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March 5, 2014
12:16 EDTMRKMerck plans to initiate Phase 3 clinical development program in 2H14
Merck presented data from the dose-ranging portion of an ongoing Phase 2B clinical trial of doravirine, the company’s investigational next-generation, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. Interim data demonstrating potent antiretroviral activity for four doses of once-daily, oral doravirine in combination with tenofovir/emtricitabine in treatment-naïve, HIV-1 infected adults after 24 weeks of treatment were presented during a late-breaker oral session. Based on these findings, Merck plans to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial program for doravirine in combination with ARV therapy in the second half of 2014.
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July 31, 2015
16:22 EDTMRKStocks end week higher in U.S. despite selloff in China
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13:19 EDTMRKNewLink Ebola results promising, says Mizuho
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08:24 EDTMRKNewLink Genetics announces data suggesting efficacy of Ebola vaccine
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that the international partnership studying the VSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine candidate in Guinea has released interim data suggesting that it is effective against Ebola in a large clinical trial. Interim results suggest that the vaccine candidate demonstrates efficacy within about 10 days of administration to a person without the infection. The VSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine candidate was originally developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and was subsequently licensed to a subsidiary of NewLink Genetics. In late 2014, Merck (MRK) licensed the vaccine from NewLink Genetics to apply Merck’s vaccine expertise to help accelerate the development of this promising candidate. Merck is now responsible for research, development and manufacturing of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine.
08:13 EDTMRKMerck: Investigational ebola vaccine had 100% efficacy in study analysis
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July 29, 2015
09:20 EDTMRKMerck recent weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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July 28, 2015
16:53 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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12:31 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
07:20 EDTMRKBrookings Institute to hold a public meeting
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07:11 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 Pharmaceutical sales $8.56B
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck narrows FY15 EPS view to $3.45-$3.55, consensus $3.45
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07:03 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 EPS 86c, consensus 81c
Reports Q2 revenue $9.8B, consensus $9.8B.
06:49 EDTMRKMerck to acquire cCam Biotherapeutics for $95M
Merck and cCAM Biotherapeutics announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire cCAM Biotherapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel cancer immunotherapies. Under terms of the agreement, Merck, through a subsidiary, will acquire all outstanding stock of cCAM in exchange for an upfront payment of $95M in cash. In addition, cCAM shareholders of record are eligible to receive a total of up to $510M associated with the attainment of certain clinical development, regulatory and commercial milestones. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions.
06:32 EDTMRKMerck's grazoprevir/elbasvir application accepted by FDA
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July 27, 2015
15:03 EDTMRKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:43 EDTMRKEarnings Watch: Merck's Keytruda sales will be focus in Q2 results
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08:32 EDTMRKMerck receives 'positive' CHMP opinion for Zerbaxa
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07:37 EDTMRKAeterna Zentaris starts promoting Saizen for injection in 25 U.S. territories
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July 23, 2015
11:04 EDTMRKMerck announces EMA acceptance of MAA for grazoprevir/elbasvir
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July 22, 2015
07:04 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda approved by EU for treatment of advanced melanoma in adults
Merck announced that the European Commission has approved KEYTRUDA, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of advanced melanoma in adults. The European Commission approval of pembrolizumab is based on data from three clinical studies conducted in more than 1,500 first-line and previously-treated patients with advanced melanoma. Pembrolizumab received European Commission regulatory approval based on Phase 3 data which showed it is the first and only anti-PD-1 therapy to provide a statistically superior survival benefit as a monotherapy compared to ipilimumab, the current standard of care for advanced melanoma. Today’s approval allows marketing of pembrolizumab in all 28 EU member states at the approved dose of 2 mg/kg every three weeks. The European Commission’s approval is based on data from three studies -- KEYNOTE-001, KEYNOTE-002 and KEYNOTE-006. These studies evaluated the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab in advanced melanoma patients – across treatment lines, prognostic factors, tumor characteristics, and BRAF mutational status – and established 2 mg/kg every three weeks as the approved dose.
06:05 EDTMRKMerck, Ablynx expand immuno-oncology collaboration
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