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July 24, 2014
08:39 EDTJNJOrganovo enters 3D bio-printed tissue agreement with J&J unit
Organovo (ONVO) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Janssen Research and Development, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), to evaluate the use of 3D bio-printed tissue in a drug discovery setting, outside of the company’s work in 3D liver tissue for toxicity testing. Terms were not disclosed.
08:32 EDTMRKMerck initiates Phase 3 study of Letermovir
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08:28 EDTBMYBristol-Myers management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:19 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:45 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 VIDAZA sales decreased 28%
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07:43 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 ABRAXANE sales increased 39%
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07:42 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 REVLIMID sales increased 15%
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07:34 EDTCELGCelgene raises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.60-$3.65 from $3.50-$3.60
Consensus is $3.67. Raises FY14 revenue view to $7.6B from $7.5B, consensus $7.54B. Sees Revlimid net product sales $4.95B from preview $4.9B-$5B range. Sees Abraxane net product sales $850M-$900M.
07:32 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 89c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.87B, consensus $1.85B.
07:32 EDTBMYBristol-Myers reaffirms 2014 EPS outlook $1.70-$1.80, consensus $1.77
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07:31 EDTBMYBristol-Myers reports Q2 EPS 48c, consensus 44c
Reports Q2 revenue $ $3.89B, consensus $3.85B.
06:13 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline's malaria vaccine candidate accepted for EU regulatory review
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05:41 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA acceptance of Sandoz application for filgrastim
Sandoz, a Novartis Group company, announced that the FDA has accepted its Biologics License Application for filgrastim, which was filed under the new biosimilar pathway created in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.
05:26 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Ono Pharmaceutical announces strategic collaboration in Japan
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to jointly develop and commercialize multiple immunotherapies as single agents and combination regimens to help address the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. As part of the agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono will jointly develop and commercialize Opdivo and Yervoy across a broad range of tumor types. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono will jointly pursue development of monotherapy and combination regimens, with Opdivo as the foundational therapy in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and leverage global clinical trials by including patients from the three countries.
July 23, 2014
15:30 EDTCELG, BMYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Ford (F), consensus 36c; General Motors (GM), consensus 58c; Potash (POT), consensus 46c; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.91; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.43; Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), consensus 44c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 65c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 89c; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.35; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.59; Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 79c; Hershey (HSY), consensus 76c; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 61c; Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 19c; JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 19c.
15:10 EDTBMYBristol-Myers technical comments before earnings
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10:27 EDTABTHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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09:33 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports record Promacta/Revolade Q2 revenue of $92M
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09:17 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:28 EDTSHPGShire enters licensing and collaboration agreement with ArmaGen
Shire and ArmaGen, a US privately held biotechnology company, announced a worldwide licensing and collaboration agreement for AGT-182, an investigational enzyme replacement therapy for the potential treatment of both the central nervous system and somatic manifestations in patients with Hunter syndrome. Shire will obtain worldwide commercialization rights for AGT-182 in exchange for payments of approximately $225M to ArmaGen, including an initial upfront payment of $15M in cash and equity, an additional equity investment, R&D funding, development milestones and sales milestones, in addition to royalty payments. ArmaGen will be responsible for conducting and completing the Phase I/II study which it expects to initiate before the end of 2014, after which point Shire will be responsible for further clinical development, including Phase III trials, and commercialization.
07:19 EDTGSKGenmab reports Q2 Arzerra net sales GBP 12.8M
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07:12 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline lowers 2014 core EPS outlook to 'similar' to 2013
GSK now expects 2014 core EPS to be "broadly similar" to 2013 versus previous expectations of 4%-8% growth. It added, "Given impact of recent sustained strength of Sterling on free cash flow, share repurchases over balance of 2014 likely to be immaterial."
07:09 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports Q2 core EPS down 12% to 19.1p
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07:09 EDTGSKMylan wins restraining order against Apotex for generic version of GSK's Paxil
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06:45 EDTABTLawmakers divided on inversion deals, NY Times says
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06:41 EDTNVSArray BioPharma shares attractive at current levels, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says shares of Array BioPharma are attractive at current levels ahead of Phase III data readouts for binimetinib in melanoma, selumetinib in Kras-mutant lung, thyroid and uveal melanoma, and filanesib in multiple myeloma. Piper sees the biggest overhang on Array shares as being the financing requirement and it notes that binimetinib could be returned to the company from current partner Novartis (NVS). Nonetheless, it feels investors should take a "serious look" at Array and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $9 price target.
