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April 25, 2014
11:02 EDTSNY, MRKEMA backs new indication for Sanofi's Gardasil, Merck's Silgard
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion recommending a variation to the terms of the marketing authorization for Sanofi's (SNY) medicinal product Gardasil. The CHMP adopted a new indication of: "Gardasil is a vaccine for use from the age of 9 years for the prevention of: premalignant genital lesions, premalignant anal lesions, cervical cancers and anal cancers causally related to certain oncogenic Human Papillomavirus types and genital wartscausally related to specific HPV types." The CHMP also adopted a positive opinion recommending a variation to the terms of the marketing authorization for Merck Sharp & Dohme's (MRK) Silgard. The CHMP adopted a new indication of: "Silgard is a vaccine for use from the age of 9 years for the prevention of premalignant genital lesions, premalignant anal lesions, cervical cancers and anal cancers causally related to certain oncogenic Human Papillomavirus types and genital warts causally related to specific HPV types."
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October 1, 2014
11:34 EDTMRKMerck completes sale of Consumer Care business to Bayer $14.2B
Merck (MRK) said it has completed the previously announced sale of the Merck Consumer Care business to Bayer (BAYRY). Bayer will acquire Merck’s existing over-the-counter business, including the global trademark and prescription rights for CLARITINTM and AFRINTM, for $14.2B or approximately $9B in after-tax proceeds, less customary closing adjustments as well as certain contingent amounts held back that will be payable upon the manufacturing site transfer in Canada and regulatory approvals in Mexico and Korea. In conjunction with this transaction, Merck has also entered into the previously announced worldwide collaboration between the companies to develop and commercialize soluble guanylate cyclase modulators. This collaboration includes Bayer’s ADEMPASTM. The collaboration also includes opt-in rights for other early-stage sGC compounds in development by both companies. Merck will be making an upfront payment of $1B in connection with the sGC collaboration.
September 30, 2014
16:39 EDTSNY, MRKCMS discloses drug makers' payments to doctors, WSJ says
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10:53 EDTSNYRegeneron dupilumab opportunity improved with new data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said it is increasingly optimistic about dupilumab's broad potential in allergic diseases following the Phase II data on chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps as well as prior data in atopic dermatitis and asthma. The firm views dupilumab as a potential blockbuster and reiterates its Overweight rating and $382 price target on Regeneron (REGN), which announced the data in partnership with Sanofi (SNY).
08:16 EDTMRKTetraphase price target raised to $32 from $20 at JMP Securities
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07:30 EDTSNYSachs Associates to hold a conference
14th Annual Biotech in Europe Forum for Global Partnering and Investment to be held in Basel, Switzerland on September 30-October 1.
05:16 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive Phase 2 top-line dupilumab results
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that a Phase 2a proof-of-concept study of dupilumab, an investigational therapy that blocks IL-4 and IL-13 signaling, met all primary and secondary endpoints in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, or CSwNP, who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids. In the study, dupilumab resulted in a statistically-significant improvement in the size of nasal polyps, as measured by endoscopic Nasal Polyp Score, the primary endpoint of the study. Statistically significant improvements in all secondary efficacy endpoints were also observed, including objective measures of sinusitis by CT scan, nasal air flow, and patient-reported symptoms. In a pre-specified exploratory analysis, dupilumab-treated patients who also had asthma demonstrated significant improvements in asthma control. The safety profile was consistent with previous studies. The most common AEs with dupilumab were injection site reactions, nasopharyngitis, oropharyngeal pain, epistaxis, headache and dizziness.
September 29, 2014
07:26 EDTMRKInforma Business Information to hold a conference
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05:44 EDTMRKMerck announces early data from investigational use of KEYTRUDA
Merck announced the first presentation of data on the investigational use of KEYTRUDA, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in PD-L1 positive, advanced urothelial cancer. The early findings presented showed a confirmed overall response rate of 24% with KEYTRUDA as monotherapy, as measured by RECIST v1.1, central review including a complete response rate of 10%. At the time of analysis, response durations ranged from 16+ to 40+ weeks with six of the seven responders continuing on therapy. In the ongoing study, 64% of patients screened had tumors that were determined to be positive for PD-L1 expression.
September 28, 2014
12:53 EDTMRKMerck announces first presentation of data on investigational use of KEYTRUDA
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September 26, 2014
08:31 EDTMRKLigand, Merck receive approval for NOXAFIL
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September 24, 2014
17:01 EDTSNYMannKind announces closing of global licensing agreement with Sanofi
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08:10 EDTSNYSanofi unit announces research collaboration
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September 23, 2014
09:00 EDTSNYBofa/Merill special situations team to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:33 EDTMRKOphthotech names Michael Atieh as EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer
Ophthotech Corporation (OPHT) announced that Michael G. Atieh has been named EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer effective September 30. Atieh replaces Bruce A. Peacock, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer, who has notified the company of his intention to retire effective September 30. Atieh spent the majority of his career in the pharmaceutical industry with Merck and Co (MRK), where he held various senior level positions over a 20 year period including Senior Vice President-Merck Medco Managed Care, Vice President-U.S. Human Health, Vice President-Public Affairs, Vice President-Government Relations, and Treasurer.
September 22, 2014
07:21 EDTSNYEBD Group to hold a conference
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06:51 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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September 18, 2014
08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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