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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 23, 2014
11:57 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with Jefferies
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05:21 EDTNVSNovartis AIN457 meets primary endpoint in two Phase III studies in AS
Novartis announced that AIN457 met primary and key secondary endpoints in two pivotal Phase III studies, MEASURE 1 and MEASURE 2, in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, or AS. Key endpoints included improvements in signs and symptoms of the disease versus placebo and associated improvements in physical function and quality of life. Secukinumab is an investigational medicine that works by stopping the action of interleukin- 17A, a protein that is central to the development of inflammatory diseases, including AS. MEASURE 1 and MEASURE 2 enrolled a combined total of approximately 600 patients. Detailed results of the studies will be presented at an upcoming medical congress. Joint regulatory applications for secukinumab in AS and PsA are planned for 2015. This follows the secukinumab global regulatory applications for moderate- to-severe plaque psoriasis which were filed in October 2013 with regulatory decisions anticipated in late 2014 or early 2015.
October 22, 2014
13:37 EDTBAYRYPE firms may bid on Bayer's MaterialScience unit, Reuters says
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07:44 EDTNVSGlaxoSmithKline backs FY14 view for core EPS 'broadly similar' to FY13
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) continues to expect full year 2014 core EPS to be broadly similar to 2013 at CER and on ex-divestment basis. Glaxo says its proposed 3-part transaction with Novartis (NVS) is on track for completion in 1H15.
07:35 EDTSNY, MRKCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
07:15 EDTNVSFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:06 EDTSNYFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:44 EDTSNYActavis among bidders for Omega Pharma, Bloomberg reports
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October 20, 2014
15:09 EDTNVSNovartis reports FDA advisory committee recommends approval of secukinumab
Novartis announced the Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to the FDA voted unanimously to support the approval of AIN457, or secukinumab, a selective interleukin-17A inhibitor, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. A Biologics License Application for secukinumab is currently under FDA review with an anticipated action date in early 2015.
10:37 EDTSNYSanofi unit announces Aubagio gains FDA approval due to study data
Genzyme, a Sanofi company, announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the inclusion of efficacy and safety data from the TOWER and TOPIC studies of once-daily, oral Aubagio in the productís U.S. label. In the TOWER study, patients with relapsing MS receiving Aubagio 14 mg had a statistically significant reduction in annualized relapse rate and relative risk of sustained disability progression compared to placebo. In addition, a significant reduction in annualized relapse rate was observed in patients treated with Aubagio 7 mg compared to placebo. The TOPIC study was designed to assess whether initiation of Aubagio in patients who experienced their first neurological symptoms suggestive of MS could prevent or delay a second clinical attack. In this study, the proportion of patients free of relapse was statistically significantly greater for Aubagio 14 mg and 7 mg, compared to placebo. Results of the TOPIC study were published in The Lancet Neurology in September.
08:06 EDTMRK, SNYMerck, Sanofi unit announce pediatric hexavalent vaccine BLA
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07:34 EDTMRKAdvaxis names Mauro Chief Medical Officer
Advaxis (ADXS) announced that it has appointed David Mauro, as executive vice president, Chief Medical Officer Mauro most recently served as executive director, section head oncology clinical development at Merck (MRK). In connection with his appointment, Mauro received a one-time inducement award of 165K restricted shares, of which 55K are fully vested and as of the grant date. The remaining shares vest annually over a two-year period.
07:26 EDTNVSFDA Dermatologic & Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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07:19 EDTSNY, MRKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTMRK, BAYRYAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
07:10 EDTSNYAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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07:02 EDTSNYRegeneron Sanofi begins dosing in Phase 3 study of dupilumab
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the first patients have been dosed in a Phase 3 clinical study of dupilumab, an investigational therapy that blocks IL-4 and IL-13 signaling, in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, or AD, that is not adequately controlled with topical AD medications. LIBERTY AD CHRONOS, the first trial in the Phase 3 clinical program for dupilumab, is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-national study with the primary objective of demonstrating the efficacy of dupilumab in adults with moderate to severe AD when administered concomitantly with topical corticosteroids through 16 weeks.
October 17, 2014
14:50 EDTNVSBARDA asks labs to ramp up Zmapp production, Reuters says
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09:06 EDTSNYAmgen files patent infringement lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron
Amgen (AMGN) announced that it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Delaware against Sanofi (SNY), Aventisub, formerly doing business as Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Numbers 8,563,698, 8,829,165, and 8,859,741. These patents, which are owned by Amgen, describe and claim monoclonal antibodies to proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, or PCSK9. By its complaint, Amgen seeks an injunction to prevent the infringing manufacture, use and sale of Sanofi and Regeneron's alirocumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. Sanofi and Regeneron recently announced that they have completed Phase 3 clinical trials on alirocumab and intend to pursue regulatory approval to market alirocumab in the U.S. Amgen previously announced submission of a Biologics License Application to the FDA for evolocumab, its own investigational human monoclonal antibody to PCSK9, for the treatment of high cholesterol, on Aug. 28.
07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
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