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July 8, 2014
13:46 EDTLLY, SNYSanofi files patent infringement suit against Eli Lilly, Reuters says
Sanofi (SNY), whose top-selling Lantus drug aids diabetics, filed a lawsuit which claimed Eli Lilly (LLY) infringed upon seven patents related to insulin and devices used to deliver it, according to Reuters, citing comments from an Eli Lilly spokeswoman. Sanofi is looking to stop U.S. proposed commercial marketing of Eli Lilly's treatment Abasria saying the sale would violate the French company's rights. Reference Link
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November 21, 2014
07:16 EDTSNYGenzyme says EU's CHMP adopts positive opinion for Cerdelga capsules
Genzyme, a Sanofi company, announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of Cerdelga capsules, an oral treatment for certain adults living with Gaucher disease type 1. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on granting marketing authorization for Cerdelga in the EU in the coming months. Cerdelga was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August, and is under review by other regulatory authorities around the world. The CHMP opinion was based on data from the Cerdelga clinical development program, which is the largest ever conducted in Gaucher disease, with approximately 400 patients treated in 29 countries. Genzyme has been researching an oral therapy for Gaucher disease for fifteen years.
05:39 EDTSNYMannKind, Sanofi on track to launch Afrezza in Q1, says Piper Jaffray
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November 20, 2014
06:09 EDTSNYSanofi says has potential to launch up to six new drugs in 2015
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05:22 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi receive FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation in AD
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November 19, 2014
08:17 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi report new data from six alirocumab trials
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07:52 EDTSNYInforma Business Information to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTSNYSanofi drawing up list of CEO candidates to repalce Viehbacher, Reuters reports
Sanofi's (SNY) board is in the process of drawing up a short list of CEO candidates to replace Chris Viehbacher, sources tell Reuters. Jean-Rene Fourtou, a Sanofi director and the honorary chairman of media group Vivendi (VIVHY), has been selected to lead the appointments and governance committee that will select the next CEO. Smith & Nephew (SNN) CEO Olivier Bohuon, AstraZeneca (AZN) CEO Pascal Soriot and former Wyeth CEO Bernard Poussot have been rumored to be potential contenders for the CEO position. Reference Link
November 18, 2014
15:48 EDTSNYGenzyme, Isis present KYNAMRO data at AHA meeting
Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, and Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) announced that new two-year data from a phase 3 long-term extension study of KYNAMRO injection was presented at a scientific session at the annual American Heart Association meeting. In the study, a retrospective analysis showed that patients treated with KYNAMRO for a mean of two years had a significant reduction in Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events compared to two years prior to therapy. The rate of MACE in patients treated with KYNAMRO for two years were adjudicated by an independent committee and compared to the rate of MACE in the same patients based on their medical history prior to treatment with KYNAMRO. In this analysis, MACE were identified in 62% of patients during two years prior to KYNAMRO treatment, and 9% of patients during a mean of 24.4 months after initiation of treatment with KYNAMRO.
12:16 EDTSNYSanofi to host seminar on New Medicines
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November 17, 2014
16:04 EDTLLYEli Lilly says empagliflozin tablets reduced A1C, body weight and abdominal fat
Empagliflozin tablets reduced hemoglobin A1C (a measure of average blood sugar over the past two to three months), body weight and several markers of abdominal fat in adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a new retrospective analysis of clinical trial data presented on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company at the 2014 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in Chicago. Abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat, sits on or near vital organs. The study presented at AHA included analyses of two sets of adults with T2D treated with either empagliflozin or placebo. The first group consisted of 823 adults with high blood pressure who were treated for 12 weeks, while the second examined a pool of 2,476 adults from four different trials who were treated for 24 weeks. These randomized studies compared empagliflozin with placebo as an add-on to existing therapy, including metformin, metformin plus sulfonylurea, or pioglitazone with or without metformin. In both groups, treatment with empagliflozin significantly reduced A1C, body weight and several markers of abdominal fat compared with placebo. Changes in estimated total body fat did not reach statistical significance.
11:06 EDTLLYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:16 EDTSNYMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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November 16, 2014
14:44 EDTSNYRegulus, Sanofi present new data enhancing the preclinical profile of RG-012
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12:56 EDTSNYGenzyme’s Lemtrada approved by the FDA
Genzyme, a Sanofi company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Lemtrada, alemtuzumab, for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Because of its safety profile, the use of Lemtrada should generally be reserved for patients who have had an inadequate response to two or more drugs indicated for the treatment of MS. “Today’s approval is the culmination of more than a decade of work by Genzyme to develop Lemtrada,” said Genzyme President and CEO, David Meeker. “Lemtrada demonstrated superior efficacy over Rebif on annualized relapse rates in the two studies which were the basis for approval. A comprehensive risk evaluation and mitigation strategy will be instituted in order to help detect and manage the serious risks identified with treatment.” The FDA approval of Lemtrada is based on two pivotal randomized Phase III open-label rater-blinded studies comparing treatment with Lemtrada to Rebif in patients with relapsing remitting MS who were either new to treatment or who had relapsed while on prior therapy . In CARE-MS I, Lemtrada was significantly more effective than interferon beta-1a at reducing annualized relapse rates; the difference observed in slowing disability progression did not reach statistical significance. In CARE-MS II, Lemtrada was significantly more effective than interferon beta-1a at reducing annualized relapse rates, and accumulation of disability was significantly slowed in patients given Lemtrada vs. interferon beta-1a. The clinical development program for Lemtrada involved nearly 1,500 patients with more than 6,400 patient-years of safety follow-up. “The unmet need in MS remains high,” said Edward Fox, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic of Central Texas. “It is a great day for people living with relapsing forms of MS in the United States, who will now have access to this new meaningful treatment”.
November 14, 2014
14:53 EDTLLY, SNYCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
November 13, 2014
13:32 EDTLLYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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13:29 EDTLLYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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13:26 EDTLLYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analysts provide a preview of items being discussed at the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting of ASH including Leukemia/MDS on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 20 at 10 am.
07:40 EDTSNYSanofi investor meeting timing tough in light of CEO ouster, Reuters says
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November 12, 2014
08:13 EDTSNYBoston Biotech to hold a conference
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