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July 22, 2014
16:18 EDTPFEPuma Biotech now responsible for R&D expenses associated with legacy trials
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09:55 EDTGSKLupin, private equity funds weigh bids for GSK's older drugs, Reuters reports
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07:12 EDTCELGCelgene has upper hand in Revlimid case, says Bernstein
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July 21, 2014
18:40 EDTJNJOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up marginally after reporting Q2 results... Sanmina (SANM), up 13.2% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates... Chipotle (CMG), up 10.1%... Helix (HLX), up 5.2%... Canadian National (CNI), up 1.13%... CYS Investments (CYS), up 1.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Apache (APA), up 5% after Bloomberg says JANA discloses $1B position... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% after announcing a $5B share repurchase program... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 4.3% after reporting second quarter results and preliminary clinical results from TG-1101 Phase I study... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Rambus (RMBS), down 3.6% after reporting second quarter results... Ultra Clean (UCTT), down 4% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Tallgrass Energy (TEP), down 5% after filing to sell 7M common units representing limited partners.
17:03 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson announces $5B share repurchase program
Johnson & Johnson announced that its board has approved the repurchase of up to $5B of the company's common stock. The company had approximately 2.82B shares of common stock outstanding as of June 29.
17:01 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson announces $5B share repurchase program
10:27 EDTSHPGUBS pharma and federal affairs analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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10:02 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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08:01 EDTSHPGAbbVie acquisition positive, says Argus
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07:59 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
Leerink downgraded Shire (SHPG) on Friday to Market Perform citing the takeover by AbbVie (ABBV) as it does not expect competitive bids to emerge.
07:38 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles/Pasadena on July 24 and in San Francisco on July 25 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:21 EDTMRKGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
07:11 EDTSNY, NVS, GSKInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTNVSAnacor, Sandoz enter into agreement for commercialization of Kerydin in the U.S.
Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC) announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, pursuant to which Sandoz will distribute and commercialize Anacor’s drug KERYDIN topical solution, 5% in the United States. PharmaDerm, the branded dermatology business of Sandoz, will be responsible for the sales and marketing of KERYDIN. On July 8, Anacor announced that the U.S. FDA approved the New Drug Application for KERYDIN, the first oxaborole antifungal approved for the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails, a fungal infection of the nail and nail bed that affects approximately 35 million people in the United States, according to Podiatry Today. The agreement with Sandoz entitles Anacor to upfront payments totaling $40M and an additional milestone payment of $25M expected to be paid in January 2015. Under the agreement, Sandoz and Anacor will share equally, under a long-term profit-sharing arrangement, the gross profits accrued by Sandoz on sales of KERYDIN, except that in 2015 Anacor will start receiving profit-sharing payments after the first $50M of gross profits have been accrued by Sandoz. The long-term profit-sharing arrangement includes cumulative minimum profit-sharing payments to Anacor in 2016 totaling $45M. Anacor will also have the option to repurchase all rights in KERYDIN from Sandoz on the later of three years from launch or December 31, 2017, at a price to be determined pursuant to the agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Anacor will supply product to Sandoz at cost through Anacor’s contract manufacturers, and Sandoz will be responsible for all of its selling, marketing, distribution, general and administrative costs related to the commercialization of KERYDIN. Anacor will hold the NDA and will be responsible for any further development of KERYDIN.
06:43 EDTBMY, MRKGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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July 18, 2014
18:04 EDTSHPGAbbVie purchase of Shire worth the premium, Barron's reports
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16:47 EDTABT, SHPGMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:51 EDTABTKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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10:38 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
Shire (SHPG) is being acquired by AbbVie (ABBV).
10:34 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Shire (SHPG) is being acquired by AbbVie (ABBV).
10:30 EDTSHPGAbbVie says can't back out of Shire deal based on tax law change, Bloomberg says
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09:29 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire says merger should help in enhanced buyback and dividend programs
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06:23 EDTSHPGShire raises FY14 EPS to low-to-mid 30% growth from mid-to-high teens
Raises FY14 product sales guidance to growth in high teens from mid-to-high teens. Shire continues to expect royalties and other revenues to be 10%-15% lower than 2013.
