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June 18, 2014
08:33 EDTJNJ, VRTXVertex 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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December 19, 2014
11:08 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson receives positive CHMP opinion to extend Velcade indication
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December 17, 2014
09:04 EDTJNJHalozyme enters collaboration pact with Janssen for ENHANZE Technology
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09:02 EDTJNJHalozyme enters collaboration pact with Janssen for ENHANZE Technology
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08:06 EDTJNJInovio appoints Zane Yang as VP, Clinical Development, Oncology
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December 16, 2014
07:20 EDTJNJGeron announces early HSR clearance for collaboration with Janssen
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December 15, 2014
09:06 EDTVRTXVertex names David Altshuler as Chief Scientific Officer
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December 12, 2014
14:01 EDTJNJGenOn Energy to receive $3M milestone payment in Janssen collaboration
Genmab announced it has reached a milestone in its DuoBody technology platform collaboration with Janssen Biotech (JNJ), triggering a $3M payment. The milestone payment is for pre-clinical progress with a DuoBody product candidate targeting cancer. Today's news will not impact Genmab's 2014 financial guidance.
08:01 EDTVRTXPiper predicts two large-cap biotechs could be acquired in 2015
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December 11, 2014
07:28 EDTVRTXCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
December 9, 2014
05:50 EDTJNJPharmacyclics data demonstrates safety, durability response
New, 27-month IMBRUVICA median follow-up data announced by Pharmacyclics (PCYC) support the use of IMBRUVICA over longer periods of time in patients with relapsed/refractory mantle cell lymphoma, or MCL, an aggressive type of lymphoma. More than 30% of IMBRUVICA patients remained progression-free after two years with no new or unexpected adverse events occurring during that time. Nearly half of the 111 patients treated were still living at the time of the data analysis. A second Phase II trial looked at IMBRUVICA's efficacy and safety as a single-agent treatment for MCL patients who previously had received rituximab combination therapy and at least two cycles of bortezomib. IMBRUVICA combination therapy resulted in an 88% overall response rate in MCL patients with a complete response rate of 40%. IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a unit of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ).
05:43 EDTJNJPharmacyclics reports IMBRUVICA data shows 84% PFS rate at one year
Pharmacyclics (PCYC) announced new, longer term data in IMBRUVICA patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, including high-risk CLL patients with deletion 17p. Results from the Phase III RESONATE trial demonstrated an 84% progression-free survival, or PFS, rate in all patients with previously treated CLL or small lymphocytic lymphoma, or SLL, who received IMBRUVICA and a 94% PFS rate in patients who received only one prior therapy at 12 months. Separately, follow-up data was reported from Phase II RESONATE-17, or PCYC-1117, the largest prospective trial dedicated to studying CLL or SLL patients with del 17p. The data showed that IMBRUVICA was associated with an 83% overall response rate, or ORR, at a median follow up of 11.5 months. At 12 months, the estimated PFS was 79%. These results and additional data were presented here at the 56th American Society of Hematology, or ASH, Annual Meeting, highlighting IMBRUVICA's sustained efficacy in relapsed/refractory patients who have received at least one prior therapy. IMBRUVICA combination therapy resulted in an 88% overall response rate in MCL patients with a complete response rate of 40%. IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a unit of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ).
05:27 EDTJNJPharmacyclics IMBRUVICA Phase II combination data shows positive profile
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