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News For PFE;BMY;NVS;LLY From The Last 14 Days
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May 22, 2015
10:52 EDTLLY, BMY, PFE, NVSJPMorgan says Actavis shares cheap compared to peers
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07:33 EDTBMYBristol-Myers receives positive CHMP opinion for Nivolumab
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May 21, 2015
08:39 EDTNVSNovartis initiates Phase 1 PCA062, triggering milestone payment to ImmunoGen
In a regulatory filing, ImmunoGen disclosed Novartis (NVS) Institutes for BioMedical Research notified ImmunoGen (IMGN) that Novartis had initiated Phase I, first-in-human clinical testing of a product candidate, PCA062, utilizing antibody-drug conjugate technology. Pursuant to the license taken under our 2010 Multi-Target Agreement, this start of clinical testing triggers a $5M milestone payment to ImmunoGen.
07:37 EDTBMY, LLY, PFEPfizer replaces AbbVie as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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05:19 EDTNVSNovartis Afinitor extended PFS in Phase III trial in GI or lung origin NET
Novartis announced that the Phase III study of Afinitor tablets plus best supportive care in patients with advanced nonfunctional neuroendocrine tumors, or NET, of gastrointestinal, or GI, or lung origin met its primary endpoint: significant extension of progression-free survival, or PFS, compared to placebo plus best supportive care. The RADIANT-4 study is part of one of the largest clinical trial programs in NET.
May 20, 2015
11:36 EDTNVSNovartis says COPD programs met endpoints in Phase III study
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09:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers receives amended breakthrough therapy designation for daclatasvir
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07:46 EDTPFEDeutsche Bank positive on potential Pfizer, GSK merger
Deutsche Bank analyst Gregg Gilbert believes a large foreign deal for Pfizer (PFE) may make sense and says a buyout of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) could be "materially" accretive to earnings while improving the company's tax situation over time. Gilbert assumes a $60 per share buyout price for GlaxoSmithKline in a research note this morning titled "Introducing 'PfizerKline'". The stock closed yesterday up 2c to $44.68. Gilbert reiterates a Buy rating on Pfizer with a $41 price target. Shares ended yesterday up 23c to $34.21.
07:21 EDTBMYUBS to hold a conference
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May 19, 2015
08:57 EDTNVS, BMYLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:56 EDTBMYGilead for Achillion rumor not ridiculous, but highly unlikely, TheStreet says
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07:45 EDTBMYJacobs Engineering receives contract from Bristol-Myers
Jacobs Engineering (JEC) received a contract from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) to provide construction management services for a new large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, County Dublin, Ireland. Jacobs is also providing architectural and engineering services for the facility, which is being built 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.
06:55 EDTNVS, PFEGenocea could be takeover target after data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) will report positive Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization results late in Q2. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes targeting Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Positive GEN-003 data could position Genocea as a potential acquisition target by a larger vaccine player, Tenthoff tells investors today in a research note. Large vaccine makers include Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Novartis (NVS). The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Genocea with a $14 price target. Shares of the clinical-stage vaccine developer with a $227M market capitalization closed yesterday up 83c to $10.22.
May 18, 2015
12:29 EDTNVSCorium announces publication of data for needle-free transdermal flu vaccine
Corium International announced the publication of "promising" data on the use of its needle-free transdermal system to deliver influenza vaccine in the June 9 issue of Vaccine. The manuscript, entitled "Fabrication of cell culture-derived influenza vaccine dissolvable microstructures and evaluation of immunogenicity in guinea pigs," details results of a preclinical study conducted by Novartis Vaccines (NVS) and Corium. The results demonstrate the compatibility of Corium's MicroCor needle-free transdermal system with cell culture-derived influenza vaccines, and establish its potential as a next-generation vaccine delivery system, the company said.
07:38 EDTNVSNovartis outlook has improved, says Bernstein
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06:58 EDTPFEActavis CEO says chances of Pfizer offer are 'unlikely', Financial Times says
Actavis (ACT) CEO Brent Saunders said the chances of Pfizer (PFE) making an offer are "incredibly unlikely," reports the Financial Times. Saunders said he has heard the gossip that Actavis could become a takeover target for a larger group, but he spends "zero time thinking about it." Reference Link
May 15, 2015
09:31 EDTPFE, NVSAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
May 14, 2015
12:29 EDTPFEPfizer receives 'second request' from FTC regarding potential Hospira merger
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11:03 EDTBMYBristol-Myers treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy granted orphan status
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10:41 EDTBMYAnalysts upbeat on Amgen's Kyprolis after ASCO abstracts
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09:22 EDTBMY, LLYLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTBMYBristol-Myers down 1.3% after release of ASCO abstracts
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08:39 EDTPFETargacept, Catalyst Biosciences amend definitive merger agreement
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08:08 EDTPFEPfizer director Marc Tessier-Lavigne to step down from board
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07:44 EDTLLYInternational Headache Society to hold a conference
17th Congress of the International Headache Society is being held in Valencia, Spain on May 14-17.
