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August 19, 2014
05:11 EDTNVS, EMITF, TEVA, AMGNGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
Gamida Cell announced that it has signed an investment and option agreement with Novartis (NVS). According to the agreement, Novartis will invest $35M in Gamida Cell and in return will receive 15% equity and an option to fully acquire Gamida Cell. The option is exercisable for a limited period of time following achievement of certain milestones connected to the development of NiCord, anticipated to be met during 2015. Upon exercising the Option, Novartis would pay the other shareholders in Gamida Cell cash payments of approximately $165M, in accordance with the terms of the agreement. In addition, the Sellers will be entitled to potential future payments which can reach a total of $435M, depending on certain development and regulatory milestones and on sales of Gamida Cell's products. Gamida Cell's current shareholders include Elbit Imaging (EMITF), Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), and Amgen (AMGN).
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October 27, 2014
06:36 EDTAMGNAmgen price target raised to $170 from $150 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Amgen shares to $170 citing confidence in the company's pipeline and its commitment to shareholders. Piper believes splitting up Amgen would be "value destructive" since investors tend to undervalue later stage programs. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:28 EDTNVSVirbac acquires veterinary assets from Eli Lilly in U.S.
Virbac announces that it has entered into an agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY) to acquire "major" U.S. veterinary products currently marketed by Novartis (NVS) Animal Health. Eli Lilly has agreed to divest these U.S. assets in connection with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s review of Eli Lilly’s pending acquisition of Novartis Animal Health worldwide. Under the terms of this agreement, Virbac would acquire a combination of titles and rights for the U.S. on trademarks, marketing authorizations, patents, know-how, customer lists and other assets, related to two parasiticides for dogs including Sentinel Flavor Tabs and Sentinel Spectrum, currently marketed in the U.S. by Novartis Animal Health. In the U.S., Sentinel Flavor tabs and Sentinel Spectrum are expected to reach total revenues of approximately $90M-$100M in 2014. Adding these brands and commercial franchise to the current Virbac portfolio of products offered to veterinary clinics and pet owners in the U.S. will strengthen Virbac’s presence and penetration in the U.S. companion animal veterinary market and leverage its growth potential. The completion of this transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission, which Virbac expects may be received in the near future. It is also conditioned on the closing of the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health by Eli Lilly and should occur shortly thereafter.
October 24, 2014
11:00 EDTAMGNAmgen unlikely to split, dealReporter says citing sources
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08:07 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold business review meeting
Business Review Meeting is being held in New York on October 28 at 8 am. Webcast Link
October 23, 2014
11:57 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with Jefferies
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08:28 EDTAMGNAmgen may be positioned to split as urged by Loeb, Reuters says
It is not rare for mature pharmaceutical companies to consider, or be called on, to split into "cash" and "growth" companies, but such break-ups rarely happen, according to Reuters' "Breakingviews" columnist Robert Cyran, who contends "Amgen may be the exception" and that activist Dan Loeb "has picked the right target." Reference Link
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
09:03 EDTAMGNAmgen treatment of ovarian cancer designated for orphan drug status
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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 EDTAMGNCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
15:42 EDTAMGNAmgen issues statement regarding Third Point Investment
Amgen issued the following statement with respect to media inquiries concerning Third Point LLC's equity position in Amgen: "Amgen maintains an active, engaged dialogue with all shareholders. Amgen has always appreciated the perspectives of all of its shareholders, including Third Point, and welcomes constructive input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors frequently receives input from shareholders, including ideas like those offered by Third Point. The Board and management continually assess Amgen's strategic priorities – and, when appropriate, take action – to set the best path forward to increase shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors and management remain focused on addressing significant unmet medical needs for serious illnesses and driving value for all shareholders. We look forward to further updating our shareholders on Amgen's strategic priorities and update on our restructuring plans at our business review on October 28th."
14:25 EDTAMGNAmgen urged by Third Point to split up
In its Q3 investor letter, Dan Loeb's Third Point said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. Amgen's first steps to target its "inflated cost structure" should be applauded, but Third Point believes "much more can and should be done," the firm wrote. Immediate action Amgen can take to create shareholder value include focusing its R&D efforts, providing long-term margin guidance demonstrating a commitment to reducing costs and creating clarity on additional shareholder returns, Third Point also said. Additionally, Third Point said it believes that Amgen could benefit from a separation and should seriously consider breaking up into a "MatureCo" and a "GrowthCo." Shares of Amgen are up 4% to $143.12 in afternoon trading following the circulation of Third Point's Q3 investor letter.
14:09 EDTAMGNThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
13:56 EDTAMGNDan Loeb discloses position in Amgen at Robin Hood Conference, CNBC reports
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07:15 EDTNVS, AMGNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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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.
07:26 EDTNVSFDA Dermatologic & Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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07:19 EDTAMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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06:28 EDTTEVAAllergan price target raised to $210 from $190 at Citigroup
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October 19, 2014
15:56 EDTAMGNAmgen to aid in production method for Ebola drug ZMapp, Bloomberg says
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