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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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August 21, 2014
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer initiates U.S. EAP for palbociclib.
Pfizer announced that the company has initiated a multi-center, open-label expanded access program in the U.S. for palbociclib. Through the program, palbociclib is being made available for use in combination with letrozole for post-menopausal women with hormone receptor positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer for whom letrozole is considered appropriate therapy.
07:55 EDTPFEActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
07:12 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces results from pivotal UNCOVER studies for ixekizumab
Eli Lilly announces that its investigational medicine ixekizumab was statistically superior to etanercept and placebo on all skin clearance measures in Phase 3 studies. Patients treated with both dosing regimens of ixekizumab had significantly greater levels of skin clearance compared to placebo and to etanercept at the 12-week endpoint. Skin clearance was measured by standard primary endpoints for psoriasis studies: the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index and the Static Physician Global Assessment. For patients treated with ixekizumab either every four weeks or every two weeks, between 78 to 90 percent of patients achieved at least a 75 percent reduction in PASI score at 12 weeks. Additionally, 31 to 41 percent of these patients achieved PASI 100, or clear skin, at week 12. For comparison, between 5 to 7 percent of patients treated with etanercept in the UNCOVER-2 and 3 studies achieved PASI 100. Adverse events were comparable for patients receiving ixekizumab in the 12-week, randomized control portion across all three studies.
05:42 EDTSNYIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 20, 2014
15:35 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline receives FDA approval for Arnuity Ellipta in the U.S.
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12:06 EDTNVSNovartis treatment for pigmented villonodular synovitis gets orphan designation
According to a post on the FDA's website, Novartis' recombinant human monoclonal antibody of the IgG1 kappa class against human macrophage colony-stimulating factor received orphan designation. Reference Link
11:44 EDTGSKMylan completes second bidding round for GSK prescription portfolio, WSJ says
Mylan (MYL), TPG Capital, Advent International, KKR (KKR), Warburg Pincus and a few Indian prescription manufacturers have completed the second round of bidding for GlaxoSmith Kline's (GSK) portfolio of mature medications, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the sales process. GSK noted that it aims to sell a portfolio of drug brands in the U.S. and EU with yearly sales of approximately $1.66B. Reference Link
08:30 EDTGSKPernix closes acquisition of Treximet
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08:29 EDTGSKPernix Therapeutics to host conference call
Conference call to discuss acquisition of Treximet will be held on August 20 at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:04 EDTGSKPOZEN announces U.S. rights for Treximet acquired by Pernix Therapeutics
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08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis provides drug candidate compounds to TB Alliance
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August 19, 2014
16:46 EDTSNYFDA approves Genzyme Cerdelga capsules
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05:11 EDTNVSGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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August 18, 2014
17:37 EDTLLYFDA grants tentative approval for Lilly, Boehringer Basaglar insulin
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11:41 EDTLLY, PFECubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces submission of Palbociclib NDA to FDA
Pfizer announced it has completed the submission of a New Drug Application to the United States Food and Drug Administration for palbociclib. This NDA requests FDA approval of palbociclib, in combination with letrozole, for the treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer who have not received previous systemic treatment for their advanced disease. The submission is based on the final results of PALOMA-1, a randomized, Phase 2 trial comparing palbociclib plus letrozole versus letrozole alone in this population of patients. Palbociclib received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA in April 2013, for the first-line systemic treatment of women with advanced or metastatic ER+, HER2- breast cancer. This designation was based on interim data from the PALOMA-1 trial. The FDA has a 60-day filing review period to determine whether the NDA is complete and acceptable for filing. Pfizer will communicate the Agency’s decision.
07:57 EDTPFECambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
07:35 EDTNVSApricus Biosciences launches topical ED treatment in Germany
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