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June 19, 2014
16:16 EDTSNY, MACKMerrimack to regain worldwide rights to commercialize MM-121
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (MACK) announced that it has reached an agreement with Sanofi (SNY) to regain worldwide rights to develop and commercialize MM-121, a monoclonal antibody designed to block ErbB3, or HER3, activation in patients with heregulin-positive tumors and improve response to standard of care treatments. In partnership with Sanofi, Merrimack completed an extensive Phase 2 program for MM-121 which was designed to assess the role of ErbB3 in a number of cancer indications in both the metastatic and neoadjuvant settings. In advanced settings of ovarian cancer, ER/PR+ HER2 negative breast cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, Merrimack was able to identify that heregulin, the principal ligand that binds to and activates the ErbB3 receptor, is associated with poor response to standard of care therapy and that adding MM-121 may restore sensitivity in these most at-risk patients. Consistent across three metastatic cancer indications with three different standard of care therapies, patients in these trials with heregulin-positive tumors experienced a statistically significant reduction in their risk of progression when they received a combination with MM-121. Heregulin-driven drug resistance pathways were found to be active in approximately 30%-50% of patients tested.
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May 27, 2015
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08:01 EDTSNYRetrophin agrees to sell Pediatric PRV to Sanofi
Retrophin (RTRX) announced an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher to Sanofi (SNY). Retrophin received the Pediatric PRV when Cholbam was approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients suffering from bile acid synthesis disorders due to single enzyme defects, and for patients with peroxisomal disorders. Upon closing of the transaction, Retrophin will receive a payment of $150M, followed by two equal installments of $47.5M in 2016 and 2017. The company will receive a total consideration of $245M in cash from Sanofi in exchange for the Pediatric PRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
May 26, 2015
08:14 EDTSNYBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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08:01 EDTSNYSanofi's Genzyme to present Aubagio, Lemtrada data at CMSC
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May 22, 2015
10:52 EDTSNYJPMorgan says Actavis shares cheap compared to peers
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May 21, 2015
14:48 EDTSNYRegeneron primary driver remains Praluent, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted that Regeneron (REGN) shares are at all-time highs after the company and partner Sanofi reported Phase IIb data on Dupilumab and Phase III data on Sarilumab. However, the firm believes the primary driver for Regeneron remains Praluent and firm expects launch costs to outstrip sales growth. Piper acknowledges Regeneron has "one of the richest pipelines in all of biotech," but it sees risk around Amgen's (AMGN) patent suit and keeps its Neutral rating and $484 price target on the stock.
05:15 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive topline results from sarilumab Phase 3 study
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May 20, 2015
11:09 EDTMACKMerrimack management to meet with Jefferies
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May 19, 2015
06:55 EDTSNYGenocea could be takeover target after data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) will report positive Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization results late in Q2. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes targeting Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Positive GEN-003 data could position Genocea as a potential acquisition target by a larger vaccine player, Tenthoff tells investors today in a research note. Large vaccine makers include Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Novartis (NVS). The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Genocea with a $14 price target. Shares of the clinical-stage vaccine developer with a $227M market capitalization closed yesterday up 83c to $10.22.
May 18, 2015
12:34 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive pivotal Phase 2b dupilumab data in asthma
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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
10:29 EDTSNYAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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