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June 18, 2014
08:33 EDTVRTX, JNJVertex licenses VX-787 to Janssen for treatment of influenza
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) for the worldwide development and commercialization of VX-787, a novel medicine discovered by Vertex for the treatment of influenza. As part of the agreement, Vertex will receive an up-front payment of $30M from Janssen and has the potential to receive additional development and commercial milestone payments as well as royalties on future product sales. Vertex completed a Phase 2a study of VX-787 in 2013 that showed statistically significant improvements in viral and clinical measurements of influenza infection. VX-787 is designed to directly inhibit replication of the influenza virus. Under the terms of the collaboration, Janssen will have full global development and commercialization rights to VX-787. Vertex will receive a $30M up-front payment from Janssen and could receive additional development and commercial milestone payments as well as royalties on future product sales. The collaboration, and the related $30M up-front payment, is subject to the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
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August 27, 2015
19:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to open shared services headquarters in Florida
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August 26, 2015
07:09 EDTVRTXVertex, Novavax among select biotechs to buy on weakness, says Piper Jaffray
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August 25, 2015
13:01 EDTJNJJ&J unit to sell Splenda brand to Heartland Food, terms not disclosed
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09:03 EDTJNJAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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06:18 EDTJNJSears names Lynn Pendergrass as Hardlines president
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August 24, 2015
13:36 EDTVRTXBiotech correction presents some opportunities, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee said he won't try to pick the short-term bottom in biotech, but contends that any macro weakness in China shouldn't have any major impact to financials or fundamentals for the sector given their minimal exposure there. If the market continues to be volatile, Yee recommends a focus on names with defensive characteristics, such as higher margins and free cash flow yield, naming Amgen (AMGN), Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) as some examples. The analyst adds that he likes Vertex (VRTX) on the pullback for "more aggressive" growth investors. Yee has Outperform ratings on all of the stocks mentioned above.
August 21, 2015
09:01 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Medical Device Analyst Newitter, along with MEDACorp Specialists Dorance Dillon and Terence Farrell, discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently proposed "Comprehensive Care For Joint Replacement Payment Model" and how this model might influence ortho pricing and hospital-vendor relationships on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 24 at 1 pm.
August 20, 2015
11:33 EDTJNJLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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August 17, 2015
06:22 EDTVRTXPiper's Tenthoff sees select biotech names outperforming in second half
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects drug launches, clinical data read-outs and potential partnerships to drive outperformance for select biotech names in the second half of 2015. Despite some recent profit-taking, 2015 has been another strong year for biotech stocks, Tenthoff tells investors in a research note. Names with important second half of the year catalysts include Vertex (VRTX), Regeneron (REGN), Seattle Genetics (SGEN), Exelixis (EXEL), Sarepta (SRPT), Novavax (NVAX), Arrowhead (ARWR), Array BioPharma (ARRY), Alnylam (ALNY), Genocea (GNCA), CymaBay (CBAY), Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE).

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