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January 9, 2014
08:38 EDTVRTX, BMYVertex announces first data from initial cohorts of VX-135 Phase 2a study
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) announced the first data from the initial cohorts of an open-label Phase 2a study of VX-135 in combination with daclatasvir, Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMY) NS5A replication complex inhibitor. In an intent-to-treat analysis, the sustained viral response rate four weeks after the completion of treatment was 83% in treatment-naïve genotype 1 patients who received 200 mg of VX-135 in combination with daclatasvir. In this arm, one patient discontinued treatment after the first dose due to a serious adverse event of vomiting/nausea. The 11 other patients in this arm completed 12 weeks of treatment, and 91 percent (10 of 11) achieved SVR4. In the study, the majority of adverse events were mild. Vertex expects to submit data to present at a medical meeting in 2014.
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October 22, 2014
05:37 EDTVRTXVertex approval could add 500 more patients, says Piper Jaffray
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October 21, 2014
16:49 EDTVRTXVertex: FDA Advisory Committee recommends approval of KALYDECO
Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Pulmonary Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee voted 13-2 to recommend approval of KALYDECO in people with cystic fibrosis ages 6 and older who have the R117H mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulatory gene, which is the indication being reviewed by the FDA.
15:25 EDTVRTXPanel backs approval for Vertex CF drug in R117H mutation, Bloomberg says
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15:18 EDTVRTXPanel votes Vertex CF drug safe, works for R117H mutation, Bloomberg reports
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07:15 EDTBMYFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:11 EDTVRTXFDA Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committe to hold a meeting
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October 20, 2014
07:19 EDTBMYIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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October 17, 2014
10:27 EDTVRTXVertex FDA panel expected to be positive at Piper Jaffray
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10:26 EDTVRTXFDA panel asked to consider benefit of Vertex drug in younger CF patients
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October 16, 2014
10:01 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:42 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded at BMO Capital
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06:16 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
October 15, 2014
09:57 EDTBMYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 14, 2014
13:59 EDTVRTXVertex mentioned cautiously at BofA/Merrill
11:23 EDTBMYBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $131 from $119 at RW Baird
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08:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Pharmacyclics, Janssen announce clinical collaboration
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY), Pharmacyclics, Inc. (PCYC), and Janssen Research & Development, LLC (JNJ) announced today they have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor OPDIVO in combination with IMBRUVICA, an oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor co-developed and co-marketed by Pharmacyclics and Janssen. The Phase 1/2 study will focus on evaluating the safety and anti-tumor activity of combining OPDIVO and IMBRUVICA as a potential treatment option for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name OPDIVO, which if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trademark for the investigational drug, nivolumab. OPDIVO is part of a new class of cancer treatments known as immunotherapies, which are designed to harness the body’s own immune system in fighting cancer by targeting distinct regulatory components of the immune system. Each agent has individually shown activity against hematologic malignancies in clinical trials; pre-clinical evidence suggests OPDIVO and IMBRUVICA may have the potential for additive treatment effects in patients with hematologic malignancies. The study will be conducted by Janssen. Additional details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
07:13 EDTBMYBioFlorida to hold a conference
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05:35 EDTVRTXVertex upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Overweight citing likely approval of the company's Kalydeco plus lumacaftor combination next year. Piper expects Vertex's Cystic Fibrosis sales to grow to $3.1B in 2016 and raised its price target for shares to $125 from $87.50.
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