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June 18, 2014
10:17 EDTSHPG, AGN, VRX, BMY, ABBV, GILD, BIIB, AMGNShire rises after analyst predicts Allergan takeover
Shares of Irish drug maker Shire (SHPG) are climbing after an analyst at SunTrust predicted that Allergan (AGN) would soon look to buy the Irish company. WHAT'S NEW: A bid for Shire by Allergan is imminent, wrote SunTrust analyst John Boris in a note to investors earlier today. An acquisition of Shire would be more advantageous for Allergan shareholders than the proposed hostile takeover of the company by Valeant (VRX), Boris contended. An acquisition of Shire would boost Allergan's stock more than a Valeant deal, and would enable Allergan's shareholders to avoid the risk of holding Valeant's stock, the analyst stated. Following an acquisition of Shire by Allergan, the combined company would have sustainable, transparent revenue growth of about 10%, a diversified sales mix, high value research and development programs and a tax inversion, the analyst believes. Additionally, the transaction would boost Allergan's profit by 50% in its first year and would enable its profit growth to accelerate significantly, according to Boris. He kept a $200 price target and Buy rating on Shire shares. ALSO TODAY: Valeant announced that it has commenced an exchange offer for Allergan, taking its buyout proposal directly to stockholders. Under the terms of the offer, Allergan stockholders would be able to elect to exchange each of their Allergan shares for $72.00 in cash and 0.83 Valeant common shares, or an amount of cash, or a number of Valeant common shares, in each case subject to proration. The offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 16, Reuters reported that Shire had hired Citigroup (C) as an adviser to prepare for takeover bids. Bankers believe that Shire could be an attractive takeover target for Bristol Myers (BMY), Abbvie (ABBV), Gilead (GILD), Biogen (BIIB) or Amgen (AMGN), the news service reported. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Shire is up 4%, or $6.61, to $193.77 while Allergan is up 1%, or $1.27, to $161.80. Valeant is little changed at $118.90.
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September 11, 2014
11:08 EDTAGNAllergan shareholders owning 35% to ask for meeting, Reuters says
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09:52 EDTVRX, AGNValeant to submit consent from 35% of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
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07:31 EDTBIIBBiogen announces 5-year results from TECFIDERA ENDORSE Phase 3 study
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07:31 EDTBIIBBiogen announces new data from Plegridy Phase 3 ADVANCE trial
Biogen Idec announced new data from the second year of its Phase 3 ADVANCE clinical trial that show the positive treatment effects of PLEGRIDY were maintained in people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis beyond the first year of the study. These results were presented at the sixth Triennial Joint Meeting of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis and the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis in Boston. Post-hoc analyses from the two-year, Phase 3 ADVANCE clinical trial confirm that PLEGRIDY’s positive effects on reducing disease activity and disability progression were maintained in year two of the study. A significantly higher proportion of patients taking PLEGRIDY during both years of the study experienced no evidence of disease activity – defined as the absence of clinical and MRI disease activity over two years of treatment – compared to those who switched to PLEGRIDY from placebo. Also, those treated with PLEGRIDY for both years of the study had significant reductions in the risk of 24-week confirmed disability progression compared to patients treated with placebo during the first year. In addition, new data from the second year of ADVANCE show that patients who took PLEGRIDY throughout the study experienced statistically significant improvements in clinical and MRI outcomes – including annualized relapse rate, risk of relapse, risk of 24-week confirmed disability progression, and number of brain lesions – when compared to those who switched to PLEGRIDY after taking placebo for the first year. This new data also showed that the safety profile of PLEGRIDY was consistent between years one and two of the study.
05:34 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Humira Phase 3 trial meets primary endpoint
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September 10, 2014
10:24 EDTABBVEnanta announces AbbVie initiated Phase 2b trial with ABT-493
Enanta (ENTA) announced that AbbVie (ABBV) initiated a phase 2b clinical study with ABT-493, Enanta’s next-generation protease inhibitor. ABT-493 is the second clinical-stage protease inhibitor candidate developed within the Enanta-AbbVie collaboration. The phase 2b study being conducted by AbbVie will evaluate the safety and efficacy of ABT-493 co-administered with ABT-530 in HCV patients. AbbVie has informed Enanta that results from this trial are expected in 2015 and AbbVie plans to start phase 3 development of the combination next year.
