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January 29, 2013
06:39 EDTAMGN, GSK, LLY, RHHBY, ACT, BMY, SNY, PFE, TEVA, MRK, JNJ, AZNBiotech companies pushing states to restrict generic drugs, NY Times says
Large biotech companies are lobbying state legislators around the country to pass laws that would limit the use of generic drugs, according to The New York Times. Amgen (AMGN) and Roche's (RHHBY) Genentech are proposing legislation that would restrict pharmacists' ability to substitute generic drugs for brand name products, the newspaper explained. Reference Link
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June 24, 2015
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTPFE, AZN, RHHBY, MRKCAR-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 Bathís 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 doesnít anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
08:04 EDTTEVATeva launches PainMatters.com to support Ďresponsible pain managementí
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07:56 EDTAMGNAmgen management to meet with Evercore ISI
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07:29 EDTBMYFDAnews to hold a summit
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06:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca loses top executive Ward-Lilley to Vectura, Reuters reports
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June 23, 2015
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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14:16 EDTTEVABMO Capital sees strong fundamentals in Perrigo regardless of Mylan deal
Shares of Perrigo (PRGO) are trading higher intraday after BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage of the stock with an Outperform rating. The research firm is bullish on the shares regardless of whether Mylan's bid for the company succeeds, saying Perrigo is well-positioned to ride momentum in reduced-price healthcare. WHAT'S NEW: BMO Capital Markets' David Maris initiated coverage of Perrigo with an Outperform rating and a $246 price target. Maris cited the company's 70%-plus market share in store- and private-label brands, as well as its roughly $1B annual sales in the generics space. The analyst believes Perrigo will see continued benefit from larger trends driving consumer-centric healthcare and the curtailing of medical costs. WHAT'S NOTABLE: BMO Capital Markets noted that two upcoming Tysabri-related events are not accounted for by the Street, giving rise to a "significant" undervaluing of the shares. Mylan (MYL) has submitted multiple unsolicited offers for Perrigo, and while the likelihood of the deal seems low given Perrigo's numerous rejections and Teva's (TEVA) 4.61% blocking stake in Mylan. BMO Capital remarked that a failed deal should see "limited downside" for Perrigo. There could certainly be near-term volatility if a Mylan agreement doesn't materialize, but the analyst was confident in the well-positioned company's ability to deliver on both earnings per share and cash flow. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Perrigo are up nearly 2% in afternoon trading. The company saw a nearly 25% leap following Mylan's initial offer on April 8, though it has since dipped from that high.
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.
08:49 EDTTEVAMylan CFO to meet with Tel Aviv bourse head Wednesday, Reuters says
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07:31 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics announces FDA authorization of clinical trial with AZD2811
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07:25 EDTGSK, PFE, AMGNPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
11:31 EDTLLYActinobac Biomed signs licensing agreemnt with Eli Lilly unit Elanco
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08:52 EDTBMY, PFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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08:39 EDTLLYBernstein pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:01 EDTGSK, PFEPfizer 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 Pfizerís 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. Pfizerís legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
05:35 EDTBMYAllied-Bristol Life Sciences licenses IP from Harvard University
Allied-Bristol Life Sciences, a biopharmaceutical enterprise jointly owned by Allied Minds and Bristol-Myers Squibb, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Harvard University based on research and intellectual property developed in Professor Malcolm Whitmanís lab at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Building on previous studies conducted with Mark Sundrud, PhD, and Anjana Rao, PhD, at Boston Childrenís Hospital, Professor Whitmanís lab, in collaboration with Professor Ralph Mazitschek, PhD, at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has shown that HF works through inhibition of Prolyl-tRNA synthetase, which leads to activation of an amino acid restriction response pathway. Based on this novel and differentiated mechanism, several lead molecules have been identified by the groups at HMS and MGH that have the potential to lead to effective therapy for several conditions including fibrotic and autoimmune diseases. The licensing agreement with Harvardís Office of Technology Development is among the first in a series of discovery and development projects that Allied-Bristol Life Sciences intends to pursue. The license to the technology from Professor Whitmanís lab will be held by a new ABLS subsidiary specifically formed to pursue further research and pre-clinical development of the technology and associated molecules.
June 21, 2015
19:53 EDTTEVAMylan CEO says Teva's 4.61% stake may be 'illegal,' Bloomberg reports
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13:14 EDTMRKMerck shares could return 25%, Barron's says
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