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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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February 8, 2016
06:28 EDTSNYPharma trade group rolls out ad campaign aimed at lawmakers, WSJ says
The pharmaceutical industry is launching a new ad campaign with the intention of improving its reputation with lawmakers in an effort to lobby against drug price restrictions, the Wall Street Journal reports. The industry's biggest trade group the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, says it plans to spend several million dollars this year, and 10% more than it spent last year, on digital, radio, and print advertisements that highlight the sector's role in developing new drugs and advancing medical science, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Reference Link
February 2, 2016
11:09 EDTSNYSanofi plans to cut 600 jobs in France over three years, Bloomberg reports
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07:24 EDTSNYSanofi, Merck mulling exiting vaccine JV, Bloomberg reports
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05:19 EDTSNYSanofi Pasteur launches R&D project targeting prevention of Zika virus infection
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January 29, 2016
13:38 EDTSNYAmgen wins right to allege willful infringement in Praluent suit, Markman says
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January 26, 2016
15:31 EDTSNYMannKind exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
MannKind (MNKD), whose shares have plunged 40% since Sanofi (SNY) terminated an agreement for the development and commercialization of inhaled insulin drug Afrezza, is now exploring its strategic options, including a potential sale, reported Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. MannKind shares are up about 20% to 90c in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link

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