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August 7, 2014
14:05 EDTRHHBY, PTCTPTC Therapeutics reports publication of preclinical study results in SMA models
PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) announced that he journal Science published results of a preclinical study demonstrating that treatment with orally available RNA splicing modifiers of the SMN2 gene starting early after birth is preventing deficits in mouse models of Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA. Stuart Peltz, CEO of PTC Therapeutics, said, "Using the experience and expertise in RNA biology we have gained at PTC over the last 16 years, we used our alternative splicing technology to identify and subsequently optimize investigational compounds that target the SMN2 splicing to produce the SMN protein. Our unique partnership with Roche and the SMA Foundation has allowed this project to rapidly move into clinical development." Luca Santarelli, Head of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Rare Diseases at Roche (RHHBY), said, "Although still preclinical, these results demonstrate how SMN2 splicing modifiers could correct the molecular deficit that causes SMA. This study represents an important step towards developing a potential therapeutic option for this devastating and currently untreatable condition. Early clinical trials are currently underway to determine the safety and tolerability of this approach."
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February 27, 2015
08:04 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics reports Q4 EPS (84c), consensus (82c)
Reports Q4 revenue $12.66M, consensus $9.24M
February 26, 2015
09:36 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics price target raised to $135 from $60 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer more than doubled its price target for PTC Therapeutics shares to $135 on expectations for successful Phase III data in October and subsequent FDA approval of Translarna in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Ocpo views the Phase III data readout and approval as fundamental value drivers for the company in the next 12-months, irrespective of the recent takeout speculation. Shares of PTC are trading down 26c to $73.33 in early trading.
February 25, 2015
11:55 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics purchase would be risky buy, TheStreet says
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07:18 EDTRHHBYG Corp to hold annual meeting
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06:14 EDTPTCT, RHHBYPTC Therapeutics takeout price likely tops $100/share, said Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse yesterday raised its price target for PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) shares to $100 from $66 after Reuters reported the drug market is starting a sale process with Shire (SHPG) and Biomarin (BMRN) as possible suitors. The firm believes a takeout is a likely outcome before or after data the Phase III data expected to be announced in October. PTC has Translarna Phase III trials ongoing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis to support full approval in the U.S. Credit Suisse said yesterday in a note to investors that a takeout value for the company likely exceeds $100 per share. It believes PTC would be a good fit for Vertex (VRTX), Biogen (BIIB), Roche (RHHBY) and others. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PTC Therapeutics shares closed yesterday up $6.20 to $71.16.
February 24, 2015
09:06 EDTRHHBYRoche receives orphan status for treatment of pemphigus vulgaris
The FDA granted Roche's Genentech unit orphan status for rituximab, its treatment of pemphigus vulgaris.
07:05 EDTRHHBYRoche and BioMed X enter collaboration agreement to develop sensor technology
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February 23, 2015
16:27 EDTPTCTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:30 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics call active after report on exploring options
PTC Therapeutics March 60 and 70 calls are active on total call volume of 230 contracts (25 puts) on exploring sale amid interest from large peers, Reuters says. March call option implied volatility is at 99, April is at 78, June is at 67; compared to its 14-week average of 68 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
12:29 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
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12:02 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics jumps 14% after Reuters report on exploring options
12:01 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics exploring sale amid interest from large peers, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTRHHBYFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTRHHBYDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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07:23 EDTRHHBYAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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February 19, 2015
18:25 EDTRHHBYPiper Jaffray biotech analyst to hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTRHHBYLeerink's life science tools analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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06:45 EDTRHHBYStudy shows Roche's treatments equal to Eylea in most cases, NY Times says
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05:31 EDTRHHBYExelixis announces acceptance of NDA for Genentech cobimetinib
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05:26 EDTRHHBYFDA grants Genentech cobimetinib priority review for combination use
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