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December 27, 2012
08:21 EDTRHHBY, OREX, ARNA, GSK, VVUSU.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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February 25, 2015
06:33 EDTOREXOrexigen reports Q4 EPS 0c, consensus 21c
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06:14 EDTRHHBYPTC Therapeutics takeout price likely tops $100/share, said Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse yesterday raised its price target for PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) shares to $100 from $66 after Reuters reported the drug market is starting a sale process with Shire (SHPG) and Biomarin (BMRN) as possible suitors. The firm believes a takeout is a likely outcome before or after data the Phase III data expected to be announced in October. PTC has Translarna Phase III trials ongoing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis to support full approval in the U.S. Credit Suisse said yesterday in a note to investors that a takeout value for the company likely exceeds $100 per share. It believes PTC would be a good fit for Vertex (VRTX), Biogen (BIIB), Roche (RHHBY) and others. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PTC Therapeutics shares closed yesterday up $6.20 to $71.16.
February 24, 2015
16:01 EDTVVUSVIVUS reports Q4 EPS (25c), consensus (25c)
Reports Q4 revenue $21.7M, consensus $20.01M.
09:06 EDTRHHBYRoche receives orphan status for treatment of pemphigus vulgaris
The FDA granted Roche's Genentech unit orphan status for rituximab, its treatment of pemphigus vulgaris.
09:03 EDTOREXUltragenyx adds Orexigen CEO to board
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE) announced the appointment of Michael Narachi to the company's board, effective February 20. Narachi, President and CEO and a director of Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX), will serve as an independent director to Ultragenyx.
08:10 EDTOREXOrexigen resumed with an Outperform at Leerink
Target $8.
07:05 EDTRHHBYRoche and BioMed X enter collaboration agreement to develop sensor technology
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February 23, 2015
13:33 EDTGSKRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
11:17 EDTGSKFTC puts conditions on Novartis's proposed acquisition of GSK oncology drugs
According to the FTC, Global pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma (ARRY) to settle charges that Novartis’s $16B acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive...If the acquisition goes forward as proposed, Novartis would likely delay or terminate development of both its BRAF and MEK inhibitors, as well as the combination product. For that reason, Novartis’s acquisition of GSK’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely cause significant competitive harm in the U.S. markets for both the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, ultimately raising prices for consumers and depriving them of potentially superior products. Under the terms of the proposed consent agreement, Novartis is required to provide transitional services to Array BioPharma to ensure that development of the BRAF and MEK inhibitors continues uninterrupted and that competition in BRAF and MEK inhibitor markets is not reduced. Reference Link
06:21 EDTRHHBYFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTRHHBYDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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07:23 EDTRHHBY, GSKAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTGSKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
18:25 EDTRHHBYPiper Jaffray biotech analyst to hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTRHHBYLeerink's life science tools analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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06:45 EDTRHHBYStudy shows Roche's treatments equal to Eylea in most cases, NY Times says
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05:31 EDTRHHBYExelixis announces acceptance of NDA for Genentech cobimetinib
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05:26 EDTRHHBYFDA grants Genentech cobimetinib priority review for combination use
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February 17, 2015
07:38 EDTGSKGlaxo replaces head of struggling U.S. drug unit, Bloomberg reports
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