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March 14, 2014
08:18 EDTTHRX, GSKTheravance, GSK announce positive results from combination therapy COPD study
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced positive results from three phase III studies. Two studies comparing the efficacy and safety of the combination anticholinergic / long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist, Anoro Ellipta with inhaled corticosteroid / long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist combination, Advair Diskus and the third comparing the efficacy and safety of Anoro Ellipta with Seretide Diskus 'FSC 500/50' in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and no history of moderate to severe COPD exacerbations in the last year. In each of the studies UMEC/VI achieved a statistically significant improvement in lung function, measured as weighted mean forced expiratory volume in one second over 0-24 hours at the end of the 12 week study, compared to either dose of FSC.
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October 22, 2014
07:48 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline announces restructuring program for pharmaceuticals business
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07:46 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline to explore IPO of minority shareholding in ViiV Healthcare
Glaxo announced "further significant steps" within its Pharmaceuticals business to realize value for shareholders and deliver improved operational performance. Glaxo stated: "Five years ago, we created ViiV Healthcare, a new standalone global business focused on development of treatments for HIV. This has been a highly innovative and successful venture with our equity partners Pfizer and Shionogi. The business has made very significant progress in both R&D and commercial execution, culminating in the recent successful launches of Tivicay and Triumeq. We believe now is the right time to explore the potential for an IPO of a minority shareholding in this business. This will provide greater visibility of the intrinsic value we see in its currently marketed assets and future pipeline and also enhance potential future strategic flexibility."
07:44 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline backs FY14 view for core EPS 'broadly similar' to FY13
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) continues to expect full year 2014 core EPS to be broadly similar to 2013 at CER and on ex-divestment basis. Glaxo says its proposed 3-part transaction with Novartis (NVS) is on track for completion in 1H15.
07:42 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports Q3 core EPS 27.9p, up 5% CER ex-divestments
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06:41 EDTGSKWHO fast-tracking testing of two Ebola vaccines, Guardian reports
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October 21, 2014
11:04 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline receives orphan status for dabrafenib
The FDA granted GlaxoSmithKline orphan status for dabrafenib, its possible treatment of patients with BRAF mutation positive non-small cell lung cancer.
07:06 EDTGSKFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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October 20, 2014
09:09 EDTGSKEMA encourages applications for orphan designation for Ebola treatments
The European Medicines Agency encourages developers of treatments or vaccines against Ebola to apply for orphan designation. Applications for orphan designation of Ebola medicines will be treated as a priority and EMA has committed to fast-tracking their evaluation, the regulator announced. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX), NewLink Genetics (NLNK) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
07:19 EDTGSKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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October 17, 2014
14:50 EDTGSKBARDA asks labs to ramp up Zmapp production, Reuters says
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11:17 EDTGSKGSK says Ebola vaccine too late for current epidemic, BBC reports
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05:25 EDTTHRXTheravance announces positive Anoro Ellipta study data published
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October 14, 2014
13:09 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline seeks binding bids for mature drugs, Reuters reports
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11:23 EDTGSKBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:19 EDTGSKNIH says several potential Ebola treatments under development
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10:10 EDTGSKNIH director says supporting BioCryst, Chimerix Ebola treatments
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October 13, 2014
07:12 EDTGSKOligonucleotide Therapeutics Society to hold annual meeting
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October 9, 2014
16:09 EDTTHRXTheravance names Eric d'Esparbes as CFO
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07:02 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals receives $18M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
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October 8, 2014
06:11 EDTGSKNovartis says expects three executive committee members to leave
Novartis (NVS) confirmed that following completion of the transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) in the coming months, that the three business leaders of the Novartis divisions at the center of the transaction will leave the Executive Committee of Novartis. The expected changes to the ECN are subject to the closing of the transactions announced on April 22 - Novartis expects the transaction with GSK to be completed in the first half of 2015, and the transaction with Eli Lilly for its Animal Health Business to close in the first quarter of 2015. George Gunn, currently Division Head, Novartis Animal Health, will reach his contractual retirement age in July 2015 and will retire from Novartis. Upon closing of the Animal Health transaction with Lilly he will leave the ECN. Brian McNamara, currently Division Head, Novartis OTC, will transition to GSK as Head of Americas and Europe for the consumer health businesses, reporting to the President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, effective at closing of the transaction. Andrin Oswald, currently Division Head, Novartis Vaccines, will be leaving Novartis to pursue other opportunities following closing of the transaction with GSK.
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