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April 22, 2014
09:55 EDTNVS, NVS, LLY, LLYEli Lilly to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health for ~$5.4B will be held on April 22 at 10:15 am. Webcast Link
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October 22, 2014
17:48 EDTLLYCANDA NK-2 files motion to dismiss patent infringement suit
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16:23 EDTLLYEli Lilly expands collaboration with Zymeworks by up to $375M
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15:37 EDTLLYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
13:49 EDTLLYEarnings Preview: Lilly looks to rebound from recent patent expirations
Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23 with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Lilly is a global pharmaceutical manufacturer that also has an animal health business segment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.83B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 60c-77c on revenue of $4.75B-$4.92B. LAST QUARTER: Eli Lilly reported second quarter EPS of 68c, which beat consensus estimates, on revenue of $4.94B against estimates of $4.9B. Lilly reaffirmed its FY14 EPS and revenue view at the time. The company said it sees FY14 EPS of $2.72-$2.80 on revenue of $19.4B-$20.0B, against consensus estimates of $2.78 and $19.93B respectively. Lilly's CEO John Lechleiter commented on the quarter, "Lilly's second-quarter results reflect a substantial decline in revenue and earnings resulting from recent patent expirations. At the same time, new product approvals and impending launches give us great confidence that Lilly is poised for growth in the years ahead. We have stayed the course with our innovation-based strategy, replenishing and advancing our pipeline. We remain firm in our commitment to sustain and accelerate a flow of important new medicines that make life better for people around the world." STREET RESEARCH: In late August, Deutsche Bank initiated coverage of the name with a Buy rating and a $71 price target. PRICE ACTION: Lilly shares are relatively flat since the company's last earnings report on July 24, and they are trading up fractionally to $64.95 in midday trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings release.
07:44 EDTNVSGlaxoSmithKline backs FY14 view for core EPS 'broadly similar' to FY13
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) continues to expect full year 2014 core EPS to be broadly similar to 2013 at CER and on ex-divestment basis. Glaxo says its proposed 3-part transaction with Novartis (NVS) is on track for completion in 1H15.
07:35 EDTLLYCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
08:32 EDTLLYFDA accepted NDA for empagliflozin plus
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07:15 EDTNVS, LLYFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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October 20, 2014
15:09 EDTNVSNovartis reports FDA advisory committee recommends approval of secukinumab
Novartis announced the Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to the FDA voted unanimously to support the approval of AIN457, or secukinumab, a selective interleukin-17A inhibitor, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. A Biologics License Application for secukinumab is currently under FDA review with an anticipated action date in early 2015.
07:26 EDTNVSFDA Dermatologic & Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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October 17, 2014
14:50 EDTNVSBARDA asks labs to ramp up Zmapp production, Reuters says
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10:51 EDTLLYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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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.
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%.
October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTNVSBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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07:15 EDTLLYBiotech Industry Organization to hold a summit
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October 10, 2014
10:03 EDTLLYEli Lilly olaratumab granted orphan designation as soft tissue sarcoma treatment
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05:13 EDTNVSNovartis reports new analyses of AIN457 Phase III data show consistent efficacy
Novartis announced that new analyses of AIN457 Phase III studies showed that treatment with secukinumab 300 mg resulted in higher rates of clear to almost clear skin at Week 12 versus placebo, regardless of patients' psoriasis disease severity. Secukinumab's new mode of action stops interleukin-17A, which plays a central role in the development of psoriasis. In the analyses, the majority of patients across two disease severity subgroups, including those with severe psoriasis, experienced complete clear to almost clear skin measured as 100 or 90% reduction of respective baseline PASI, or Psoriasis Area and Severity Index. Skin clearance was sustained through one year of treatment. This is important as historically, psoriasis patients' disease severity at the start of treatment has been shown to negatively impact their response to other therapies. Disease severity subgroups were PASI less than or equal to 20 and PASI greater than 20. PASI measures redness, scaling and thickness of psoriatic plaques and the impact in regions of the body. These findings reconfirm the significantly better responses seen in the published FIXTURE study, where secukinumab showed superiority to Enbrel, a standard of care anti-TNF medication.

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