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June 3, 2014
10:51 EDTINCY, NVSNovartis, Incyte announce results from RESPONSE trial evaluating ruxolitinib
Novartis (NVS) and Incyte (INCY) announced results from the first-ever pivotal Phase III study evaluating a JAK 1/2 inhibitor for the treatment of polycythemia vera. Jakavi, or ruxolitinib, improved hematocrit control without the need for phlebotomy and reduced spleen size in patients with PV who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea[. Findings are being presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Ruxolitinib was well tolerated and adverse events were consistent with those previously seen in ruxolitinib studies in PV and myelofibrosis. Within the first 32 weeks of treatment, Grade 3 or 4 hematologic AEs in the ruxolitinib treatment arm were anemia and thrombocytopenia and fewer patients treated with ruxolitinib experienced thromboembolic events when compared to those who received best available therapy. The most common non-hematologic AEs were headache, diarrhea and fatigue. Additionally, 3.6% of patients randomized to the ruxolitinib treatment arm discontinued treatment due to AEs compared to 1.8% on the best available therapy arm. Data from the RESPONSE trial will support worldwide regulatory submissions planned this year.
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September 2, 2015
16:20 EDTNVSHealth Canada approves new indications for PrOmnitrope
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12:22 EDTNVSAmgen denied injunction to block Novartis copy of Neupogen, Reuters reports
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12:15 EDTNVSAmgen denied injunction to block Novartis copy of Neupogen, Bloomberg reports
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05:36 EDTINCYIncyte announces global license agreement with Jiangsu Henrui Medicine
Incyte announced a global license and collaboration agreement with Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine for the development and commercialization of SHR-1210, an investigational anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody. Under the agreement, Incyte will have the exclusive development and commercialization rights to SHR-1210 worldwide, with the exception of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. SHR-1210 is expected to enter proof-of-concept studies for the treatment of patients with advanced solid tumors in the coming months. Under the terms of the agreement, Incyte will acquire development and commercialization rights to SHR-1210 worldwide, with the exception of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, in exchange for an upfront payment of $25M. The terms also include potential milestone payments of up to $770 million to Hengrui, consisting of $90M for regulatory approval milestones, $530M for commercial performance milestones, and $150M based on clinical superiority. The terms also include tiered royalties to Hengrui on net sales of SHR-1210 in Incyte territories. Under the Agreement, Incyte and Hengrui will assume all financial obligations associated with the development and commercialization of SHR-1210 in their respective territories.
05:35 EDTNVSNovartis receives EU approval for Revolade
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September 1, 2015
16:33 EDTNVSAmgen, Novartis enter agreement for Alzheimer's, migraine research
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August 28, 2015
05:32 EDTNVSNovartis renews pledge with WHO to end leprosy
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August 25, 2015
15:02 EDTNVSMylan says USPTO institutes IPR of two Copaxone patents
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August 24, 2015
13:15 EDTNVSFDA expands use of Novartis' Promacta to include children ages 1 and older
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) announced that the FDA has approved an expanded use for Promacta, a Novartis (NVS) product, to include children 1 year of age and older with chronic immune thrombocytopenia who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immunoglobulins or splenectomy. Promacta was acquired by Novartis in March from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Promacta was discovered as a result of research collaboration between GSK and Ligand Pharmaceuticals and was developed by GSK. The updated label also includes a new oral suspension formulation of Promacta that is designed for younger children who may not be able to swallow tablets. Promacta was approved by the FDA as a tablet formulation in June 2015 for children 6 years of age and older and in 2008 for use in adult patients with the same condition. The label expansion of Promacta was based on data from two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, including the largest Phase 3 clinical trial in this patient population. Treatment with Promacta significantly increased and sustained platelet counts among pediatric patients with chronic ITP with an insufficient response to prior chronic ITP therapies, and some patients taking concomitant ITP medications were able to reduce or discontinue their use of these medications, primarily corticosteroids. Promacta should be used only in those whose degree of thrombocytopenia and clinical condition increase the risk for bleeding.
12:11 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approves expanded use for Promacta
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTINCYBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
08:55 EDTINCYIncyte management to meet with JPMorgan
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05:25 EDTNVSNovartis acquires all remaining rights to Ofatumumab from GSK
Novartis (NVS) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all remaining rights to Ofatumumab from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Ofatumumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody which targets CD20, is being developed for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, and other autoimmune indications. Novartis previously acquired the rights to Ofatumumab for oncology indications and it is marketed under the brand name Arzerra. Novartis will be responsible for the worldwide development, regulatory and commercialization activities for Ofatumumab. Under the terms of the agreement, Novartis will make an initial upfront payment of $300M to GSK for the acquisition of the compound and a further payment of $200M payable following the start of a phase III study in MS by Novartis. Upon completion of pre-determined milestones, contingent payments of up to $534M may be made. Novartis will also pay royalties of up to 12% to GSK on any future net sales of Ofatumumab in autoimmune conditions.

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