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July 15, 2014
07:35 EDTBMY, MRK, PRGO, LLYPerrigo 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 16, 2014
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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September 15, 2014
13:30 EDTMRKMerck announces data from pivotal Phase 3 study for odanacatib
Merck announced data from the pivotal Phase 3 fracture outcomes study for odanacatib in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Odanacatib is Merck’s investigational once-weekly cathepsin K inhibitor. In the Long-Term Odanacatib Fracture Trial, odanacatib met its primary endpoints and significantly reduced the risk of osteoporotic hip, spine and non-vertebral fractures compared with placebo. The rates of adverse events overall in LOFT were generally balanced between patients taking odanacatib and placebo. Adjudicated events of morphea-like skin lesions and atypical femoral fractures occurred more often in the odanacatib group than in the placebo group. Adjudicated major adverse cardiovascular events were generally balanced overall between the treatment groups. There were numerically more adjudicated stroke events with odanacatib than with placebo.
07:26 EDTLLYPiper Jaffray to hold a conference
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September 12, 2014
08:02 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces Cyramza Phase III cancer trial meets primary endpoint
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08:01 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces Cyramza Phase III cancer trial meets primary endpoint
Eli Lilly announced that the RAISE trial, a Phase III study of ramucirumab in combination with chemotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, met its primary endpoint of overall survival. The global, randomized, double-blind study compared ramucirumab plus FOLFIRI to placebo plus FOLFIRI as a second-line treatment in patients with mCRC after treatment with bevacizumab, oxaliplatin and a fluoropyrimidine in the first-line setting. RAISE showed a statistically significant improvement in overall survival in patients treated with ramucirumab plus FOLFIRI compared to placebo plus FOLFIRI. The study also showed a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival in the ramucirumab-plus-FOLFIRI arm compared to the placebo-plus-FOLFIRI arm.
September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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07:04 EDTLLYEU grants marketing authorization for Eli Lilly's insulin glargine product
The European Commission granted marketing authorization for Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's insulin glargine product, indicated to treat diabetes in adults, adolescents and children aged 2 years and above. Lilly/Boehringer Ingelheim's insulin glargine product is the first insulin treatment approved through the European Medicines Agency's biosimilar pathway and the fourth diabetes product approved in the EU from the Lilly-Boehringer Ingelheim alliance. It received a positive recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use on June 26. The marketing authorisation for the alliance's insulin glargine product is based upon a comprehensive clinical data program. The application included results from pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies, as well as Phase III studies in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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07:15 EDTLLYIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
07:01 EDTLLYIgnyta names Robert Wild as Chief Scientific Officer
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTMRK, BMYMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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11:17 EDTMRK, BMYBristol-Myers files patent infringement suit against Merck
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08:39 EDTMRKMerck Keytruda sales to reach $5B in 2018, says BMO Capital
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September 4, 2014
15:16 EDTMRKMerck receives accelerated approval of Keytruda
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09:02 EDTMRKMerck's relebactam granted QIDP, fast track designations by FDA
Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated relebactam -- previously known as MK-7655 -- the company’s investigational beta-lactamase inhibitor, as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product with designated Fast Track status. The QIDP and Fast Track designations apply to intravenous use of relebactam for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections and hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia/ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia. Relebactam is an investigational, class A and C, beta-lactamase inhibitor that is being evaluated in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. In preclinical studies, relebactam administered in combination with imipenem/cilastatin demonstrated antibacterial activity against a broad range of Gram-negative and beta-lactam-resistant pathogens. Merck plans to initiate Phase 3 studies with relebactam in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in 2015.
08:11 EDTLLYEli Lilly's insulin peglispro for diabetes shows positive Phase III results
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08:02 EDTBMYTeva launches generic Baraclude in U.S.
Teva (TEVA) announces the launch of the generic equivalent to Baraclude tablets in the U.S. Teva was first to file, making the product eligible for 180 days of marketing exclusivity. Baraclude is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY).
07:21 EDTMRKMedidata can obtain major new platform customers, says Stifel
Noting that Medidata (MDSO) partners with Veeva, Stifel believes that a number of Veeva (VEEV) customers could become Medidata platform customers, especially if they already use Medidata for R&D and clinical trial solutions. The firm identifies Merck (MRK), Gilead (GILD), and Teva (TEVA) as companies that may become platform clients for Medidata. Stifel keeps a $55 price target and Buy rating on Medidata.
September 3, 2014
17:25 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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