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August 19, 2014
05:11 EDTTEVA, EMITF, AMGN, NVSGamida 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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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTAMGNAmgen initiates new combination trial for talimogene laherparepvec with KEYTRUDA
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13:07 EDTNVSNovartis announces data from Jakavi trial
Novartis (NVS) announced data from the largest clinical trial of myelofibrosis patients treated with Jakavi, supporting the safety profile and efficacy benefit as measured in primary and secondary endpoints respectively. In an analysis of 1,144 patients treated with Jakavi to date in this ongoing expanded access study, 69% of patients achieved >50% reduction in spleen size from baseline and patients also experienced a clinically meaningful improvement in myelofibrosis symptom score, important treatment goals for patients with myelofibrosis. Findings from the study were presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, California. Novartis research and development efforts, in collaboration with Incyte Corporation (INCY), include early-phase and post-marketing studies in myelofibrosis and other myeloproliferative neoplasms. More than 50 abstracts on ruxolitinib are being presented at ASH, including three oral presentations exploring combinations of ruxolitinib with various investigational compounds, evaluating the possibility of simultaneously targeting multiple cancer pathways that may be involved in the pathogenesis of myelofibrosis. The JUMP study is a Phase IIIb, expanded-access trial for countries with no access to Jakavi outside of a clinical trial. The open-label, multicenter study analyzed 1,144 enrolled myelofibrosis patients who received daily starting doses of either 5 mg, 15 mg or 20 mg of Jakavi twice daily based on platelet counts at baseline. The primary endpoint is assessment of safety and tolerability of Jakavi. Overall, the safety and efficacy profile of Jakavi was consistent with previous studies.
13:05 EDTNVSNovartis reports six-year results from Phase III ENESTnd study
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11:30 EDTNVS, TEVALeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTAMGNAmgen announces FDA approval for XGEVA
Amgen announced that the FDA has approved a new indication for XGEVA for the treatment of hypercalcemia of malignancy refractory to bisphosphonate therapy. XGEVA was approved and granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA, which is reserved for drugs that are intended for the treatment of rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. HCM is a serious complication in patients with advanced cancer, including those with hematologic malignancies, and indicates poor prognosis.1,2 The condition results from cancer-driven increases in bone resorption, and if untreated, can lead to renal failure, progressive mental impairment, coma and death. The approval of XGEVA is based on positive results from an open-label, single-arm study, which enrolled patients with advanced cancer and persistent hypercalcemia after recent bisphosphonate treatment. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with a response, defined as albumin-corrected serum calcium <11.5 mg/dLwithin 10 days after the first dose of XGEVA. Secondary endpoints included the proportion of patients who experienced a complete response (defined as CSC <10.8 mg/dL by day 10, time to response and response duration. The study achieved its primary endpoint with a response rate at day 10 of 63.6 percent in the 33 patients evaluated. The overall complete response rate was 63.6 percent. The estimated median time to response was nine days, and the median duration of response was 104 days.4,5
09:09 EDTAMGNAmgen announces FDA approval for XGEVA
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08:21 EDTTEVAMerck says looked at all risks, including patent litgation, before Cubist deal
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06:47 EDTTEVAArena says Teva files marketing authorization of Belviq in Israel
Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) disclosed late Friday that Teva Pharmaceutical's (TEVA) local Israeli subsidiary, Abic Marketing Limited, has filed for marketing authorization of Belviq in Israel. In connection with the filing, Arena will receive a milestone payment of $250K.
05:42 EDTNVS, AMGNSandoz Phase III data shows filgrastim has similar safety, efficacy as NEUPOGEN
Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, announced Phase III data that demonstrated similarity of its investigational biosimilar filgrastim compared to the US-licensed reference product, Amgen's (AMGN) NEUPOGEN in the prevention of severe neutropenia in patients with breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy. The study also showed that repeated switching at each cycle between the investigational biosimilar and the originator filgrastim showed no impact on efficacy, safety or immunogenicity. The PIONEER study was a Phase III study designed to compare the efficacy and safety of the investigational biosimilar and the reference product with respect to mean duration of severe neutropenia following Cycle 1 chemotherapy. PIONEER was a randomized, double-blind, four-group, multi-center non-inferiority trial conducted at 27 centers. The trial randomized 218 breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy.
