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April 9, 2014
07:09 EDTMRK, NVS, BAYRY, SNY, RBGPFReckitt Benckiser may be frontrunner for Merck unit, Bloomberg reports
Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) is said to have an edge over rivals in bidding for Merck's (MRK) over-the-counter health business, Bloomberg reports. Reckitt is competing against Novartis (NVS), Bayer (BAYRY) and Sanofi (SNY), sources say, and could be the frontrunner because it will be able to generate the most cost savings and have fewer antitrust issues than others. Final bids for the Merck unit are expected on April 16 and sources believe the unit could fetch $10B-$12B.Reference Link
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October 15, 2014
17:03 EDTNVSNovartis announces CTL019 data demonstrating efficacy in certain ALL patients
Novartis and the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine announced preliminary results from two pilot clinical trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine, or NEJM, evaluating the efficacy and safety of CTL019 in patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or r/r ALL. The studies, conducted by Penn, demonstrated that 27 of 30 pediatric and adult patients, or 90%, experienced complete remissions with the investigational chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR, therapy CTL019. Largest published cohort to date for CTL019, which served as the basis for recent Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA. Sustained remissions of up to two years in r/r ALL patients with six-month event-free survival of 67% and overall survival of 78%.
12:42 EDTMRKNY AG announces $31M Medicaid settlement with Organon
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10:02 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:57 EDTMRKLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:29 EDTSNYSelecta, JDRF, Sanofi extend collaboration for SVP immunotherapy
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05:26 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
October 14, 2014
14:03 EDTBAYRYCompugen achieves second preclinical milestone under Bayer cancer collaboration
Compugen (CGEN) disclosed that it has achieved a second milestone in its cancer immunotherapy collaboration it entered last year with Bayer HealthCare (BAYRY). The collaboration provides for the research, development, and commercialization of antibody-based cancer therapeutics against two novel Compugen-discovered immune checkpoint regulators. The milestone being announced relates to the second preclinical milestone for one of the checkpoint protein candidates.
11:23 EDTSNY, MRK, NVSBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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09:00 EDTSNYSanofi rotavirus vaccine enters Phase III trials in India
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08:08 EDTSNYRegulus Therapeutics to present new preclinical data on multiple programs
Regulus Therapeutics (RGLS) announced that it will present new preclinical data on multiple programs and an overview of its clinical portfolio at the 10th Annual Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society meeting being held October 12-October 15 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. In a poster titled "Anti-Diabetic Activity of miR-103/107 Anti-miRs", Regulus scientists will present preclinical data further demonstrating the potential benefit of a microRNA therapeutic for the treatment of metabolic disorders. In a poster titled "Inhibition of miR-21 with RG-012 Improves Renal Function and Survival in Multiple Strains of Col4A3 Deficient Mice", Regulus scientists, in collaboration with its strategic alliance partner Sanofi (SNY), will present new preclinical data demonstrating that weekly subcutaneous delivery of RG-012 has shown to provide both glomerular and tubule protection in the kidneys of Col4A3 deficient mice in an Alport syndrome model.
October 13, 2014
07:37 EDTMRKAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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October 10, 2014
05:13 EDTNVSNovartis reports new analyses of AIN457 Phase III data show consistent efficacy
Novartis announced that new analyses of AIN457 Phase III studies showed that treatment with secukinumab 300 mg resulted in higher rates of clear to almost clear skin at Week 12 versus placebo, regardless of patients' psoriasis disease severity. Secukinumab's new mode of action stops interleukin-17A, which plays a central role in the development of psoriasis. In the analyses, the majority of patients across two disease severity subgroups, including those with severe psoriasis, experienced complete clear to almost clear skin measured as 100 or 90% reduction of respective baseline PASI, or Psoriasis Area and Severity Index. Skin clearance was sustained through one year of treatment. This is important as historically, psoriasis patients' disease severity at the start of treatment has been shown to negatively impact their response to other therapies. Disease severity subgroups were PASI less than or equal to 20 and PASI greater than 20. PASI measures redness, scaling and thickness of psoriatic plaques and the impact in regions of the body. These findings reconfirm the significantly better responses seen in the published FIXTURE study, where secukinumab showed superiority to Enbrel, a standard of care anti-TNF medication.
October 9, 2014
08:32 EDTMRKMerck HCV solutions becoming more credible, says Bernstein
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October 8, 2014
11:14 EDTMRKMerck presents new MK-5172/MK-8742 clinical study data
Merck announced that new data from clinical studies of the company’s investigational, oral, once-daily, fixed-dose combination chronic hepatitis C treatment grazoprevir/elbasvir, or MK-5172/MK-8742, are scheduled to be presented at the 65th American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Annual Meeting, also known as The Liver Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place from November 7-11. New data will also be presented for MK-3682, formerly IDX21437, as part of its purchase of Idenix Pharmaceuticals.
11:08 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses IMPROVE-IT's regulatory and commercial implications for novel LDL-lowering therapies on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 2 pm.
11:05 EDTNVSLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses congestive heart failure and the prospects for LCZ696 in HF-PEF on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 3 pm.
10:55 EDTMRKLeerink 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.
07:19 EDTNVSCBI to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTSNY, MRKInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
06:11 EDTNVSNovartis 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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