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September 13, 2013
13:17 EDTSHPG, SNY, GS, VPHMViroPharma hires Goldman to explore sale, Bloomberg says
ViroPharma (VPHM) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) to explore a sale after receiving takeover interest from Sanofi (SNY) and Shire (SHPG), reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the process. Shares of ViroPharma traded sharply higher following initial headlines of the report, and are currently up better than 25% in afternoon trade. U.S.-listed shares of Shire are off their worst levels and have turned positive following the report, while Sanofi shares are little changed. Reference Link
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May 28, 2015
10:38 EDTSNYSanofi announces agreement with NHS England on cabazitaxel
Sanofi announced that it has reached agreement with NHS England that cabazitaxel will once more be available on the NHS to clinically eligible men with advanced prostate cancer. Cabazitaxel was de-listed from the Cancer Drugs Fund by NHS England on March 12, however in order to support access to cabazitaxel during the transition period to a formal NICE appraisal outcome, Sanofi and NHS England have come to an agreement that will enable provision of cabazitaxel to patients in England. NICE has agreed to review the Technology Appraisal for cabazitaxel and we expect a result in 2016. Sanofi has submitted a Patient Access Scheme as part of the re-appraisal of cabazitaxel by NICE. Sanofi also plans to re-submit cabazitaxel to the Scottish Medicines Consortium in 2015 to allow patients in Scotland access to this important medicine.
09:24 EDTSHPGJefferies sees Pharma M&A continuing, lists 22 possible targets
Jefferies analyst David Steinberg believes the M&A wave in the Pharmaceuticals space that began in 2005 can continue as the key drivers remain largely intact. In a note titled "Who is Next? The Feeding Frenzy in Specialty Pharmaceuticals," Steinberg sees deals continuing amid cheap debt, the push for lower corporate taxes and investors rewarding many acquirers for their transactions. He points out there are now around 100 publicly traded Specialty Pharmaceutical companies following the recent life sciences IPO boom. Potential takeover targets, according to Steinberg, include Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Perrigo (PRGO), Zoetis (ZTS), Mallinckrodt (MNK), Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), United Therapeutics (UTHR), Pacira (PCRX), Indivior, Insys Therapeutics (INSY), The Medicines Co. (MDCO), Depomed (DEPO), Spectrum (SPPI), KYTHERA (KYTH), Revance (RVNC), XenoPort (XNPT), Mylan (MYL), Akorn (AKRX), Impax (IPXL), Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH), Anacor (ANAC) and BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI).
09:00 EDTSHPGPfizer has 'significant capacity' for additional deals, says JPMorgan
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07:25 EDTSHPGEuro Renal Association / Euro Dialysis & Transplant Assoc to hold conference
52nd ERA-EDTA Congress is being held in London, England on May 28-31.
May 27, 2015
12:36 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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08:01 EDTSNYRetrophin agrees to sell Pediatric PRV to Sanofi
Retrophin (RTRX) announced an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher to Sanofi (SNY). Retrophin received the Pediatric PRV when Cholbam was approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients suffering from bile acid synthesis disorders due to single enzyme defects, and for patients with peroxisomal disorders. Upon closing of the transaction, Retrophin will receive a payment of $150M, followed by two equal installments of $47.5M in 2016 and 2017. The company will receive a total consideration of $245M in cash from Sanofi in exchange for the Pediatric PRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
May 26, 2015
08:17 EDTGSGoldman hired by Carlyle for potential stake sale in Telecable, Reuters reports
Goldman Sachs (GS) has been hired by Carlyle (CG) to advise the company on a possible sale of its 85% stake in Telecable, a Spanish telecoms operator, Reuters reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
08:14 EDTSHPG, SNYBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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08:01 EDTSNYSanofi's Genzyme to present Aubagio, Lemtrada data at CMSC
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06:04 EDTGSGoldman seeks to target $1B in renewable energy bonds in Japan, Reuters says
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May 22, 2015
10:52 EDTSNYJPMorgan says Actavis shares cheap compared to peers
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May 21, 2015
14:48 EDTSNYRegeneron primary driver remains Praluent, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted that Regeneron (REGN) shares are at all-time highs after the company and partner Sanofi reported Phase IIb data on Dupilumab and Phase III data on Sarilumab. However, the firm believes the primary driver for Regeneron remains Praluent and firm expects launch costs to outstrip sales growth. Piper acknowledges Regeneron has "one of the richest pipelines in all of biotech," but it sees risk around Amgen's (AMGN) patent suit and keeps its Neutral rating and $484 price target on the stock.
07:37 EDTSHPGPfizer replaces AbbVie as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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05:15 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive topline results from sarilumab Phase 3 study
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May 20, 2015
08:21 EDTGSATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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May 19, 2015
06:55 EDTSNYGenocea could be takeover target after data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) will report positive Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization results late in Q2. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes targeting Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Positive GEN-003 data could position Genocea as a potential acquisition target by a larger vaccine player, Tenthoff tells investors today in a research note. Large vaccine makers include Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Novartis (NVS). The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Genocea with a $14 price target. Shares of the clinical-stage vaccine developer with a $227M market capitalization closed yesterday up 83c to $10.22.
May 18, 2015
12:34 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive pivotal Phase 2b dupilumab data in asthma
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May 17, 2015
14:59 EDTSNYL'Oreal CEO 'ready' to sell Sanofi stake if needed, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
11:08 EDTSHPGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:29 EDTSNYAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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