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March 21, 2014
14:47 EDTNVS, RHHBYGenentech announces FDA approval of Xolair for chronic idiopathic urticaria
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (RHHBY), announced that the FDA approved Xolair for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria, a form of chronic hives. The drug was jointly developed by Genentech and Novartis (NVS) and is co-promoted in the U.S. with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
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July 28, 2015
07:08 EDTRHHBYRoche introduced several diagnostic testing platforms at the AACC 2015
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July 24, 2015
10:56 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo
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09:02 EDTNVSLigand says Revolade recommended by CHMP for EU approval for SAA
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07:17 EDTNVSNovartis combination therapy Tafinlar, Mekinist achieves regulatory milestones
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July 23, 2015
06:27 EDTRHHBYRoche CEO expects biosimilars in Europe by late 2017, Reuters reports
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05:46 EDTRHHBYRoche expects FY15 sales to grow low- mid-single digits
Expects FY15 core EPS to grow ahead of sales at constant exchange rates. Roche expects to further increase dividend in Swiss francs.
05:45 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 1H15 core EPS CHF 7.22 vs. 7.57 last year
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July 22, 2015
07:03 EDTNVSIgnyta names Bernard Parker as Chief Commercial Officer
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July 21, 2015
11:49 EDTNVSNovartis may sell Amgen's cancer drug as soon as September, Bloomberg says
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07:05 EDTRHHBYOphthotech names Shima as Chief Scientific Officer, Bjarke as CCO
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05:20 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of up mid-single digit
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 core EPS $1.27, consensus $1.24
Reports Q2 revenue $12.7B, consensus $12.44B. Further strengthening of USD impacted sales by -11% and core operating income by -13%. Growth Products, an indicator of the rejuvenation of the portfolio, contributed 35% of continuing operations net sales in Q2, and were up 24%. In Pharmaceuticals, Growth Products contributed 44% of division net sales in the quarter, and sales for these products were up 38%.
July 20, 2015
08:25 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:33 EDTRHHBYInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:32 EDTNVSAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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05:13 EDTRHHBYRoche expands HIV Global Access Program
Roche announced an expansion to the HIV Global Access Program to include early infant HIV diagnostic testing for low and middle income countries. Roche, in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, or CHAI, UNITAID, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, is committed to working with the Diagnostics Access Initiative by providing state-of-the-art solutions to achieve the 90-90-90 goal set forth by UNAIDS. Announced in 2014, the HIV Global Access Program is Roche's most recent addition to the AmpliCare Initiative, which launched in 2002 in South Africa.
July 15, 2015
07:58 EDTNVSAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
July 14, 2015
06:04 EDTRHHBYRoche says atezolizumab met primary endpoint in IMvigor 210 trial
Roche announced that in the IMvigor 210 study, the investigational cancer immunotherapy atezolizumab shrank tumors -- objective response rate, ORR, the primary end point of this Phase II study -- in people with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial bladder cancer who had progressed on initial treatment. High amounts of PD-L1 expression by a person’s cancer correlated with increased response to the medicine. Adverse events were consistent with what has been previously observed for atezolizumab. Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development, said, “We plan to present results at an upcoming medical meeting and will discuss next steps with health authorities to bring a new treatment option to patients as soon as possible.” Last year, the U.S. FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for atezolizumab in people whose metastatic bladder cancer expressed PD-L1. This designation is designed to expedite the development and review of medicines intended to treat serious diseases. In addition to the IMvigor 210 study, Roche has an ongoing randomised Phase III study, IMvigor 211, comparing atezolizumab with standard-of-care chemotherapy in people who have relapsed UBC, and a planned Phase III study, IMvigor 010, that will evaluate atezolizumab compared with observation in people with early-stage muscle-invasive bladder cancer who are selected for PD-L1 expression and are at risk for recurrence.

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