the world. Lilly will acquire Novartis Animal Health's nine manufacturing sites, six dedicated research and development facilities, a global commercial infrastructure with a portfolio of approximately 600 products, a robust pipeline with more than 40 projects in development, and an experienced team of more than 3,000 employees. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will acquire all assets of Novartis Animal Health for a total purchase price of approximately $5.4B, including anticipated tax benefits. Lilly plans to fund this acquisition with approximately $3.4B of cash-on-hand and $2B in debt to be issued. No other financial terms of the transaction are being disclosed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 1Q15, subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, similar requirements outside the U.S., and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions.
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March 23, 2015
08:46 EDTLLYEli Lilly price target raised to $85 from $78 at Cowen
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08:06 EDTLLYPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
Pfizer (PFE) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced that they are preparing to resume the Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. As a result, Pfizer expects to receive a $200M upfront payment from Lilly in accordance with their collaboration agreement. This announcement follows a decision by the U.S. FDA to lift the partial clinical hold on the tanezumab development program after a review of a robust body of nonclinical data characterizing the sympathetic nervous system response to tanezumab. The data were submitted to the FDA in February. In the prior clinical studies of more than 11,000 patients, tanezumab demonstrated clinically meaningful efficacy vs. placebo and other select commonly used pain medicines. A partial clinical hold has been in place for tanezumab and all other anti-nerve growth factor antibodies since December 2012 due to adverse changes in the sympathetic nervous system of mature animals. Studies in terminal cancer pain were allowed to proceed.
08:05 EDTLLYPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
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07:17 EDTLLYAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
March 20, 2015
12:33 EDTNVSNovartis says CLEAR Phase IIb study met primary endpoint
Novartis announced results from the CLEAR study demonstrating that Cosentyx is significantly superior to Stelara, a widely used biologic, in achieving clear or almost clear skin for psoriasis patients. The detailed findings were presented in a late-breaking research session at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco, USA. Cosentyx -- at a dose of 300 mg -- is the first and only interleukin-17A inhibitor approved to treat adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. In this Phase IIIb study, Cosentyx met the primary endpoint of showing superiority to Stelara as assessed by the Psoriasis Area Severity Index 90 response, known as clear to almost clear skin at Week 16. PASI 90 is considered an important measure of treatment success by the European Medicines Agency and an optimal treatment goal for patients. In addition, completely clear skin at Week 16 was achieved by significantly more patients treated with Cosentyx than those receiving Stelara. In addition, Cosentyx demonstrated rapid onset of action and greater efficacy at all time points in the study up to Week 16, with 50% of Cosentyx patients achieving PASI 75 as early as Week 4 compared to Stelara. The CLEAR study follows the pivotal Phase III FIXTURE study, which showed Cosentyx was superior to Enbrel.
11:33 EDTLLYFly Review: Analysts correctly predict jump in Biogen shares
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are rallying after the company reported results for a Phase 1b study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. On March 18, as reported on that day by The Fly, RBC Capital predicted that the stock would rise after the results were published. A number of other firms were also upbeat on the stock ahead of the data release. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier this morning Biogen announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. Beta amyloid is a protein that produces plaque in the brain. Scientists suspect that plaques in the brain are a cause of Alzheimer's. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. PRE-EVENT CALLS: RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee predicted earlier this week in a note to investors that Biogen would report strong data for BIIB-037 and the stock should "work higher" after the data is unveiled. Alzheimer's patients taking the high dose of Biogen's BIIB-037 drug should exhibit a stabilization of cognition levels, Yee stated. Conversely, the cognition levels of patients taking the placebo should drop slightly, the analyst predicted. On March 13, in a note summarized by The Fly on that day, JPMorgan recommended buying Biogen shares ahead of the data release. Investors still incorporated a low probability of success for the drug, and the stock could rise further, the firm wrote. On March 19, in a note also published by The Fly, Credit Suisse wrote that Biogen's multiple could rise if the data on BIIB-037 was positive. It raised its price target on the name to $500 from $400. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Barclays raised Biogen's price target to $500 from $435 following the company's report of "impressive" full results from the Alzheimer's study. Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer also raised his price target for Biogen shares to $500 this morning, calling today’s BIIB-037 results "robust and impressive." Schimmer believes the trial showed a "consistent and dramatic" dose effect on both radiographic and clinical disease features and thinks the side effects "pale in comparison" to the drug’s efficacy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY) are also currently developing similar Alzheimer's treatments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Biogen rose 7% to $464. The stock is up about 9% since Wednesday. Eli Lilly shares are up 1.6% to $75.40 this morning, while Roche rose 2.2% to $35. Reference Link
09:57 EDTLLYLeerink major pharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:01 EDTLLYEli Lilly up 2% to $75.75 in pre-market trading
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08:01 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Innovent Biologics announce strategic alliance
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07:41 EDTLLY, NVSAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
15:55 EDTNVSAmgen injunction bid for Neupogen biosimilar denied, Reuters reports
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15:13 EDTNVSAmgen denied preliminary injunction for biologics against Novartis, Reuters says
08:08 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Hanmi sign license and collaboration agreement
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March 18, 2015
12:48 EDTLLYFly Watch: Biogen predicted to report strong Alzheimer's data this Friday
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07:46 EDTLLYLilly Roche would have upbeat read through from strong BIIB data, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that the data for Biogen's (BIIB) Alzheimer's treatment, due to be released on Friday, is widely expected to be positive. The firm thinks that positive data would boost the outlook for similar Alzheimer's drugs being developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY), since consensus estimates for those drugs are low. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on Eli Lilly and Roche.