06:19 EDTSHPGShire reports Q2 EPS $2.67, consensus $2.45
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05:17 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire agree on merger worth GBP32B pounds
The boards of AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended combination of Shire with AbbVie. Under the terms of the Merger, Shire shareholders will be entitled to receive per share GBP 24.44 in cash and 0.8960 new AbbVie shares. Immediately following the transaction, Shire shareholders are expected to hold new AbbVie Shares representing approximately 25% of the issued share capital of new AbbVie. AbbVie expects the transaction to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share in the first year following completion, growing to above $1.00 per share by 2020, with "material ongoing financial and operating benefits." The AbbVie board also expects the transaction to reduce New AbbVie's effective tax rate to approximately 13% by 2016. The Shire board said it "considers the terms of the Transaction to be fair and reasonable." In order to undertake the transaction, AbbVie has formed a new company, New AbbVie, which is incorporated in Jersey, Shire's current place of incorporation. Following completion of the Transaction, New AbbVie will become the holding company of the Shire Group and the AbbVie Group. It is intended that the New AbbVie Shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
05:12 EDTSHPGAbbVie to acquire Shire for 52.48 pounds per share in cash, stock
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July 17, 2014
14:54 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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13:34 EDTSHPGShire reports results from Vyvanse vs. Concerta studies in adolescents with ADHD
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12:56 EDTSHPGAbbVie set to announce GBP 31B deal to buy Shire, FT says
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12:54 EDTSHPGAbbVie set to announce GBP 31B deal to buy Shire, FT says
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10:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports 18% passive stake in Minerva
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08:34 EDTNVSVanda requests award of $539M in proceedings with Novartis
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08:08 EDTBMY, PFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce enrollment in Phase IV EMANATE trial for Eliquis
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07:18 EDTGSKMylan wins motion to enjoin GlaxoSmithKline from production of generic product
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07:06 EDTABTAbbott price target raised to $47 from $42 at Stifel
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06:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline admits to bribing Chinese officials in 2001, FT reports
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05:32 EDTNVSNovartis reconfirms FY14 revenue guidance up at low to mid single digit rate
The company stated, "We are reconfirming our outlook for FY14. Group net sales in 2014 are expected to grow at a low to mid-single digit rate. Group core operating income is expected to grow ahead of sales in 2014, and now refined to mid to high-single digit. This outlook recognizes the entry of generic competition for Diovan monotherapy in the U.S. on July 7, including an authorized generic from Sandoz on the same date. If June average exchange rates prevail for the remainder of the year, the currency impact for the year would be -1% on sales and -3% to -4% on core operating income."
05:29 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 Core EPS $1.34, consensus $1.42
Reports Q2 revenue $14.6B, consensus $14.81B. Reports continued pipeline progress with positive regulatory decisions and significant clinical trial data released in Q2.
July 16, 2014
10:36 EDTPFE, ABTTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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09:27 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire InnoPharma for upfront cash payment of $225M
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09:25 EDTABTAbbott expects Global Nutrition sales to return to double digit growth in 2H14
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09:23 EDTABTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
09:17 EDTABTAbbott sees Q3 ongoing EPS 59c-61c, consensus 60c
Sees Q3 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $5.63B. Expects neutral impact from foreign exchange.
09:16 EDTABTAbbott sees FY14 revenue growth in mid single digits, consensus $22.42B
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09:03 EDTSNY, ABTSanofi held talks on mature drugs with Abbott, Mylan, PE firms, Reuters says
Sanofi (SNY) has shopped an $8.5B portfolio of mature drugs to Abbott (ABT), Mylan (MYL) and private equity firms, according to Reuters, citing an internal company document circulated by the CGT union. Sanofi is considering whether to sell, carve out or create a joint venture for the portfolio of about 200 drugs, but a Sanofi spokesman said no decision has yet been made, the report noted. Reference Link
08:55 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
Leerink views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Johnson & Johnson as a buying opportunity. The firm expects "several" more quarters of outperformance and raised its price target for the stock to $115 from $110. It keeps an Outperform rating on J&J.
08:16 EDTABTLew's letter could bring 'chilly' tax inversion environment, says BMO Capital
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07:59 EDTPFE, SHPG, ABTTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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07:49 EDTABTAbbott reports Q2 Nutrition sales $1.73B; Reports Q2 Diagnostics sales $1.19B
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07:47 EDTABTAbbott says it's on track for sales growth acceleration in 2H14
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07:46 EDTABTAbbott raises FY14 ongoing EPS to $2.19-$2.29 from $2.16-$2.26, consensus $2.19
07:46 EDTABTAbbott reports Q2 ongoing EPS 54c, consenus 51c
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07:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Johnson & Johnson reported strong Q2 results, and the company raised its estimates for the company. The firm continues to recommend buying the stock on pullbacks.
