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April 2, 2014
11:55 EDTQURE, BAX, PFE, SGMO, BMRN, NVO, BIIBUniqure rises after Baxter acquires Chatham Therapeutics
U.S.-listed shares of Netherlands-based pharmaceutical company Uniqure (QURE) are rising after Baxter International (BAX) acquired Chatham Therapeutics, which is developing gene therapy treatments intended for patients with hemophilia. WHAT'S NEW: Baxter agreed to acquire all of Chathamís outstanding membership interests and as a result will acquire Chathamís developmental gene therapy programs directed toward the development and commercialization of treatments for hemophilia. Under the terms of the agreement, Baxter will make an initial payment of $70M to acquire all of the outstanding membership interests of Chatham and may make additional payments in the future. Baxter will continue the ongoing Phase I/II open-label clinical trial to assess the safety and optimal dosing schedule of hemophilia treatment BAX 335. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Piper Jaffray said the Baxter acquisition has a positive read-through for Uniqure. The deal validates other hemophilia gene therapy programs in development, most notably Uniqure's, according to the firm. Analyst Joshua Schimmer wrote that there are other gene therapy programs for hemophilia in development beside Uniqure's and Baxter's, but he believes Uniqure has an advantage since it will be important to be among the first to market. The analyst also said that the market is large enough to accommodate more than one gene therapy option. Piper reiterated its Overweight rating and $35 price target on Uniqure. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies noted by Piper as currently offering hemophilia treatments or working on hemophilia therapies include Pfizer (PFE), Novo Nordisk (NVO), Biogen (BIIB), Sangamo (SGMO) and BioMarin (BMRN). PRICE ACTION: During late morning trading, shares of Uniqure rose 77c or 4.92% to $16.43, while Baxter slid 33c, or 0.45%, to $73.34.
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October 22, 2014
09:12 EDTBIIBBiogen down 6% after Q3 report, disclosure of patient death
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07:35 EDTNVOCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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07:08 EDTBIIBBiogen reports Q3 TECFIDERA revenues $787M
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07:03 EDTBIIBBiogen raises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $13.45-$13.55, consensus $13.10
Still sees revenue growth 38%-41% vs. 2013, consensus $9.69B. $&D expense is expected to be approximately 20% to 21% of total revenue.
07:02 EDTBIIBBiogen reports Q3 adjusted EPS $3.80, consensus $3.46
Reports Q3 revenue $2.51B, consensus $2.48B.
October 21, 2014
15:35 EDTBIIBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:48 EDTBMRNShire could target BioMarin, TheStreet's Feuerstein says
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07:15 EDTPFEFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:06 EDTPFEFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:54 EDTBIIBBiogen October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:29 EDTBAXBaxter management to meet with Leerink
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October 20, 2014
09:04 EDTBAXBaxter, Halozyme launch HYQVIA in U.S.
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07:47 EDTPFEPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:32 EDTBIIBCubist names Perez CEO to succeed Bonney
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07:15 EDTPFEAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to hold annual meeting
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07:12 EDTPFECongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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07:11 EDTPFEAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
07:10 EDTPFE, BMRNAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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October 17, 2014
16:41 EDTPFEPfizer confirms FDA labeling approval for EMBEDA capsules
Pfizer announced that the FDA has approved an updated label for EMBEDA extended-release capsules, for oral use to include abuse-deterrence studies. The updated label states that EMBEDA has properties that are expected to reduce abuse via the oral and intranasal routes when crushed. However, abuse of EMBEDA by these routes is still possible. The updated label also includes data from a human abuse potential study of intravenous, or IV, morphine and naltrexone to simulate crushed EMBEDA. However, it is unknown whether the results with simulated crushed EMBEDA predict a reduction in abuse by the IV route until additional postmarketing data are available. EMBEDA is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Pfizer expects EMBEDA will be available in the U.S. in early 2015.
16:30 EDTPFEFDA approves new labeling from Embeda extended-release capsules
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