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January 9, 2014
08:14 EDTNVS, MRKNovartis, Merck in talks to trade different businesses, Bloomberg reports
Novartis (NVS) and Merck (MRK) are in talks to trade its animal-health and human vaccines businesses for the New Jersey drugmaker’s over-the-counter health-products unit, sources say, reports Bloomberg. The swap would fit strategies at both companies to focus on core strengths.The two drugmakers may each trade about $5B in assets to do so, sources say.Reference Link
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September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis Gilenya data confirms reducing brain shrinkage matter for MS patients
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September 9, 2014
07:55 EDTNVSOphthotech earlier than expected Novartis payment positive, says Oppenheimer
After Ophthotech (OPHT) received a $50M Phase 3 enrollment payment from Novartis (NVS) earlier than expected, Oppenheimer thinks the payment highlights an underappreciated stock driver for Opthotech, and demonstrates that recent suggestions of Phase 3 enrollment timelines possibly slipping are unwarranted. The firm believes the company is executing well on the Fovista Phase 3 program and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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09:27 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds a luncheon meeting with a conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz provides an update on key trends and controversies for marketed MS therapies and discusses new data presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS at a Luncheon Meeting with an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held in Boston on September 11 at 12:15 pm.
08:38 EDTNVSMerus Labs acquires Sintrom from Novartis
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07:33 EDTNVSOphthotech achieves $50M milestone under ex-agreement with Novartis for Fovista
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September 7, 2014
17:15 EDTNVSNovartis presents new data on once-daily Ultibro Breezhaler
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTMRKMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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11:17 EDTMRKBristol-Myers files patent infringement suit against Merck
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08:39 EDTMRKMerck Keytruda sales to reach $5B in 2018, says BMO Capital
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September 4, 2014
15:16 EDTMRKMerck receives accelerated approval of Keytruda
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09:02 EDTMRKMerck's relebactam granted QIDP, fast track designations by FDA
Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated relebactam -- previously known as MK-7655 -- the company’s investigational beta-lactamase inhibitor, as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product with designated Fast Track status. The QIDP and Fast Track designations apply to intravenous use of relebactam for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections and hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia/ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia. Relebactam is an investigational, class A and C, beta-lactamase inhibitor that is being evaluated in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. In preclinical studies, relebactam administered in combination with imipenem/cilastatin demonstrated antibacterial activity against a broad range of Gram-negative and beta-lactam-resistant pathogens. Merck plans to initiate Phase 3 studies with relebactam in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in 2015.
07:21 EDTMRKMedidata can obtain major new platform customers, says Stifel
Noting that Medidata (MDSO) partners with Veeva, Stifel believes that a number of Veeva (VEEV) customers could become Medidata platform customers, especially if they already use Medidata for R&D and clinical trial solutions. The firm identifies Merck (MRK), Gilead (GILD), and Teva (TEVA) as companies that may become platform clients for Medidata. Stifel keeps a $55 price target and Buy rating on Medidata.
September 3, 2014
17:25 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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05:43 EDTNVSNovartis Gilenya data redefining MS treatment goals
Novartis announced that new analyses to be presented at the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, MA from September 10-13, will add to the growing evidence confirming the importance of redefining treatment goals in multiple sclerosis, or MS. The goal of MS treatment is to have 'no evidence of disease activity' or 'NEDA', which is currently defined as no evidence of relapses, MRI lesions and disability progression. New data to be presented will reinforce the clinical relevance of brain shrinkage and highlight the benefit of including it as a fourth key measure of MS in the definition of NEDA. In addition, other analyses will show that patients treated with Gilenya were more likely to achieve NEDA based on assessment of these four key measures, including MS-related brain shrinkage, than those on placebo. New Gilenya analyses will show how brain shrinkage is associated with future long-term disability progression in patients with MS and that patients with relapsing MS treated with Gilenya had lower rates of brain shrinkage that importantly were sustained over time. The findings will also provide further evidence of the high efficacy of Gilenya on MS disease activity across four key measures.
September 2, 2014
17:28 EDTNVSNovartis heart drug LCZ696 could drive shares to new highs, Barron's says
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10:29 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
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07:59 EDTNVSElbit Imaging subsidiary announces Gamida Cell completed execution of agreements
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07:01 EDTNVSNovartis volatility expected to move on heart failure drug LCZ696 study
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