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April 22, 2014
05:29 EDTLLY, NVSNovartis divests Animal Health Division to Eli Lilly for about $5.4B
In a separate transaction, Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest its Animal Health Division to Lilly (LLY) for approximately $5.4B. This transaction is the result of a competitive process, which upon completion would create a leading animal health business under Lilly's ownership and would optimize the value of the asset in the interest of Novartis shareholders. The overall financing for Novartis' obligations in the transactions is planned to be provided through a combination of excess liquidity at the time of closing, short-term financing instruments and limited new bond issues if needed.
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March 23, 2015
14:11 EDTLLYFDA updates on investigation of two deaths associated with Zyprexa Relprev
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12:10 EDTLLYTeva migraine drug data positive for Amgen, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said the "positive" trial data Teva (TEVA) reported for its anti-CGRP antibody in migraines is another important validation for the class of drugs that is also being worked on by Amgen (AMGN), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Alder Biopharmaceuticals (ALDR). The firm said it thinks Amgen is one of the leaders in CGRP antibody space and reiterated its Overweight rating and $187 price target on Amgen shares.
11:09 EDTLLYPfizer hits best level in over decade after Jefferies adds to list of best ideas
The shares of Pfizer (PFE) are rising after an analyst wrote that the company's shares are poised to rise significantly over the next one to two years. Additionally, the company announced that it would resume developing its painkiller, tanezumab, in partnership with Eli Lilly (LLY). ANALYST OUTLOOK: Pfizer's breast cancer drug for postmenopausal women, Ibrance, has had one of the best launches of any oncology drug ever, Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holdford wrote in a note to investors today. A survey of U.S. oncologists conducted by the firm shows that the doctors expect the drug to be used on about 50% of patients needing first line hormonal therapy within one year, while the drug will be used as an off-label treatment in all lines of therapy, the analyst wrote. The drug will generate revenue of $5.5B in 2020, versus the consensus outlook of $3.3B, Holford estimated. Meanwhile, the drug maker's Global Established Pharmaceutical, or GEP, business' revenue and profits should top consensus estimates by14% by 2018, according to the analyst. Pfizer could generate value through accretive M&A activity and by separating the GEP unit by 2017, Holdford stated. He raised his price target on the name to $45 from $42, kept a buy rating on the shares, and added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pfizer announced that, in partnership with Eli Lilly, it would resume its Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. The announcement was made after the FDA removed a partial clinical hold on the drug, Pfizer noted. As a result of its decision, Pfizer expects to receive a $200M payment, in accordance with the companies' agreement, Pfizer stated. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Pfizer climbed 2.4% to $35.08. The stock has not traded at a price per share this high since 2004.
09:45 EDTNVSUBS to hold a field trip
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09:03 EDTLLY, NVSLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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08:46 EDTLLYEli Lilly price target raised to $85 from $78 at Cowen
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08:06 EDTLLYPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
Pfizer (PFE) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced that they are preparing to resume the Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. As a result, Pfizer expects to receive a $200M upfront payment from Lilly in accordance with their collaboration agreement. This announcement follows a decision by the U.S. FDA to lift the partial clinical hold on the tanezumab development program after a review of a robust body of nonclinical data characterizing the sympathetic nervous system response to tanezumab. The data were submitted to the FDA in February. In the prior clinical studies of more than 11,000 patients, tanezumab demonstrated clinically meaningful efficacy vs. placebo and other select commonly used pain medicines. A partial clinical hold has been in place for tanezumab and all other anti-nerve growth factor antibodies since December 2012 due to adverse changes in the sympathetic nervous system of mature animals. Studies in terminal cancer pain were allowed to proceed.
