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July 15, 2014
07:35 EDTPRGO, BMY, LLY, MRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
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September 22, 2014
07:21 EDTBMY, LLYEBD Group to hold a conference
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06:51 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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September 18, 2014
15:57 EDTLLYFDA approves Trulicity with boxed warning, post-marketing study requirements
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15:55 EDTLLYFDA approves Eli Lilly type 2 diabetes drug
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11:15 EDTLLYRepros sinks after panel backs tests for testosterone therapies
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08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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08:12 EDTLLYEli Lilly's Cyramza for gastric cancer shows positive Phase 3 results
Eli Lilly announced results of the global Phase III trial of ramucirumab - CYRAMZA - in combination with paclitaxel in patients with advanced gastric cancer or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. The addition of ramucirumab to paclitaxel showed a statistically significant improvement in median overall survival, meeting its primary endpoint; it also met secondary endpoints of progression-free survival and objective response rate. Data from the trial were first presented in January. Ramucirumab has now been the focus of two positive Phase III gastric cancer trials that have demonstrated statistically significant improvements in both overall survival and progression-free survival.
08:01 EDTLLYDow AgroSciences announces R&D agreement with Lilly's Elanco
Two Indiana agricultural companies, Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW), are announcing a strategic research and development agreement that will focus on developing integrated solutions to enable livestock producers to increase meat and milk production to meet the demands of the growing global population.
06:10 EDTLLYFDA panel votes 20-1 to study changes to testosterone therapies
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September 17, 2014
09:33 EDTMRKMerck announced positive results from Phase 3 data for omarigliptin
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck, Sun Pharma enter into licensing agreement for Tildrakizumab
Merck and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, through their respective subsidiaries,announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for Merck’s investigational therapeutic antibody candidate, tildrakizumab, which is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 registration trials for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis, a skin ailment. Under terms of the agreement, Sun Pharma will acquire worldwide rights to tildrakizumab for use in all human indications from Merck in exchange for an upfront payment of $80M. Merck will continue all clinical development and regulatory activities, which will be funded by Sun Pharma. Upon product approval, Sun Pharma will be responsible for regulatory activities, including subsequent submissions, pharmacovigilance, post approval studies, manufacturing and commercialization of the approved product. Merck is eligible to receive undisclosed payments associated with regulatory and sales milestones, as well as tiered royalties ranging from mid-single digit through teen percentage rates on sales. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the requirements under the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
07:43 EDTBMYBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:39 EDTLLYMorningstar to hold a conference
Management Behind the Moat Conference to be held in Chicago on September 17-18.
September 16, 2014
12:35 EDTLLYDenovo Biopharma acquires late-stage oncology drug enzastaurin from Eli Lilly
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07:31 EDTLLY, MRKEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:30 EDTPRGOCRT Capital to hold a conference
2nd Annual Investor Conference to be held in Greenwich, CT on September 16.
07:25 EDTMRKMerck price target raised to $72 from $62 at SunTrust
After meeting with Merck's CEO and head of clinical development, SunTrust increased its price target on the company as the firm thinks that it is ideally positioned across five of the fastest growing therapeutic classes. The firm believes that the company's EPS growth rates from 2015-2020 will be three percentage points above Street estimates, while it has a first-mover advantage in oncology. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:02 EDTLLYEli Lilly and AstraZeneca to co-develop and commercialize AZD3293
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06:27 EDTLLYAstraZeneca, Eli Lilly to jointly develop, commercialize AZD3293
AstraZeneca (AZN) and Eli Lilly (LLY) announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. AZD3293 has been shown in Phase I studies to significantly and dose-dependently reduce levels of amyloid beta in the cerebro-spinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients and healthy volunteers. AstraZeneca announced earlier in 2014 its plan to move AZD3293 into registration trials. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500M in development and regulatory milestone payments. AstraZeneca expects to receive the first milestone payment of $50M in the 1H15. The companies will share all future costs equally for the development and commercialization of AZD3293, as well as net global revenues post-launch. AstraZeneca and Lilly aim to progress AZD3293 rapidly into a Phase II/III clinical trial in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. Lilly will lead clinical development, working with researchers from AstraZeneca's Innovative Medicines Unit for neuroscience, while AstraZeneca will be responsible for manufacturing. The companies will take joint responsibility for commercialization of AZD3293. The agreement is subject to customary terms and conditions. It will have no impact on AstraZeneca's 2014 Core Earnings per Share.
06:00 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces Health Canada approval of Yervoy
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