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June 2, 2014
09:07 EDTNVSNovartis presents LBH589 data at ASCO
Novartis data at ASCO show LBH589 significantly improved progression-free survival in patients with multiple myeloma. Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions. Results show adding LBH589 to bortezomib and dexamethasone significantly improved PFS by 37%, meeting Phase III study primary endpoint. Median PFS increased by 4 months, effect of LBH589 observed across all patient subgroups. Most people with multiple myeloma will relapse or become refractory; if approved, LBH589 will be first in its class of anticancer agents available to this population. Based on these data, US FDA granted priority review in May; additional global regulatory filings are underway. The company said, "Almost all patients with multiple myeloma ultimately relapse and become resistant to treatment, so new therapies are critical for continuing to manage the disease and improve outcomes. These are the first Phase III results to show meaningful clinical benefit and provide scientific support for adding LBH589 to bortezomib-based treatment for patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma and provide a strong rationale for the use of histone deacetylase inhibitors as part of the therapeutic armamentarium in this setting."
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September 16, 2014
07:31 EDTNVSEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
September 15, 2014
07:27 EDTNVSIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTNVSHeart Failure Society of America to hold annual meeting
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September 12, 2014
05:18 EDTNVSNovartis announces new data confirms high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving NEDA
Novartis announced new analyses presented at the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, USA, which confirmed the high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving 'no evidence of disease activity', or NEDA, in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, across four key disease measures - relapses, MRI lesions, brain shrinkage and disability progression. Specifically, patients taking Gilenya had a more than four-times greater likelihood of achieving NEDA across these four key measures. NEDA is currently defined as having no relapses, MRI lesions and disability progression. These new analyses from the phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials reinforce the value of including brain shrinkage to the definition of NEDA. The inclusion of brain shrinkage into the NEDA definition would allow physicians to obtain a more complete assessment of a patient's disease, including the underlying damage in MS.
September 10, 2014
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
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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