08:37 EDTSHPGMedgenics appoints Scott Applebaum as Chief Legal Officer
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07:06 EDTSHPGSangamo plans to submit IND application for hemophilia B in 2Q15
Sangamo BioSciences (SGMO) plans to submit an Investigational New Drug application for the treatment of hemophilia B in Q2 2015. This program, partnered with Shire (SHPG), is the first therapeutic application of Sangamo's zinc finger nuclease-mediated In Vivo Protein Replacement Platform. Sangamo is developing the IVPRP as a generally applicable strategy to provide a one-time, permanent genetic cure for monogenic diseases that are currently managed by protein replacement therapy, which involves costly repeat infusions over the lifetime of the patient.
September 9, 2014
16:04 EDTAGNPershing Square reports 9.7% stake in Allergan, sends letter to board
Pershing Square Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Allergan that highlights several reasons why Allergan is extremely shareholder unfriendly and why now is the time for Allergan's management team to wake up. In the letter, Pershing Square said: "Since the bid was announced in April, 75% of Allergan’s shareholders have sold all or a portion of their investment including the company’s largest shareholder, which has sold its entire position. These shareholders are sending the board a message. They would not have sold if they believed that Allergan stock was worth more than current values... We note CFO Jeff Edwards recent decision to retire from the company at age 53 for family reasons, and his replacement by an investor relations executive rather than an experienced public company CFO. The notion that Allergan should execute the largest acquisition in its history led by an investor relations executive is a frightening proposition. While we respect an executive’s need to retire from a company for family reasons, Edwards exit also calls into question the company’s forward earnings guidance which shareholders expected him to execute on when the Company presented these projections on July 21st. I had expected that at some point one or more directors would have woken up and smelled the coffee. There is still time for a subset of directors to rescue their reputations by taking over leadership of this process from David Pyott and his handpicked advisors and doing what you are paid $400,000 per year to do on behalf of the company’s owners."
09:34 EDTGILDGilead recently started cutting Sovaldi pricing by 8%, says Cleveland Research
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06:42 EDTAGN, VRXLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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September 8, 2014
17:01 EDTVRXValeant to expand Bausch + Lomb facility, will add 120 new jobs
Valeant Pharmaceuticals announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. The ceremony recognized the expansion and installation of the new manufacturing lines, which will produce the company's silicone hydrogel contact lens, Bausch + Lomb ULTRA. The solar array, which is currently under construction, will generate and supply electricity through the installation of 3,667 solar panels, helping to reduce the Rochester facility's carbon footprint by 800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
12:40 EDTABBVFTC sues AbbVie over blocking of AndroGel generics
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal district court charging several pharmaceutical companies with "illegally blocking American consumers’ access to lower-cost versions of the blockbuster drug AndroGel." The FTC's complaint alleges that AbbVie (ABBV) and its partner Besins Healthcare filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against potential generic competitors to delay the introduction of lower-priced versions of the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel. While the lawsuits were pending, AbbVie then entered into an anticompetitive pay-for-delay settlement agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) to further delay generic drug competition, the FTC claims. Reference Link
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09:27 EDTBIIBLeerink biotech analyst holds a luncheon meeting with a conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz provides an update on key trends and controversies for marketed MS therapies and discusses new data presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS at a Luncheon Meeting with an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held in Boston on September 11 at 12:15 pm.
08:48 EDTGILDGilead announces AMBITION study results in collaboration with Glaxo
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07:21 EDTAGNJazz looks more attractive for Allergan than Salix, says Wells Fargo
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07:15 EDTABBV, BIIB, AMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
06:49 EDTAMGNAmgen shares to trend higher, price target to $150 at RBC Capital
RBC expects shares of Amgen to trend higher due to evolving sentiment around the 2015 pipeline and low multiple. Some investors want a break-up of the company to increase shareholder value but the analyst does not expect it to occur given the concentrated portfolio, tax reasons, and a commercial infrastructure that can not be split off. Shares are Outperform rated with a $150 price target, raised from $135.
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