December 7, 2014
14:38 EDTAMGNAmgen announces new data from Phase 2 BLINCYTO immunotherapy study
Amgen announced new data from the Phase 2 BLAST study which evaluated the bispecific T cell engager, BiTE, immunotherapy BLINCYTO in patients with minimal residual disease, MRD, positive B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ALL. In the study, 78% of patients who received BLINCYTO experienced a complete MRD response , a measure of eradication of residual disease at the molecular level, after one treatment cycle. Nearly all complete responses occurred within the first treatment cycle. The results from the BLAST study will be featured during the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition press briefing on Saturday, December 6, at 10 a.m. PT and will be presented in an oral session at ASH on Monday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m. PT. "BLINCYTO is the most advanced of Amgen's BiTE immunotherapies, a new and innovative approach that helps the body's own immune system fight cancer," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "Achieving molecular complete remission is an important goal in the treatment of ALL, and the data presented at ASH demonstrates that BLINCYTO can produce deep responses in patients that have trace amounts of residual disease." MRD is a state of disease in which the microscopic analysis does not show malignant cells, but more sensitive techniques still detect disease at the molecular level. Patients who have persistent or recurrent MRD after their first therapy have a higher risk of relapse than those with no detectable MRD. In addition to the majority of patients achieving a compete MRD response within one cycle of treatment, 80% achieved a complete MRD response across all cycles. Responses occurred in all subgroups including older patients and patients with high MRD level; no predictive factor for MRD response was identified. In the study, adverse events of all grades occurring in 20% or more patients included pyrexia, tremor, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Grade =3 AEs occurring in five percent or more patients included neutropenia , pyrexia and tremor. Two fatal AEs occurred on treatment: subdural hemorrhage and pneumonitis in conjunction with influenza. Treatment interruptions due to AEs occurred in 31% of patients.
14:18 EDTAMGNAmgen, Onyx announce detailed results from Phase 3 ASPIRE study of Kyprolis
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14:10 EDTAMGNAmerican Society of Hematology to hold a meeting
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December 5, 2014
07:54 EDTTEVALannett names Michael Bogda as president, effective December 1
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December 4, 2014
13:26 EDTAMGNAmgen to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held in conjunction with the American Society of Hematology's 56t Annual Meeting in San Francisco on December 8 at 3 pm. Webcast Link
12:22 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
10:32 EDTTEVATeva receives positive outcomes in Europe for three-times-a-week COPAXONE
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that it has received a positive outcome in the decentralized procedure for its new, three-times-a-week COPAXONE 40 mg/ml formulation for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis RMS. The outcome follows a Positive Assessment Report from the United Kingdom, the Reference Member State’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and all Concerned Member States in Europe who were involved in the procedure. Granting of national authorizations will happen in the near future. The three-times-a-week COPAXONE 40 mg/ml formulation will allow for an improved, less-frequent, subcutaneous dosing regimen for adults with RMS. The new formulation reduces the total number of injections by almost 60%, while maintaining the known benefits of once daily COPAXONE 20 mg/ml. “We welcome the opportunity to make COPAXONE 40 mg/ml available to patients with RMS in Europe,” said Rob Koremans, MD, President and CEO of Global Specialty Medicines at Teva. “Three-times-a-week COPAXONE 40 mg/ml will be available in Europe as early as the first quarter of 2015 with expected launches in Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. Launches in other EU countries are expected throughout 2015.”
09:15 EDTNVSArray BioPharma to host conference call
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08:45 EDTNVSAbbVie price target raised to $80 from $72 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for AbbVie shares to $80 while calling the company one of its top five global pharma picks for 2015. The firm's top U.S. pick is Pfizer (PFE) and its top Europe pick is Novartis (NVS). Bayer (BAYRY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) round out the top five. Jefferies thinks AbbVie's "strong momentum" will continue into the first half of 2015 and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
05:54 EDTNVSArray BioPharma regaining binimetinib a 'big win,' says Piper Jaffray
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05:30 EDTTEVACTI BioPharma receives $15M payment from Teva for TRISENOX
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