07:14 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) has earned a $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) related to the advancement of the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy. ISIS-TTRRx is an antisense drug in development with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues. Including this milestone payment, Isis has generated $27M in upfront and milestone payments for advancing ISIS-TTRRx. If GSK elects to exercise its option to exclusively license the ISIS-TTRRx program, Isis is eligible to receive a license fee, regulatory and sales milestone payments and double-digit royalties on sales of ISIS-TTRRx.
07:04 EDTPFEPfizer says primary endpoint met in Phase 3 study of BeneFIX
Pfizer announced the positive results of a Phase 3 study comparing a prophylaxis regimen of BeneFIX Coagulation Factor IX 100 IU/kg once-weekly to on-demand treatment in people with moderately severe to severe hemophilia B. The top-line results of the study showed that the primary study endpoint was met and hemophilia B patients taking once-weekly BeneFIX showed a statistically significant reduction in the annualized bleeding rate relative to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In the study, the median ABR value, a commonly used measure of efficacy for prophylaxis regimens in hemophilia, was 2.0 for the prophylaxis regimen, compared to 33.6 for the on-demand regimen, representing a 94% decrease in bleeding rates. The mean ABR value was 3.6 for the prophylaxis period, compared to 32.9 for the on-demand treatment, which represents a reduction of 89%. Study results also showed that prophylaxis treatment significantly reduced both spontaneous and traumatic ABR compared to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In addition to meeting the primary endpoint, the secondary study endpoints showed that none of the 1,254 prophylaxis infusions administered during the study were associated with a less than expected therapeutic effect occurrence, which was defined as a spontaneous bleed occurring within 48 hours of a prophylaxis infusion. These results are preliminary, top-line data and are subject to additional analyses. Complete results from this study will be submitted for presentation at upcoming medical congresses and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
06:26 EDTBMY, MRKBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
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05:38 EDTGSKGSK, Theravance initiate Phase III IMPACT study
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the start of a global phase III study, known as IMPACT, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 'closed' triple combination of FF/UMEC/VI in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. IMPACT is the first pivotal phase III study in a programme to evaluate a once-daily closed triple combination treatment of an inhaled corticosteroid, or ICS; a long-acting muscarinic antagonist, or LAMA; and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist, or LABA, in patients with COPD. The IMPACT study will enrol approximately 10,000 patients and assess whether the combination of FF, or fluticasone furoate, an ICS, UMEC, or umeclidinium, a LAMA, and VI, or vilanterol, a LABA, all delivered in GSK's Ellipta inhaler, can reduce the annual rate of moderate and severe exacerbations compared with two approved once daily COPD treatments, Relvar/Breo Ellipta, FF/VI, which is an ICS/LABA combination, and Anoro Ellipta, UMEC/VI, which is a LAMA/LABA combination.
July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:19 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:40 EDTABTEarnings Preview: Abbott targets continued gains in emerging markets
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12:21 EDTJNJ, GSKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:13 EDTABT, BMY, MRKPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:56 EDTCELGFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
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10:33 EDTCELGFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:05 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says committed to diabetes space
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09:50 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees competition in Hepatitis products a headwind in 2015
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09:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY14 pre-tax op. margin improving over FY13
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09:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says will buy back shares with net gain from OCD divestiture
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09:28 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees 2014 sales $74.5B-$75.3B, consensus $74.91B
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09:21 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:54 EDTJNJJ&J CEO says confident about long term growth prospects of healthcare market
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08:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says innovation sustaining long-term growth
Says MD&D progressing well towards 30 major filings by 2017. In Pharmaceuticals, sees 10 new products and 25 significant line extensions planned by 2017. Sees ~4.5% CAGR expected for WW prescription drug sales through 2017, despite potential headwinds. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:11 EDTMRKMerck looks to revive livestock drug Zilmax, WSJ says
Merck has been preparing to conduct a large-scale study this summer to evaluate the safety of its Zilmax feed additive, which the company pulled from the U.S. market last year over concerns in the beef industry that the drug made it difficult for some animals to walk, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $8.5B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Domestic sales up 14.9% to $9.13B
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 EPS excluding items $1.66, consensus $1.55
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07:35 EDTBMY, MRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
06:15 EDTABTAbbott unit sale to Mylan 'a wash,' says Citigroup
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06:04 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBBY SHPG
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05:44 EDTNVSNovartis to license Google 'smart lens' technology
Novartis (NVS) announced that its eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google (GOOG) to in-license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses. The agreement with Google[x], a team within Google that is devoted to finding new solutions to big global problems, provides Alcon with the opportunity to develop and commercialize Google's "smart lens" technology with the potential to transform eye care and further enhance Alcon's pipeline and global leadership in contact lenses and intraocular lenses. The transaction remains subject to anti-trust approvals. The agreement between Google and Alcon represents an important step for Novartis, across all of its divisions, to leverage technology to manage human diseases and conditions. Google's key advances in the miniaturization of electronics complement Novartis's deep pharmaceuticals and medical device expertise. Novartis aims to enhance the ways in which diseases are mapped within the body and ultimately prevented.
