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April 28, 2014
07:27 EDTNVS, LLY, GSK, SNY, PFEDrug companies targeting myostatin, WSJ reports
Drug companies, including Novartis (NVS), Eli Lilly (LLY), Sanofi (SNY), Pfizer (PFE) and Glaxosmithkline (GSK), are looking make a drug that targets myostatin, a naturally occurring protein that curbs muscle growth, the Wall Street Journal reports. All the companies' drugs are in clinical or earlier-stage testing, and the first drug could be approved in 2016. Reference Link
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October 17, 2014
09:06 EDTSNYAmgen files patent infringement lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron
Amgen (AMGN) announced that it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Delaware against Sanofi (SNY), Aventisub, formerly doing business as Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Numbers 8,563,698, 8,829,165, and 8,859,741. These patents, which are owned by Amgen, describe and claim monoclonal antibodies to proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, or PCSK9. By its complaint, Amgen seeks an injunction to prevent the infringing manufacture, use and sale of Sanofi and Regeneron's alirocumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. Sanofi and Regeneron recently announced that they have completed Phase 3 clinical trials on alirocumab and intend to pursue regulatory approval to market alirocumab in the U.S. Amgen previously announced submission of a Biologics License Application to the FDA for evolocumab, its own investigational human monoclonal antibody to PCSK9, for the treatment of high cholesterol, on Aug. 28.
October 16, 2014
14:36 EDTLLYLilly to close Guayama facility, will take 16c charge in Q4
Eli Lilly announced plans to conclude production and pursue a sale of one of its three manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico. The manufacturing site, located in Guayama, Puerto Rico, will remain in operation until the end of 2015. All of the approximately 100 full-time non-contracted employees currently working in Guayama will be offered employment at Lilly's Carolina, Puerto Rico, location. As a result of this action, the company expects to record a charge of approximately $170M or approximately 16c per share, after tax, in Q414. While Lilly will initiate efforts to sell the Guayama site, the company will continue to invest in two manufacturing plants at Carolina. In November 2013, Lilly announced a $200M investment to increase capacity in its Carolina-based insulin active ingredient manufacturing plant. In July, Lilly announced an additional $40M in investments to increase capabilities at its Carolina-based drug product site as part of a rebalancing of Lilly's oral solid dosage network.
08:38 EDTPFEBaxter expects divestiture of vaccines business to Pfizer to close in Q4
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08:19 EDTSNYSanofi Pasteur, Immune Design enter collaboration HSV therapy
Immune Design (IMDZ) announced that it has entered into a broad collaboration for the development of a herpes simplex virus, or HSV, immune therapy with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (SNY). Sanofi Pasteur and Immune Design will each contribute product candidates to the collaboration: Sanofi Pasteur will contribute HSV-529, a clinical-stage replication-defective HSV vaccine product candidate, and Immune Design will contribute G103, its preclinical trivalent vaccine product candidate. The collaboration will explore the potential of various combinations of agents, including leveraging Immune Design's GLAASTM platform, with the goal to select the best potential immune therapy for patients. The two companies will develop the products jointly through Phase 2 clinical trials, at which point Sanofi Pasteur intends to continue development of the most promising candidate and be responsible for commercialization. Sanofi Pasteur will bear the costs of all preclinical and clinical development, with Immune Design providing a specific formulation of GLA from the GLAAS platform at its cost through Phase 2 studies. Immune Design will be eligible to receive future milestone and royalty payments on any product developed from the collaboration; other financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
08:08 EDTPFEActavis confirms generic Quillivant XR patent challenge
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07:28 EDTPFEFDA to hold a joint advisory committee meeting on Chantix
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October 15, 2014
17:03 EDTNVSNovartis announces CTL019 data demonstrating efficacy in certain ALL patients
Novartis and the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine announced preliminary results from two pilot clinical trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine, or NEJM, evaluating the efficacy and safety of CTL019 in patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or r/r ALL. The studies, conducted by Penn, demonstrated that 27 of 30 pediatric and adult patients, or 90%, experienced complete remissions with the investigational chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR, therapy CTL019. Largest published cohort to date for CTL019, which served as the basis for recent Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA. Sustained remissions of up to two years in r/r ALL patients with six-month event-free survival of 67% and overall survival of 78%.
15:00 EDTPFEShire-Allergan, AbbVie-Pfizer deals possible if merger scrapped, Bloomberg says
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10:02 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:29 EDTSNYSelecta, JDRF, Sanofi extend collaboration for SVP immunotherapy
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05:26 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
October 14, 2014
13:09 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline seeks binding bids for mature drugs, Reuters reports
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11:23 EDTNVS, GSK, PFE, SNYBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:19 EDTGSKNIH says several potential Ebola treatments under development
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10:10 EDTGSKNIH director says supporting BioCryst, Chimerix Ebola treatments
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09:00 EDTSNYSanofi rotavirus vaccine enters Phase III trials in India
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08:08 EDTSNYRegulus Therapeutics to present new preclinical data on multiple programs
Regulus Therapeutics (RGLS) announced that it will present new preclinical data on multiple programs and an overview of its clinical portfolio at the 10th Annual Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society meeting being held October 12-October 15 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. In a poster titled "Anti-Diabetic Activity of miR-103/107 Anti-miRs", Regulus scientists will present preclinical data further demonstrating the potential benefit of a microRNA therapeutic for the treatment of metabolic disorders. In a poster titled "Inhibition of miR-21 with RG-012 Improves Renal Function and Survival in Multiple Strains of Col4A3 Deficient Mice", Regulus scientists, in collaboration with its strategic alliance partner Sanofi (SNY), will present new preclinical data demonstrating that weekly subcutaneous delivery of RG-012 has shown to provide both glomerular and tubule protection in the kidneys of Col4A3 deficient mice in an Alport syndrome model.
07:15 EDTLLYBiotech Industry Organization to hold a summit
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October 13, 2014
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance of Palbociclib NDA with priority review
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07:12 EDTGSKOligonucleotide Therapeutics Society to hold annual meeting
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