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April 3, 2014
05:31 EDTNVSNovartis says data on 19 investigational compounds to be presented
Novartis announced that early stage data on 19 investigational compounds in its oncology pipeline will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research. Among the data being presented are single agent and combination studies with key investigational compounds in the Novartis Oncology breast cancer development program, including an early phase study of the CDK4/6 inhibitor LEE011 and PI3K inhibitors BKM120 and BYL719. LEE011 and BKM120 are currently in Phase III and BYL719 is in Phase I trials for the treatment of advanced breast cancer.
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July 24, 2015
10:56 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo
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09:02 EDTNVSLigand says Revolade recommended by CHMP for EU approval for SAA
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07:17 EDTNVSNovartis combination therapy Tafinlar, Mekinist achieves regulatory milestones
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July 22, 2015
07:03 EDTNVSIgnyta names Bernard Parker as Chief Commercial Officer
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July 21, 2015
11:49 EDTNVSNovartis may sell Amgen's cancer drug as soon as September, Bloomberg says
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05:20 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of up mid-single digit
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 core EPS $1.27, consensus $1.24
Reports Q2 revenue $12.7B, consensus $12.44B. Further strengthening of USD impacted sales by -11% and core operating income by -13%. Growth Products, an indicator of the rejuvenation of the portfolio, contributed 35% of continuing operations net sales in Q2, and were up 24%. In Pharmaceuticals, Growth Products contributed 44% of division net sales in the quarter, and sales for these products were up 38%.
July 20, 2015
08:25 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:32 EDTNVSAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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July 15, 2015
07:58 EDTNVSAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
July 13, 2015
11:47 EDTNVSFDA approves new drug to treat schizophrenia
The U.S. FDA announced that it has approved Rexulti tablets to treat adults with schizophrenia and as an add-on treatment to an antidepressant medication to treat adults with major depressive disorder. Rexulti is manufactured by Tokyo-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Novartis' (NVS) Clozaril is indicated to treat severely ill adult patients with schizophrenia who have not responded appropriately to standard antipsychotic treatment. Other atypical antipsychotics include Otsuka's Abilify, Pfizer's (PFE) Geodon, Janssen's (JNJ) Invega and Risperdal, Forest Labs' (ACT) Saphris, AstraZeneca's (AZN) Seroquel and Eli Lilly's (LLY) Zyprexa.

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