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January 8, 2014
09:06 EDTABBV, SGENSeattle Genetics further expands ADC collaboration with AbbVie
Seattle Genetics (SGEN) announced that it has further expanded its antibody-drug conjugate collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV). Under the expanded deal, AbbVie will pay an upfront fee of $25M for additional rights to utilize Seattle Genetics’ ADC technology with AbbVie antibodies against oncology targets, including access to Seattle Genetics’ pyrrolobenzodiazepine dimer ADC technology and EC-mAb site-specific conjugation technology. In addition, Seattle Genetics could receive up to approximately $255M in potential license fees and milestone payments per target, upon achieving predetermined development and commercial objectives, as well as mid-to-high single-digit royalties on worldwide net sales of any resulting products.
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December 18, 2014
09:03 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics initiates Phase 1b trial of SGN-CD33A
Seattle Genetics announced initiation of a phase 1b clinical trial of SGN-CD33A in combination with standard of care chemotherapy, including cytarabine and daunorubicin, for patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia. The trial will also evaluate SGN-CD33A in the consolidation setting for AML, both in combination with cytarabine and as a single-agent maintenance regimen. SGN-CD33A is a novel antibody-drug conjugate targeted to CD33 utilizing Seattle Genetics’ newest technology. CD33 is expressed on most AML cells regardless of subtype, cytogenetic abnormality or underlying mutational heterogeneity. SGN-CD33A is also under evaluation in an ongoing phase 1 dose escalation trial as a single-agent or in combination with hypomethylating agents for the treatment of patients who have relapsed AML or have declined intensive frontline therapy. The study is a phase 1b, open-label, multi-center, dose-escalation clinical trial designed to evaluate SGN-CD33A administered in combination with frontline standard of care regimens for induction (cytarabine and daunorubicin) and/or consolidation. In addition, the study will evaluate single-agent SGN-CD33A as a maintenance regimen. The primary endpoints are determination of the maximum tolerated dose and safety profile of SGN-CD33A in these settings. In addition, the trial will evaluate anti-leukemic activity, pharmacokinetics, progression-free survival and overall survival. The phase 1b trial will enroll approximately 90 patients at multiple centers in the United States.
December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Aimco (AIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Approach Resources (AREX) downgraded at Sterne Agee... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Harmonic (HLIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Olin Corp. (OLN) downgraded at Longbow... Penn West (PWE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Prudential plc (PUK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
08:34 EDTABBVAbbVie downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:54 EDTABBVGilead shares poised to continue to advance, says RBC Capital
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06:29 EDTABBVShire CEO sees no immediate need to spend break-up fee, Reuters reports
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06:20 EDTABBVAbbVie downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
December 9, 2014
07:44 EDTABBVAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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December 8, 2014
19:42 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics says Adcetris 'demonstrates antitumor activity'
Seattle Genetics highlighted two separate Adcetris data presentations in relapsed/refractory and frontline diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, or DLBCL, at the 56th American Society of Hematology, or ASH, Annual Meeting and Exposition. Adcetris is an antibody-drug conjugate directed to CD30, which is expressed in classical Hodgkin lymphoma, anaplastic large cell lymphoma and several other types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Seattle Genetics CEO Clay Siegall said, “The updated phase 2 data at ASH demonstrate encouraging activity of Adcetris in relapsed/refractory DLBCL, even when CD30 is undetectable by standard immunohistochemistry methods. In addition, our data show that Adcetris can be safely combined with RCHOP in the frontline setting with a strong complete remission rate in high-intermediate and high-risk patients. The activity observed supports our plans to initiate a randomized phase 2 clinical trial of Adcetris for relapsed CD30-positive DLBCL patients during 2015 and to pursue possible frontline DLBCL combination trials."
19:41 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics says planning phase 1b combination trial for SGN-CD33A
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10:04 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics highlights 'encouraging' long-term outcomes in Phase 1 trial
Seattle Genetics highlighted multiple ADCETRIS data presentations in frontline and salvage Hodgkin lymphoma at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition taking place in San Francisco, CA, December 6-9. ADCETRIS is an antibody-drug conjugate directed to CD30, which is expressed in classical HL and systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a type of T-cell lymphoma. Data highlighted in oral sessions include encouraging long-term outcomes from a phase 1 trial evaluating ADCETRIS in combination with AVD chemotherapy in frontline HL, as well as strong activity evaluating ADCETRIS combination therapy in second-line HL and ADCETRIS monotherapy or combination therapy in frontline HL patients age 60 and older. In addition, encouraging data from multiple investigator-sponsored trials were featured in oral and poster sessions evaluating ADCETRIS in frontline and salvage HL and in non-Hodgkin lymphoma settings.
08:33 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Seattle Genetics' shares could be under pressure today due to questions around its AETHERA data and the checkpoint inhibitor efficacy of its ADCETRIS drug. However, the firm says that other issues are more important over the longer term, including the efficacy of ADCs as a cancer treatment, the emergence of other pipeline products and therapeutic approaches, and efficient development pathways to the market. The firm keeps a $48 price target and Outperform rating on Seattle Genetics.
December 7, 2014
13:23 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics, Takeda announce four-year data from ADCETRIS trial
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12:50 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics presents data from SGN-CD19A antibody-drug conjugate
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12:44 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics, Takeda report Phase 3 AETHERA trial data from Adcetris
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December 4, 2014
09:01 EDTABBVVA negotiated $594 per dose price for Gilead HCV treatment
A Veterans Health Administration official told a Senate committee yesterday that Veterans' Affairs has "moved rapidly to deploy new, more effective, less toxic HCV treatments and has been able to negotiate significant discounts for these newer therapies." The agency negotiated a price of $594 per dose for Gilead's (GILD) Hepatitis C virus drug Sofosbuvir, below the commercial price of $1,000 per dose, VHA Chief Consultant for Pharmacy Benefits Management Michael Valentino told the Senate's Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The agency also received a $413 per dose price for Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Simeprevir, below the commerical price of $790. The VA has approximately 174,000 veterans in care with HCV, making it the largest single HCV provider in the U.S., Valentino pointed out. He added, "Like the rest of the country, VA has treated only a portion of Veterans for HCV because treatment and cures have been difficult to achieve due to low efficacy and high toxicity of standard drug therapies." Reference Link
08:45 EDTABBVAbbVie price target raised to $80 from $72 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for AbbVie shares to $80 while calling the company one of its top five global pharma picks for 2015. The firm's top U.S. pick is Pfizer (PFE) and its top Europe pick is Novartis (NVS). Bayer (BAYRY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) round out the top five. Jefferies thinks AbbVie's "strong momentum" will continue into the first half of 2015 and keeps a Buy rating on the name.

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