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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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August 26, 2014
08:01 EDTMRKPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
12:19 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:48 EDTSNYSanofi and Regeneron co-host a conference call
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10:40 EDTSNYBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
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09:11 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:17 EDTMRKAdvaxis, Merck enter clinical trial collaboration agreement
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August 22, 2014
12:39 EDTSNYThese five companies will benefit from increased ALS awareness, MarketWatch says
A recent surge in funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, caused by the Ice Bucket challenge that is widespread on social media outlets, will benefit five pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the development of a cure for ALS, according to MarketWatch. The companies that are or have been involved in developing a treatment for ALS include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS), Sanofi (SNY), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), MarketWatch added. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
05:42 EDTSNYIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 19, 2014
16:46 EDTSNYFDA approves Genzyme Cerdelga capsules
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August 18, 2014
07:57 EDTMRKCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 14, 2014
09:11 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 2.5%... Plug Power (PLUG), up 10%... Perrigo (PRGO), up 4.5%. HIGHER: Aruba Networks (ARUN), up 3% after shares upgraded at Stifel... KaloBios (KBIO), up 7.9% after publication shows EphA3 as target for anticancer therapy... Supernus (SUPN), up 4.4% after receiving FDA fast track designation for SPN-810. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Noodles & Company (NDLS), down 22%... Vipshop (VIPS), down 5.8%. LOWER: ExOne (XONE), down 10.7%, Voxeljet (VJET), down 6.6%, after earnings reports. Peers in the 3D space are lower as well, with Stratasys (SSYS) down 1% and 3D Systems (DDD) down 0.2%... Enphase Energy (ENPH), down 2.6% after filing to sell common stock for holders... InterMune (ITMN), down 3% after downgraded at Goldman following yesterday's advance on Bloomberg report that the company received takeover bids from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY).
August 13, 2014
18:02 EDTMRKMerck provides statement on role of PNEUMOVAX 23 in updated ACIP recommendations
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17:08 EDTSNYSanofi Pastuer annnounces positive results from trial of Fluzone
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16:52 EDTMRKMerck confirms FDA approval of BELSOMRA
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16:19 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:30 EDTMRKFDA approves Belsomra sleep drug
The Food and Drug Administration approved Belsomra tablets for use as needed to treat difficulty in falling and staying asleep. Belsomra is an orexin receptor antagonist and is the first approved drug of this type. Belsomra will be dispensed with an FDA-approved patient Medication Guide that provides instructions for its use and important safety information. Belsomra is a controlled substance because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Belsomra is made by Merck, Sharpe & Dohme.
13:13 EDTSNYInterMune exploring sale after bids from Sanofi, Roche, Glaxo, Bloomberg says
InterMune (ITMN) is working with its financial advisers Goldman Sachs (GS) and Centerview Partners to evaluate takeover bids it has received from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Actelion (ALIOF), said Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The report noted that one of the sources said Sanofi has so far shown the most interest in a deal for InterMune, whose shares are up more than 13% to $51.56 following the first headlines from the report. Reference Link
13:00 EDTSNYInterMune received takeover bids from Sanofi, Roche, Bloomberg says

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