March 17, 2015
12:51 EDTNVSNovartis hit with $100M gender discrimination lawsuit, Reuters reports
A proposed class action lawsuit against Novartis claims the drug maker routinely denied female employees equal pay and promotional opportunities, reports Reuters. The $110M lawsuit filed on Tuesday says Novartis' Alcon Laboratories maintains a "boy's club atmosphere" that is hostile to women and bars them from leadership positions. Reference Link
05:32 EDTNVSIncyte announces Novartis receives EC approval for Jakavi
Incyte (INCY) announced that Novartis (NVS) received approval from the European Commission for Jakavi for the treatment of adult patients with polycythemia vera, or PV, who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakavi is the first targeted treatment approved by the European Commission for these patients. Under the Incyte-Novartis Collaboration and License Agreement signed in 2009, Novartis received exclusive development and commercialization rights to ruxolitinib outside of the United States for all hematologic and oncologic indications, and sells ruxolitinib under the name Jakavi. Ruxolitinib is marketed by Incyte in the United States as Jakafi. Jakafi is approved by the FDA for treatment of people with polycythemia vera who have had an inadequate response to or are intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakafi is also indicated for treatment of people with intermediate or high-risk myelofibrosis, or MF, including primary MF, post–polycythemia vera MF, and post–essential thrombocythemia MF.
05:30 EDTNVSNovartis receives EU approval for Jakavi in polycythemia vera
Novartis announced that the European Commission has approved Jakavi for the treatment of adult patients with polycythemia vera, or PV, who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakavi is the first targeted treatment approved by the European Commission for these patients. Jakavi is the only JAK 1/2 inhibitor available to treat PV and is also currently approved in more than 80 countries to treat myelofibrosis.
March 16, 2015
07:27 EDTLLYBiodel BIOD-961 Phase 1 clinical trial meets primary efficacy endpoint
Biodel (BIOD) announced positive preliminary results from Study 6-101, a Phase 1 clinical trial comparing Biodel's lyophilized glucagon formulation BIOD-961, designed for use in a proprietary Glucagon Emergency Management, or GEM, auto-reconstitution device, to Eli Lilly's (LLY) Glucagon Emergency Rescue Kit and Novo Nordisk's GlucaGen HypoKit, which are marketed for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia. Study 6-101 was a randomized, single-center, double blind, six-period cross over study in 15 healthy volunteers who received each glucagon administered subcutaneously, or SC, and intramuscularly, or IM, in a randomized treatment sequence. The objectives of the study were to compare the pharmacokinetic, or PK, profiles, the pharmacodynamic, or PD, glucose, responses, and the PK/PD relationships of IM and SC dosing, as well as to assess safety profiles of the three test glucagons. Study 6-101 was a Phase 1 randomized, single-center, double blind, six-period cross over study designed to evaluate the PK and PD profiles of BIOD-961 compared to marketed glucagon formulations manufactured by Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk. BIOD-961 is a lyophilized glucagon formulation designed for use in the GEM auto-reconstitution device. On six separate dosing days, each subject received 1 mg of one of the test glucagons delivered either SC or IM. Fifteen normal, healthy subjects were randomized into the study and ten completed all dosings. The objectives of the study were to compare the PK profiles, the PD responses, and the PK/PD relationships of IM and SC dosing, as well as to assess safety profiles of the three test glucagons. These data will facilitate selection of an appropriate marketed glucagon to use as a comparator in the planned pivotal study, in which the primary efficacy endpoint for approval is to demonstrate PK and PD bioequivalence of BIOD-961 to one of the marketed comparators.
March 13, 2015
05:40 EDTNVSNovartis to present Cosentyx data at AAD 2015
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