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July 31, 2014
09:54 EDTPFE, MRKSunTrust recommends swapping into Merck and out of Pfizer
SunTrust recommends swapping into Merck (MRK) and out of Pfizer (PFE). The firm sees more upside to Merck's numbers and notes Pfize has lost a considerable amount of exclusivity and pipeline contribution will not be enough to make up the difference.
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January 21, 2015
12:30 EDTPFEGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:16 EDTMRKLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
08:02 EDTMRKMerck completes tender offer to acquire Cubist
Merck (MRK) announced the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) at a purchase price of $102.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration yesterday, 58,039,667 shares of common stock of Cubist were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.7% of the outstanding common stock of Cubist on a fully diluted basis. All of such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for all such shares. Following consummation of the tender offer, Merck expects to complete the acquisition of Cubist later today through a merger of Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary with and into Cubist without stockholder approval. Upon completion of the merger, all outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist, other than shares held by Cubist in treasury or shares held by Cubist’s stockholders who are entitled to and properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be canceled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $102.00 offer price per share without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes. In addition, upon completion of the merger, Cubist will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and the common stock of Cubist will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
January 20, 2015
17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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January 15, 2015
11:20 EDTMRK, PFEGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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07:59 EDTMRK, PFEAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology to hold a symposium
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January 14, 2015
08:34 EDTMRKMerck and Practice Fusion's health vaccine initiative shows positive results
Merck and Practice Fusion announced the results of a recent collaboration designed to improve public health outcomes through a Population Health Management program for adult vaccines. Launched in April, the program contributed to a statistically significant relative increase in recorded vaccinations among eligible patients on Practice Fusion's EHR platform. During the four-month test period, Practice Fusion observed a 73% relative increase in recorded vaccinations in test versus control patients.
January 13, 2015
09:44 EDTMRKMerck makes $50M equity investment in Moderna under collaboration
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08:08 EDTMRKEli Lilly, Merck enter collaborationa greement to evaluate Keytruda, compounds
Merck (MRK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced an oncology clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of KEYTRUDA, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in combination with Lilly compounds in multiple clinical trials: Merck will conduct a Phase 2 study examining the combination of pembrolizumab with pemetrexed in first-line non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer. This study is currently enrolling. Lilly will conduct a multiple-arm Phase 1/2 study examining the combination of ramucirumab with pembrolizumab in multiple tumors. This study is anticipated to begin in 2015. Lilly will conduct a Phase 1/2 study examining the combination of necitumumab with pembrolizumab in NSCLC. This study is anticipated to begin in 2015. The agreement is between Lilly and Merck, through a subsidiary. Additional details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
January 12, 2015
12:45 EDTPFEActavis CEO says 'can't speculate on what Pfizer is going to do'
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09:22 EDTPFE23andMe announces collaboration with Pfizer
Google (GOOG)-backed 23andMe announced an agreement with Pfizer (PFE) that will provide Pfizer with access to 23andMe’s research platform, including services and Research Portal analysis of 23andMe’s genotyped population of over 800,000 individuals, of which more than 80 percent have consented to participate in research. 23andMe’s Research Portal enables qualified and approved scientists outside of 23andMe the opportunity to leverage the company’s unique research model while still protecting the privacy and security of 23andMe’s customers. As a part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate on certain genome-wide association studies, surveys, and clinical trial recruitment. One of these collaborations will be a longitudinal study to better understand the genetics of lupus. This study will entail enrollment and genotyping of 5,000 people into a new lupus research community, and include the integration of medical records, targeted bio-sampling along with genetic information for all participants. This announcement follows a collaboration between 23andMe and Pfizer to enroll 10,000 people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a research initiative designed to explore the genetic factors associated with the onset, progression, severity and response to treatments for IBD. Nearly 4,000 patients have been enrolled in the community since August 2014.
08:37 EDTPFE, MRKShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. 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).
07:21 EDTMRKEBD Group to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTMRKMerck sees NDA submission for Hepatitis C combination regimen in 1H15
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07:05 EDTMRKMerck says targeted cost savings on track to be realized by end 2015
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck sees NDA submission for Hepatitis C combination regimen in 1H15
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07:03 EDTMRKMerck says targeted cost savings on track to be realized by end 2015
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06:53 EDTMRKMerck to speed up plans for drug submission, WSJ says
Merck is speeding up its plans to submit new drugs for lung cancer and hepatitis C for regulatory approval, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company will file an application with the FDA around the mid-2015 to expand the use of Keytruda, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:22 EDTMRKWHO approves 2 ebola vaccines to enter West Africa trials, Financial Times says
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