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February 11, 2014
06:39 EDTMRKProtesters accidentally take on wrong Merck company, Bloomberg says
Demonstrators who were protesting against Merck's involvement in a campaign to postpone South Africa's proposal to grant inexpensive copies of patented drugs were actually protesting in front of the wrong Merck, reported Bloomberg. Instead, the activist group, STOPAIDS was at the offices of Merck KGaA, a Darmstadt, Germany-based company that makes pharmaceuticals, chemicals and laboratory equipment. Reference Link
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October 1, 2014
11:34 EDTMRKMerck completes sale of Consumer Care business to Bayer $14.2B
Merck (MRK) said it has completed the previously announced sale of the Merck Consumer Care business to Bayer (BAYRY). Bayer will acquire Merck’s existing over-the-counter business, including the global trademark and prescription rights for CLARITINTM and AFRINTM, for $14.2B or approximately $9B in after-tax proceeds, less customary closing adjustments as well as certain contingent amounts held back that will be payable upon the manufacturing site transfer in Canada and regulatory approvals in Mexico and Korea. In conjunction with this transaction, Merck has also entered into the previously announced worldwide collaboration between the companies to develop and commercialize soluble guanylate cyclase modulators. This collaboration includes Bayer’s ADEMPASTM. The collaboration also includes opt-in rights for other early-stage sGC compounds in development by both companies. Merck will be making an upfront payment of $1B in connection with the sGC collaboration.
September 30, 2014
16:39 EDTMRKCMS discloses drug makers' payments to doctors, WSJ says
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08:16 EDTMRKTetraphase price target raised to $32 from $20 at JMP Securities
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September 29, 2014
07:26 EDTMRKInforma Business Information to hold a conference
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05:44 EDTMRKMerck announces early data from investigational use of KEYTRUDA
Merck announced the first presentation of data on the investigational use of KEYTRUDA, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in PD-L1 positive, advanced urothelial cancer. The early findings presented showed a confirmed overall response rate of 24% with KEYTRUDA as monotherapy, as measured by RECIST v1.1, central review including a complete response rate of 10%. At the time of analysis, response durations ranged from 16+ to 40+ weeks with six of the seven responders continuing on therapy. In the ongoing study, 64% of patients screened had tumors that were determined to be positive for PD-L1 expression.
September 28, 2014
12:53 EDTMRKMerck announces first presentation of data on investigational use of KEYTRUDA
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September 26, 2014
08:31 EDTMRKLigand, Merck receive approval for NOXAFIL
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September 23, 2014
07:33 EDTMRKOphthotech names Michael Atieh as EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer
Ophthotech Corporation (OPHT) announced that Michael G. Atieh has been named EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer effective September 30. Atieh replaces Bruce A. Peacock, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer, who has notified the company of his intention to retire effective September 30. Atieh spent the majority of his career in the pharmaceutical industry with Merck and Co (MRK), where he held various senior level positions over a 20 year period including Senior Vice President-Merck Medco Managed Care, Vice President-U.S. Human Health, Vice President-Public Affairs, Vice President-Government Relations, and Treasurer.
September 22, 2014
06:51 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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September 18, 2014
08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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September 17, 2014
09:33 EDTMRKMerck announced positive results from Phase 3 data for omarigliptin
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck, Sun Pharma enter into licensing agreement for Tildrakizumab
Merck and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, through their respective subsidiaries,announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for Merck’s investigational therapeutic antibody candidate, tildrakizumab, which is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 registration trials for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis, a skin ailment. Under terms of the agreement, Sun Pharma will acquire worldwide rights to tildrakizumab for use in all human indications from Merck in exchange for an upfront payment of $80M. Merck will continue all clinical development and regulatory activities, which will be funded by Sun Pharma. Upon product approval, Sun Pharma will be responsible for regulatory activities, including subsequent submissions, pharmacovigilance, post approval studies, manufacturing and commercialization of the approved product. Merck is eligible to receive undisclosed payments associated with regulatory and sales milestones, as well as tiered royalties ranging from mid-single digit through teen percentage rates on sales. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the requirements under the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

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