05:35 EDTNVSNovartis collaborates with Banner Alzheimer's Institute on study
Novartis announced a collaboration with Banner Alzheimer's Institute, or BAI, on a pioneering clinical study in Alzheimer's disease, or AD, prevention. The study will determine whether two Novartis investigational anti-amyloid treatments can prevent or delay the emergence of symptoms of AD in people identified as being at genetic risk for developing the late-onset form of the disease. Using an innovative trial design, the two treatments will be given in cognitively healthy people at genetic risk of developing the build-up of amyloid protein in the brain that may eventually lead to AD. One treatment is an active immunotherapy, a treatment that stimulates an immune response, and triggers the production of natural antibodies against amyloid. This investigational treatment, given via an injection, is in phase II clinical development. The second treatment, a BACE inhibitor, is an oral medication about to enter phase I trials and is designed to prevent the production of different forms of amyloid.
July 14, 2014
21:08 EDTGSKCodexis to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the strategic collaboration and license agreement with GSK will be held on July 15 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
16:30 EDTABT, SHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:18 EDTSHPGShire shareholders should support latest AbbVie offer, Telegraph says
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16:06 EDTGSKCodexis announces $25M collaboration, license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline
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15:24 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:19 EDTJNJ Johnson & Johnson July 105 straddle priced for 1.6% move into Q2
14:27 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J pharmaceutical sales expected to drive Q2
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.55 on revenue of $18.94B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.45-$1.61 on revenue of $18.55B-$19.30B. LAST QUARTER: Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter EPS of $1.54 against estimates of $1.48 on revenue of $18.1B against estimates of $18B. The drug maker raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.80-$5.90 against a consensus estimate of $5.83. J&J noted a 3.2% decrease in worldwide consumer sales in Q1 but saw a 10.8% increase in worldwide pharmaceutical sales. Primary contributors to operational sales growth in Q1 pharmaceutical sales were Stelara, Invega, Sustenna/Xeplion, Prezista, Velcade and sales of new products. Pharmaceutical sales results were negatively impacted by loss of exclusivity for Aciphex, a proton pump inhibitor for gastrointestinal disorders and Concerta for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. STREET RESEARCH: On July 14, RBC Capital raised its Q2 estimates for Johnson & Johnson to reflect the firm's outlook for higher pharmaceutical sales by the company. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $110 from $106 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Johnson & Johnson are up approximately 8.5% since its last earnings report, and are trading near flat in afternoon trading.
12:24 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The company is scheduled to report before market open on July 15th. The shares in the prior three months have risen by more than 8%, anticipating positive news for the current and forthcoming quarters. At the current price of $105.39, the only remaining established resistance on the daily chart is at the life high of $106.74. If the news and guidance is better than expected, a run to $110, or $115 at an extreme, would be possible. If the news fails to meet expectations or guidance is weak, support would be at $102.70, the 50-day moving average. A break below this uptrend support proxy would be a sell signal in many technical trading systems and would break an uptrend in place since early March of this year. On a sliding scale of increasingly weaker news, supports would next be at $99.96, and then at $96.87.
