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April 28, 2014
07:21 EDTAZN, ZTS, BMY, ABBV, PFEJefferies expects Pfizer to up bid, sees Bristol as another option
Jefferies expects Pfizer (PFE) to up its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN) and thinks AstraZeneca's board and management will see "significant additional pressure" to engage in merger talks now that Pfizer went public with its interest. The firm views Bristol-Myers (BMY) as another takeover option for Pfizer, but notes such a deal does not offer the tax incentives that AstraZeneca provides. Jefferies also reiterated AbbVie (ABBV) and Zoetis (ZTS) as consolidation plays.
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February 25, 2015
08:36 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces data from Phase IIb BMS-663068 trial
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced data from a Phase IIb trial of investigational compound BMS-663068, designed as an HIV-1 attachment inhibitor, in treatment-experienced HIV-1 patients. In the study, which compared BMS-663068 to a pharmacoenhanced protease inhibitor, virologic response rates and immunologic reconstitution were similar across the BMS-663068 and Reyataz/ritonavir arms of the trial through 48 weeks. Specifically, 61-82% of BMS-663068 patients had HIV-1 RNA levels <50 c/mL, compared to 71% of Reyataz/ritonavir patients at week 48. HIV-1 RNA levels <50 c/mL typically indicate virus replication is undetectable. Treatment with BMS-663068 resulted in no dose response safety signals, no treatment discontinuations related to adverse events, and no treatment-related serious adverse events over the course of the trial. The most common AEs were headache and abdominal pain. Due to the positive results seen thus far, a Phase III clinical trial of the attachment inhibitor among heavily treatment-experienced patients began on Monday, February 23, 2015. For the purposes of the Phase III trial, heavily treatment-experienced patients are defined as individuals who can no longer formulate a viable regimen due to accumulation of drug resistance, past intolerabilities or antiretroviral contraindications. The Phase IIb study results, presented yesterday at the 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, highlight the novel mechanism of action of the investigational prodrug BMS-663068, which when converted into its active moiety BMS-626529, is designed to bind directly to the HIV gp120 protein, and prevents initial viral attachment to the host CD4+ T cell and entry into the host immune cell.
February 24, 2015
08:07 EDTPFEPfizer announces Trumenba studies met primary objectives
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07:46 EDTBMYJacobs Engineering awarded contract from Bristol-Myers
Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) announced that it received a contract from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) to provide architectural and engineering services for a new large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, County Dublin, Ireland. The facility is being designed to produce multiple therapies for the company’s robust and growing portfolio of approved and investigational biologic medicines, and to increase Bristol-Myers Squibb’s biologics manufacturing capacity. The new facility is expected to include multiple large scale bioreactors, a purification area, as well as office and laboratory space. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Board of Directors has approved initial funding that will support the first phase of the project, with the full cost of the facility expected to be finalized in the second half of 2015. The facility is estimated to be operational in 2019.
February 23, 2015
12:53 EDTAZNAnalysts debate potential for competing Salix takeover bid
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12:21 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:19 EDTABBVEnanta announces JAMA publication of AbbVie VIEKIRA PAK study results
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11:04 EDTABBVAbbVie reports VIEKIRA PAK HPV/HIV co-infection study results published
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08:15 EDTBMYRigel Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers announces R&D collaboration agreement
Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL) and Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapies based on Rigel's extensive portfolio of small molecule TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors. TGF beta can promote tumor growth, broadly suppress the immune system and increase the ability of tumors to spread in the body. The collaboration will focus on developing a new class of therapeutics aimed at increasing the immune system's activity against various cancers either as monotherapy or in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors, including Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo and Yervoy. Under the terms of the agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb will obtain exclusive, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize small molecule therapeutics derived from Rigel's TGF beta library, including, but not limited to, those approved to treat cancer. Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay $30M upfront and Rigel will be eligible to receive development and regulatory milestones that could total more than $309M for a successful compound approved in multiple indications. Rigel will also be eligible to receive tiered royalties on the net sales of any products from the collaboration.
08:06 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Rigel enter R&D agreement for TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors
Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapies based on Rigel’s extensive portfolio of small molecule TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors. TGF beta can promote tumor growth, broadly suppress the immune system and increase the ability of tumors to spread in the body. The collaboration will focus on developing a new class of therapeutics aimed at increasing the immune system’s activity against various cancers either as monotherapy or in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors, including Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo, or nivolumab, and Yervoy, or ipilimumab. Under the terms of the agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb will obtain exclusive, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize small molecule therapeutics derived from Rigel’s TGF beta library, including, but not limited to, those approved to treat cancer. Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay $30M upfront and Rigel will be eligible to receive development and regulatory milestones that could total more than $309M for a successful compound approved in multiple indications. Rigel will also be eligible to receive tiered royalties on the net sales of any products from the collaboration.
08:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers to acquire Flexus, potential total consideration may be $1.25B
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07:55 EDTAZNJefferies says other bidders may emerge for Salix
Jefferies says it could envision other bidders emerging for Salix (SLXP) and points out recent media reports have suggested Shire (SHPG) and Endo (ENDP) have considered making a bid for the company. It lists AstraZeneca (AZN) and Takeda as others who could have possible interest in Salix. The firm believes Valeant (VRX) could afford to pay more for Salix should other bidders emerge.
February 20, 2015
10:33 EDTABBV, PFEBattleground update: AbbVie named top global pick at Jefferies
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10:31 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance of NDA for Rapamune
Pfizer announced that the FDA has accepted for priority review a supplemental New Drug Application for RAPAMUNE for the treatment of lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare, progressive lung disease in women of childbearing age that is often fatal. With the Priority Review designation for the sNDA, Pfizer anticipates a decision in June of 2015 based on the anticipated Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date. The sNDA is based on results from the Multicenter International Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Efficacy and Safety of Sirolimus Trial. The MILES Trial included 89 LAM patients with moderate lung impairment who were randomized to receive RAPAMUNE or placebo for 12 months, followed by a 12 month observation period. In the trial, those treated with RAPAMUNE for one year experienced stabilization of lung function as measured by forced expiratory volume in one second.
07:23 EDTABBV, BMY, PFE, AZNAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTAZNAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
18:25 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray biotech analyst to hold analyst/industry conference call
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14:49 EDTPFEWalgreens selected by Pfizer as one of pharmacies to dispense Ibrance
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12:13 EDTABBVAbbVie increases quarterly dividend 4% to 51c per share
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08:16 EDTZTSZoetis price target raised tio $54 from $50 at Argus
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07:12 EDTPFEWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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