08:05 EDTLLYPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
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07:17 EDTLLYAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
March 20, 2015
12:33 EDTNVSNovartis says CLEAR Phase IIb study met primary endpoint
Novartis announced results from the CLEAR study demonstrating that Cosentyx is significantly superior to Stelara, a widely used biologic, in achieving clear or almost clear skin for psoriasis patients. The detailed findings were presented in a late-breaking research session at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco, USA. Cosentyx -- at a dose of 300 mg -- is the first and only interleukin-17A inhibitor approved to treat adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. In this Phase IIIb study, Cosentyx met the primary endpoint of showing superiority to Stelara as assessed by the Psoriasis Area Severity Index 90 response, known as clear to almost clear skin at Week 16. PASI 90 is considered an important measure of treatment success by the European Medicines Agency and an optimal treatment goal for patients. In addition, completely clear skin at Week 16 was achieved by significantly more patients treated with Cosentyx than those receiving Stelara. In addition, Cosentyx demonstrated rapid onset of action and greater efficacy at all time points in the study up to Week 16, with 50% of Cosentyx patients achieving PASI 75 as early as Week 4 compared to Stelara. The CLEAR study follows the pivotal Phase III FIXTURE study, which showed Cosentyx was superior to Enbrel.
11:33 EDTLLYFly Review: Analysts correctly predict jump in Biogen shares
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are rallying after the company reported results for a Phase 1b study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. On March 18, as reported on that day by The Fly, RBC Capital predicted that the stock would rise after the results were published. A number of other firms were also upbeat on the stock ahead of the data release. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier this morning Biogen announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. Beta amyloid is a protein that produces plaque in the brain. Scientists suspect that plaques in the brain are a cause of Alzheimer's. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. PRE-EVENT CALLS: RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee predicted earlier this week in a note to investors that Biogen would report strong data for BIIB-037 and the stock should "work higher" after the data is unveiled. Alzheimer's patients taking the high dose of Biogen's BIIB-037 drug should exhibit a stabilization of cognition levels, Yee stated. Conversely, the cognition levels of patients taking the placebo should drop slightly, the analyst predicted. On March 13, in a note summarized by The Fly on that day, JPMorgan recommended buying Biogen shares ahead of the data release. Investors still incorporated a low probability of success for the drug, and the stock could rise further, the firm wrote. On March 19, in a note also published by The Fly, Credit Suisse wrote that Biogen's multiple could rise if the data on BIIB-037 was positive. It raised its price target on the name to $500 from $400. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Barclays raised Biogen's price target to $500 from $435 following the company's report of "impressive" full results from the Alzheimer's study. Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer also raised his price target for Biogen shares to $500 this morning, calling today’s BIIB-037 results "robust and impressive." Schimmer believes the trial showed a "consistent and dramatic" dose effect on both radiographic and clinical disease features and thinks the side effects "pale in comparison" to the drug’s efficacy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY) are also currently developing similar Alzheimer's treatments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Biogen rose 7% to $464. The stock is up about 9% since Wednesday. Eli Lilly shares are up 1.6% to $75.40 this morning, while Roche rose 2.2% to $35. Reference Link
09:57 EDTLLYLeerink major pharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:01 EDTLLYEli Lilly up 2% to $75.75 in pre-market trading
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08:01 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Innovent Biologics announce strategic alliance
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07:41 EDTNVS, LLYAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
15:55 EDTNVSAmgen injunction bid for Neupogen biosimilar denied, Reuters reports
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15:13 EDTNVSAmgen denied preliminary injunction for biologics against Novartis, Reuters says
08:08 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Hanmi sign license and collaboration agreement
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March 18, 2015
12:48 EDTLLYFly Watch: Biogen predicted to report strong Alzheimer's data this Friday
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07:46 EDTLLYLilly Roche would have upbeat read through from strong BIIB data, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that the data for Biogen's (BIIB) Alzheimer's treatment, due to be released on Friday, is widely expected to be positive. The firm thinks that positive data would boost the outlook for similar Alzheimer's drugs being developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY), since consensus estimates for those drugs are low. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on Eli Lilly and Roche.
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