06:04 EDTLLYEli Lilly, Sanford-Burnham to investigate immunological therapies
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May 13, 2015
19:17 EDTPFEHospira and FDA detect security vulnerabilities in infusion pumps
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17:19 EDTPFEPfizer, Merck KGaA to present data at ASCO for avelumab
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13:43 EDTPFEHospira shareholders approve merger with Pfizer
Hospira (HSP) announced that Hospira shareholders voted in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement with Pfizer (PFE) at a special meeting of stockholders held May 13 in Denver, Colorado. On February 5, Hospira and Pfizer announced they had entered into a merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Hospira for $90 per share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately $17B. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, one of which was approval of the merger by Hospira's shareholders. Additional closing conditions to be met include obtaining regulatory approvals in several jurisdictions. Hospira and Pfizer continue to expect the merger to close in the second half of 2015.
13:12 EDTBMYSen. Sanders urges VA to break patents on Gilead hepatitis C drugs
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07:31 EDTPFEHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 12, 2015
09:26 EDTNVSNovartis Animal Health issued FDA warning letter over marketing materials
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May 11, 2015
17:36 EDTPFEAthersys down 10.1% after Pfizer notified that it will terminate agreement
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17:34 EDTPFEAthersys receives notification that Pfizer will terminate agreement
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16:33 EDTPFEPfizer takes minority interest in AM-Pharma, secures option to acquire company
AM-Pharma and Pfizer announced that Pfizer has acquired a minority equity interest in AM-Pharma and secured an exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in the company. The option becomes exercisable upon completion of a Phase II trial of recAP in the treatment of Acute Kidney Injury related to sepsis. There are no drugs currently approved for this condition and the only treatment option is dialysis and supportive care. Results from the current Phase II trial for recAP are expected in the second half of 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer has made an upfront payment of $87.5M for the minority equity interest and exclusive option, with additional potential payments of up to $512.5M upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from this agreement. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Pfizer is committed to advancing the science to address the high unmet medical need in Acute Kidney Injury,” said Mikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D., president, Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer. “Clinical data for recAP show the potential to uniquely address Acute Kidney Injury in the setting of sepsis, and we look forward to working with our partners at AM-Pharma as we aim to accelerate the development of recAP into a potential first-in-class treatment for patients.”
15:54 EDTNVSGlaxo CEO defends strategy, warns of risks of chasing higher prices, FT says
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO Andrew Witty defends the company's shift in focus from high-priced prescription drugs to higher volume, but lower priced, products, warning that chasing ever-higher prices risks undermining the industry and may create "its own tension that leads to some kind of change,” reported Financial Times, citing an interview. Witty acknowledges the company's asset swap with Novartis (NVS) opens the door to a potential break up, but argues there are benefits to keeping pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer goods together and there would be “no logic” in a split at this early time after the Novartis deal, the report added. Reference Link
15:19 EDTLLYEli Lilly, BioNTech enter into research collaboration
Eli Lilly and BioNTech announced they have entered into a research collaboration to discover novel cancer immunotherapies. The companies will seek to use the power of the body's own immune system to attack cancer cells and create possible new treatment options for cancer patients. Leveraging the scientific expertise between the two organizations, Lilly and BioNTech will collaborate to identify and validate novel tumor targets and their corresponding T cell receptors in one or more types of cancer. These tumor targets and TCRs may then be engineered and developed into potent and selective cancer therapies. Under the terms of the agreement, BioNTech will receive a $30M signing fee. For each potential medicine, BioNTech could receive over $300M in development, regulatory and commercial milestones. If successfully commercialized, BioNTech would also be eligible for tiered royalty payments up to double-digits. In addition, subject to the terms of the agreement, Lilly will make a $30M equity investment in BioNTech's subsidiary, Cell & Gene Therapies GmbH, which specializes in the research and development of TCR and chimeric antigen receptor immunotherapeutics. Further financial terms were not disclosed.
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