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June 18, 2014
05:36 EDTPFEPfizer, Cellectis enter global strategic cancer immunotherapy collaboration
Pfizer and Cellectis announced that they have entered into a global strategic collaboration to develop Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell, or CAR-T, immunotherapies in the field of oncology directed at select targets. Cellectis’ CAR-T platform technology provides a proprietary, allogeneic approach to developing CAR-T therapies that is distinct from other autologous approaches. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer has exclusive rights to pursue development and commercialization of CAR-T therapies, in the field of oncology, directed at a total of fifteen targets selected by Pfizer. Both companies will work together on preclinical research and Pfizer will be responsible for the development and potential commercialization of any CAR-T therapies for the Pfizer-selected targets. Cellectis will receive an upfront payment of $80M, as well as funding for research and development costs associated with Pfizer-selected targets and the four Cellectis-selected targets within the collaboration. Cellectis is eligible to receive development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments of up to $185M per Pfizer product. Cellectis is also eligible to receive tiered royalties on net sales of any products that are commercialized by Pfizer. Additionally, Pfizer will be entering into an equity agreement to purchase approximately 10% of the Cellectis capital through newly issued shares at EUR 9.25 per share, pending Cellectis shareholder approval. Approval by two-thirds of the votes cast by voting Cellectis shareholders is required for the issuance. Shareholders of Cellectis representing 52.8% of its voting rights have already undertaken to vote in favor of the issuance. In the event the sale of equity is not approved by the Cellectis shareholders, Pfizer has the option to terminate the collaboration agreement. Cellectis expects to open a site in the U.S. to work more closely with scientists at Pfizer.
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September 23, 2014
06:40 EDTPFEPiper says don't dismiss potential Pfizer bid for Actavis
Piper Jaffray says it would not be dismissive of Pfizer (PFE) as a potential acquirer of Actavis (ACT). Piper believes Pfizer's public M&A comments are supportive of Actavis' exposure to complex generics and emerging markets. The firm views Actavis shares as attractively valued, irrespective of the acquisition chatter. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $280 price target.
September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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10:07 EDTPFEHigh option volume stocks
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September 17, 2014
07:43 EDTPFEBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTPFEOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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07:19 EDTPFECompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
09:25 EDTPFEJPMorgan biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts assess Pfizer's M&A options on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on September 15 at 10 am.
07:27 EDTPFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTPFEPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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September 14, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEPfizer shares look cheap, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTPFEPfizer CEO says company still open to inversion deal, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) CEO Ian Read said U.S. rhetoric against tax inversions has been "political theater" ahead of midterm elections and made clear that his company is still open to a potential tax-saving acquisition, according to Financial Times, which added Read's comment about not being “held hostage” over price would likely be read as a signal the company might look elsewhere after being rebuffed by AstraZeneca (AZN). The Fly notes that Bloomberg previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Pfizer is looking at targets other than AstraZeneca, including Actavis (ACT). Shares of Actavis trading in New York are up 2% this morning. Reference Link

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