12:21 EDTABTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:13 EDTABTAbbott CEO aims to boost medical device line, Reuters says
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09:55 EDTSHPGHigh option volume stocks: PTEN MFRM GTIV SHPG IMMR
09:16 EDTSHPG, ABTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:55 EDTABTMylan says does not anticipate regulatory hurdles prohibiting close of deal
08:49 EDTABTMylan says Abbott assets unlike other mature generic drug portfolios
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08:36 EDTABTMylan accretive tax inversion deal makes sense, says UBS
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08:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on any weakness, says RBC Capital
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08:27 EDTABTMylan sees Abbott transaction to be 'immediately and significantly accretive'
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08:26 EDTABTMylan sees $10B in pro forma 2014 sales after closing Abbott deal
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08:12 EDTABTMylan says Abbott deal 'first in series' of planned transactions
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07:28 EDTABTMylan to host conference call
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07:23 EDTNVSAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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07:20 EDTABTAbbott to host conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement to sell developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business to Mylan will be held on July 14 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
06:33 EDTABTAbbott to sell developed markets generics pharmaceuticals business to Mylan
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06:33 EDTABTMylan to acquire Abbott assets in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B
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06:31 EDTABTAbbott to sell developed markets generics pharmaceuticals business to Mylan
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06:17 EDTGSKXinhua: China indicts two GSK foreign investigators, The Guardian reports
Prosecutors in China have indicted two foreign investigators, British national Peter Humphrey and his wife, Yu Yingzeng, linked to GlaxoSmithKline, for illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens, reports The Guardian. Citing state media news agency Xinhua, the case is the first indictment by Chinese prosecutors against foreigners for illegal investigation. Reference Link
06:03 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBBY SHPG
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05:27 EDTSHPGShire receives revised proposal from AbbVie of GPB 53.20 per share
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July 13, 2014
20:22 EDTABTMylan near buying Europe-based drug portfolio from Abbott, Reuters says
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17:10 EDTSHPGShire said to seek bid of near 53 pounds per share from AbbVie, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTSHPGStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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14:13 EDTSHPGShire, AbbVie didn't commit to further talks, Dow reports
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13:58 EDTSHPGShire confirms meeting with AbbVie representatives
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11:54 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire in active takeover talks, Bloomberg reports
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are in active talks about a potential merger after AbbVie raised its takeover offer for a fourth time, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The talks are in the early stage and may not lead to an agreement, sources told Bloomberg. Shares of Shire are up 5%, or $12.04, to $250.65 following the report.
11:34 EDTSHPGShire jumps 5% after Bloomberg report on talks with AbbVie
11:33 EDTSHPGShire, AbbVie held talks after latest raised takeover offer, Bloomberg says
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07:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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July 10, 2014
16:12 EDTMRKMedivation names Dawn Svoronos as Chief Commercial Officer
Medivation (MDVN) announced Dawn Svoronos has been appointed as its chief commercial officer, reporting to David Hung, M.D., founder, CEO and president of Medivation. Svoronos currently is a member of Medivation's Board of Directors and is a former president of Europe and Canada for Merck & Co. (MRK), where she oversaw commercial operations in approximately 30 EU and EU accession countries. Svoronos will lead Medivation's commercial organization on an interim basis and will participate in the company's search for a permanent chief commercial officer. Cheryl Cohen, Medivation's former chief commercial officer, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.
15:55 EDTABTJoint venture with Fonterra a 'smart move' for Abbott, says Wells Fargo
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15:43 EDTNVSNovartis siponimod designated as orphan treatment of dermatomyositis
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14:01 EDTABTAbbott and Fonterra to form strategic alliance for dairy farming in China
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12:43 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces plans for Q3 submission of Opdivo BLA
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced earlier that, following discussions with the FDA, the company is planning a Q3 submission of a Biologics Licensing Application for Opdivo for previously treated advanced melanoma. This will mark the second tumor type for which Bristol-Myers Squibb has a regulatory submission underway for Opdivo in the U.S. “We continue to collaborate closely with the FDA on Opdivo and the planned submission in advanced melanoma represents an important step forward in our company’s commitment to deliver innovative treatment options for patients with cancer,” said Michael Giordano, MD, Head of Oncology Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. The advanced melanoma BLA is based on data from Checkmate -037, a multinational, multicenter, randomized open-label Phase 3 trial evaluating Opdivo compared to dacarbazine or carboplatin/paclitaxel in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma who have been previously treated with Yervoy and, if BRAF-mutation positive, a BRAF inhibitor regimen. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name Opdivo, which, if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trade name for nivolumab.
09:40 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire not holding talks at this point as deadline approaches, CNBC says
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are not holding talks at this point, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Shire confirmed two days ago that it has received AbbVie's latest, raised takeover offer and that its board will meet to consider the proposal.
08:10 EDTABTMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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