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January 30, 2013
16:03 EDTSCLN, SNYSciClone announces product promotion agreement renewal with Sanofi in China
SciClone (SCLN) announced that it has successfully negotiated renewals of its exclusive product promotion agreement with Sanofi (SNY) for the China market. Under the terms of the Sanofi agreement, SciClone, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Novamed Pharmaceuticals, exclusively promotes four key products: the anti-epileptic Depakine; the hypnotic Stilnox; the ACE inhibitor Tritace and Xatral, an alpha-1 adrenergic blocker used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Depakine revenues rank second among SciClone's revenue-generating products and during the last three years under the promotional agreement, sales have increased significantly on an annual compounded basis. As the set of current agreements will expire between the end of 2012 and June 30, Sanofi and Novamed have decided to group the products and renew their agreement till December 31, which may be further extended should both parties find agreement under the terms of the contract extension.
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February 4, 2016
18:09 EDTSCLNSciClone to consider strategic alternatives, pay $12.8M in SEC settlement
SciClone Pharmaceuticals announced it has entered into a settlement agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission fully resolving the SEC's investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, SciClone has agreed to pay a total of $12.8M, including disgorgement, pre-judgment interest and a penalty. The payment is "in line" with the charges the company previously recorded and disclosed in August, SciClone noted. In addition, the company announced that its board of directors has initiated a process to identify, examine and consider a range of strategic alternatives available to SciClone with a view to enhancing stockholder value. SciClone has engaged Lazard as its financial advisor to assist the board in evaluating strategic alternatives.
February 2, 2016
11:09 EDTSNYSanofi plans to cut 600 jobs in France over three years, Bloomberg reports
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07:24 EDTSNYSanofi, Merck mulling exiting vaccine JV, Bloomberg reports
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05:19 EDTSNYSanofi Pasteur launches R&D project targeting prevention of Zika virus infection
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January 29, 2016
13:38 EDTSNYAmgen wins right to allege willful infringement in Praluent suit, Markman says
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January 26, 2016
15:31 EDTSNYMannKind exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
MannKind (MNKD), whose shares have plunged 40% since Sanofi (SNY) terminated an agreement for the development and commercialization of inhaled insulin drug Afrezza, is now exploring its strategic options, including a potential sale, reported Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. MannKind shares are up about 20% to 90c in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
January 25, 2016
10:55 EDTSNYRegeneron slips after analyst says sell to avoid risk from Amgen patent suit
Shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) fell in morning trading after an analyst at Chardan downgraded the stock to Sell, citing risk from a patent lawsuit in which the biopharmaceutical company is involved. CHARDAN SAYS SELL: Chardan Capital Markets analyst Gbola Amusa downgraded Regeneron to Sell from Neutral this morning, while reducing his price target on shares to $400 from $525. In a note to clients, Amusa said he believes that Regeneron is likely to face significant risks from the upcoming patent infringement case for Praluent. The suit could be a key driver of the company's share price performance in the near future, the analyst said. Regeneron, along with its partner Sanofi (SNY), launched Praluent in the U.S. last year, after the October 2014 filing of a patent infringement suit by Amgen (AMGN) relating to patents for "monoclonal antibodies that bind PCSK9," Amusa noted. The analyst believes that since Regeneron and Sanofi "likely" infringe Amgen's patents for Repatha, the Regeneron-Sanofi partnership could seek to settle the ahead of the trial by agreeing to pay 10%-20% or more of royalties to Amgen for U.S. Praluent sales. Amusa said that "such an outcome we estimate could transfer roughly $750M of operating income per year to Amgen." Further, Amusa said that catalysts surrounding the patent infringement trial are "likely to play out from late February to late March," and concedes that "both sides have good reasons to settle this case for a reasonable royalty." INCREASING COMPETITION: Amusa also noted that he sees increasing competitive risks in 2016 to Regeneron's Eylea from Novartis (NVS) and its partner Ophthotech (OPHT), which continue to progress Fovista into Phase III trials in wet AMD. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Roth Capital upgraded Regeneron to Buy from Neutral on January 19, based on valuation, as the firm said shares do not reflect the value of the company's upcoming catalysts. The firm also raised its price target to $555 from $543. The same day, Credit Suisse initiated Regeneron with a Neutral rating and $552 target. PRICE TARGET: Regeneron slipped 1.4% to $476.02 in morning trading.

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