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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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July 2, 2015
18:37 EDTPFEViiV, Desano enter strategic manufacturing agreement for Tivicay
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16:37 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance for review of NDA for Xeljanz
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09:31 EDTPFEXRpro Sciences acquires assets related to ion channel platform from Pfizer
XRpro Sciences announced its acquisition of assets related to the ion channel biology platform from Pfizer that had previously been obtained as part of Pfizer's 2011 acquisition of Icagen. XRPro Sciences also acquired all of Pfizer's rights to the "Icagen" name and trademark. XRPro Sciences is re-launching the Icagen brand and will provide comprehensive services for ion channel and transporter drug discovery, combining Icagen's industry-leading scientific expertise and extensive portfolio of assays and cell lines with XRpro Sciences' proprietary, label-free X-ray fluorescence technology. The new Icagen will continue to operate out of the existing facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina in addition to the current XRpro Sciences Inc. site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pfizer scientists associated with the ion channel biology platform will transition to the new Icagen, ensuring continuity of their extensive scientific expertise.
July 1, 2015
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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June 24, 2015
13:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CDC committee votes to recommend MenB vaccine
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers. It added, "Specifically, the ACIP voted that a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. The preferred age for MenB vaccination is 16 through 18 years of age." Pfizer's Trumenba is FDA-approved for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. The ACIP recommendation will be forwarded to the director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval, Pfizer said.
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTPFECAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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14:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces enrollment of first patient in RESET study
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09:53 EDTPFEPfizer management to meet with FBN Securities
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBN Securities.
07:25 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
08:52 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.

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