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February 5, 2014
06:44 EDTINCY, AMGN, PFE, MRKMerck signs three clinical collaboration agreements to evaluate MK-3475
Merck (MRK) announced it has signed three separate clinical collaboration agreements, through subsidiaries, with Amgen (AMGN), Incyte (INCY) and Pfizer (PFE) to evaluate novel combination regimens with MK-3475, Merck's investigational anti-PD-1 immunotherapy. The financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
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May 26, 2015
09:23 EDTAMGNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up marginally after reporting third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Geeknet (GKNT), up 119.7% after being acquired by Hot Topic for $17.50 per share... IntelliPharmaCeutics (IPCI), up 16.8% after being granted fast track designation for Rexista Oxycodone by FDA... McDermott (MDR), up 9.2% after favorable mention in Barron's and after being awarded a project for 12 jackets offshore Saudi Arabia... Time Warner Cable (TWC), up 5.2% following announcement of merger with Charter (CHTR)... Charter is up fractionally. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sky-mobi (MOBI), down 7.9%. ALSO LOWER: Etsy (ETSY), down 5.7% following a Wall Street Journal report that Amazon.com (AMZN) is targeting Etsy with an artisan goods marketplace... First Solar (FSLR), down 4.1% after being downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... AstraZeneca (AZN), down 1.9% after Amgen (AMGN) ends participation in co-development and commercialization of brodalumab... Amgen is down 1.5%.
06:36 EDTMRKMerck announces Simponi received CHMP positive opinion
MSD, known as Merck & Co., in the U.S. and Canada, announced that SIMPONI has received CHMP positive opinion for the treatment of adult patients with severe, active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis with objective signs of inflammation as indicated by elevated C-reactive protein, or CRP, and/or magnetic resonance imaging evidence, who have had an inadequate response to, or are intolerant to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Once the EU commission issues their EC decision, and if approved, nr-axial SpA patients can be considered for the once-monthly subcutaneous injection with SIMPONI.
May 22, 2015
16:24 EDTAMGNAmgen to end participation in co-development and commercialization of brodalumab
Amgen (AMGN) announced the company has commenced termination of its participation in the co-development and commercialization of brodalumab with AstraZeneca (AZN). Brodalumab, an investigational IL-17 inhibitor, is in development for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and axial spondyloarthritis. The decision was based on events of suicidal ideation and behavior in the brodalumab program, which Amgen believes likely would necessitate restrictive labeling. After Amgen transitions the program to AstraZeneca, future decisions on the clinical development and submission of marketing applications for brodalumab will be at the sole discretion of AstraZeneca for all territories, except for certain Asian territories, including Japan, where Kyowa Hakko Kirin has rights to brodalumab. Amgen has decided to focus its efforts and resources on other key molecules that address unmet medical needs and deliver value to patients and shareholders. The Company continues to make progress against its strategic and financial commitments and does not expect any meaningful impact from this decision on its ability to meet them.
10:52 EDTPFE, MRKJPMorgan says Actavis shares cheap compared to peers
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07:32 EDTAMGNAmgen receives positive CHMP opinion for use of Repatha
Amgen announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Repatha recommending approval for use in certain patients with high cholesterol. Repatha is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or "bad" cholesterol, from the blood. The effect of Repatha on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not yet been determined.
07:22 EDTMRKMerck receives positive CHMP opinion for Pembrolizumab in advanced melanoma
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07:15 EDTMRKMerck receives positive CHMP opinion for KEYTRUDA in advanced melanoma
Merck announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of KEYTRUDA, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of advanced melanoma, as both first-line therapy and in previously treated patients. The CHMP positive opinion for KEYTRUDA, which is based on data in more than 1,500 adult patients with advanced melanoma, will now be reviewed by the European Commission for central marketing authorization in the European Union.
May 21, 2015
14:48 EDTAMGNRegeneron 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.
07:37 EDTPFEPfizer replaces AbbVie as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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May 20, 2015
09:52 EDTAMGNAlliance for Health Reform holds a webcast on biosimilars
"Biosimilars in the U.S.: Current & Emerging Issues" provides essential background on the U.S. and international markets for reference biologics and biosimilars, outline current policy and regulatory issues, and describe implications for the future. Speakers include Chief Scientific Officer Ramachandra from Hospira, Executive Director Eich from Amgen on the briefing being held on May 20 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
07:46 EDTPFEDeutsche Bank positive on potential Pfizer, GSK merger
Deutsche Bank analyst Gregg Gilbert believes a large foreign deal for Pfizer (PFE) may make sense and says a buyout of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) could be "materially" accretive to earnings while improving the company's tax situation over time. Gilbert assumes a $60 per share buyout price for GlaxoSmithKline in a research note this morning titled "Introducing 'PfizerKline'". The stock closed yesterday up 2c to $44.68. Gilbert reiterates a Buy rating on Pfizer with a $41 price target. Shares ended yesterday up 23c to $34.21.
May 19, 2015
08:57 EDTAMGNLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:51 EDTAMGNFDA PDUFA Date for Amgen's Blinatumomab is May 19, 2015
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07:28 EDTMRKUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 19 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:22 EDTINCYIncyte has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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06:55 EDTPFE, MRKGenocea 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
06:58 EDTPFEActavis CEO says chances of Pfizer offer are 'unlikely', Financial Times says
Actavis (ACT) CEO Brent Saunders said the chances of Pfizer (PFE) making an offer are "incredibly unlikely," reports the Financial Times. Saunders said he has heard the gossip that Actavis could become a takeover target for a larger group, but he spends "zero time thinking about it." Reference Link
May 15, 2015
12:13 EDTAMGNThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
09:31 EDTPFEAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
05:32 EDTAMGNAmgen presents first Phase 2 data for AMG 334
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