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December 27, 2012
08:21 EDTRHHBY, ARNA, GSK, VVUS, OREXU.S. market gets wave of new weight loss drugs, FT reports
The U.S. market has had only one prescription weight loss drug for several years, Roche’s (RHHBY) Xenical, which is also sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as Alli, but that drug has recently been joined by Vivus' (VVUS) Qsymia and Arena (ARNA) is set to launch Belviq shortly, reported Financial Times. Orexigen (OREX) is also preparing to re-submit its Contrave weight loss drug for a new regulatory review. The report on the resurgence of weight loss drug development noted that Vivus' CEO foresees the potential for using direct-to-consumer advertising and a larger scale sales force to market Qsymia, which would likely require a big pharma partner. Reference Link
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May 14, 2015
09:22 EDTRHHBYLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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May 13, 2015
18:12 EDTRHHBYGenentech alectinib shrank tumors in about half of ALK-positive NSCLC patients
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17:04 EDTRHHBYGenentech announces interim results from POPLAR study
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced interim results from a global, randomized Phase II study, POPLAR, in people with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer, NSCLC. The study showed the investigational cancer immunotherapy MPDL3280A doubled the likelihood of survival; hazard ratio [HR]=0.47) in people whose cancer expressed the highest levels of PD-L1 compared with docetaxel chemotherapy. An improvement in survival was also observed in people who had medium and high or any level of PD-L1 expression, as characterized by a test being developed by Roche. MPDL3280A was generally well tolerated and adverse events were consistent with what has been previously reported for MPDL3280A in NSCLC. Updated results will be presented in an oral session at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “In our study of MPDL3280A in previously treated lung cancer, the amount of PD-L1 expressed by a person’s cancer correlated with improvement in survival,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. “The goal of PD-L1 as a biomarker is to identify people most likely to experience improved overall survival with MPDL3280A alone, and which people may be appropriate candidates for a combination of medicines.”
11:38 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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08:08 EDTOREXOrexigen price target lowered to $8 from $11 at Leerink
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07:07 EDTGSKGSK, Emergent BioSolutions, Oxford initiate Prime Boost study of Ebola vaccine
A new phase 1 study has begun at the University of Oxford that will investigate the use of a modified vaccinia Ankara, or MVA, Ebola Zaire vaccine candidate, or MVA EBOZ, as a prime-boost to GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Chimp Adenovirus type 3, or ChAd3, Ebola vaccine candidate. The study, being conducted by the clinical research group of Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute, has received regulatory approval to begin from the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA. The phase 1 study has a planned enrollment of 38 volunteers of which 6 will receive MVA EBOZ only while the other 32 will receive ChAd3-EBO-Z prime followed by MVA EBOZ boost. Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) manufactured the supply of MVA EBOZ to be used in this phase 1 study, which is being conducted in the U.K. with support from the Wellcome Trust and the U.K. Department for International Development.
May 12, 2015
19:33 EDTOREXOrexigen provides update on Contrave collaboration with Takeda
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19:32 EDTOREXOrexigen provides statement on termination of Light Study
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17:54 EDTOREXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:52 EDTOREXTakeda requesting Orexigen to pay cost of second heart trial, Bloomberg says
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15:17 EDTOREXOrexigen weakness a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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08:38 EDTOREXTakeda and Orexigen accept recommendation of the ESC
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06:02 EDTGSKGSK CEO cites 'poor choices' in rivals' M&A deals, Financial Times reports
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May 11, 2015
19:15 EDTARNAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:41 EDTARNAArena Pharmaceuticals reports Q1 EPS (10c), consensus (14c)
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16:22 EDTARNAArena Pharmaceuticals enters collaboration with Roivant Sciences
Arena Pharmaceuticals announced that its subsidiary, Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH, and Roivant Sciences Ltd., have entered into a Development, Marketing and Supply Agreement for nelotanserin, Arena's internally discovered inverse agonist of the 5-HT2A receptor. The agreement grants Roivant exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize nelotanserin. Nelotanserin has been studied to date in multiple clinical trials involving over 900 subjects. Roivant intends to initiate additional Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of behavioral and neuropsychiatric disturbances, including psychoses, in patients with dementia and other neurological diseases. In addition, Roivant may pursue the development of nelotanserin for other neuropsychiatric disorders. Roivant will be responsible for funding the development and commercialization of nelotanserin. Under the agreement, Arena will manufacture clinical supply and commercial product to sell to Roivant. Arena will receive a $4.0M upfront payment and is eligible to receive $41.5M in regulatory and development milestone payments. Arena is also eligible to receive 15% of net sales of nelotanserin in exchange for the manufacture and supply of finished commercial drug product, and up to a total of $60.0M in one-time purchase price adjustment payments tied to certain commercial sales milestones.
15:54 EDTGSKGlaxo CEO defends strategy, warns of risks of chasing higher prices, FT says
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO Andrew Witty defends the company's shift in focus from high-priced prescription drugs to higher volume, but lower priced, products, warning that chasing ever-higher prices risks undermining the industry and may create "its own tension that leads to some kind of change,” reported Financial Times, citing an interview. Witty acknowledges the company's asset swap with Novartis (NVS) opens the door to a potential break up, but argues there are benefits to keeping pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer goods together and there would be “no logic” in a split at this early time after the Novartis deal, the report added. Reference Link
05:58 EDTGSKUNC, GlaxoSmithKline create dedicated HIV Cure center
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05:11 EDTRHHBYRoche receives FDA approval for cobas KRAS Mutation Test
Roche announced that the FDA has approved the cobas KRAS Mutation Test for diagnostic use. The real-time PCR test is designed to identify KRAS mutations in tumor samples from metastatic colorectal cancer, or mCRC, patients and aid clinicians in determining a therapeutic path for them.
May 8, 2015
07:08 EDTOREXOrexigen reports Q1 EPS (14c), consensus (14c)
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