$MACK (Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

$MACK {{ '2016-10-03T16:20:06+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MACK said it reduced 22% of its headcount while eliminating more than $200MM in expected costs over the next 2 years. The company also said its CEO Robert Mulroy resigned, effective immediately. The BoD appointed Chairman Gary Crocker as interim CEO. $MACK had reported a 2Q16 loss of $50.8MM, hurt by higher R&D costs and interest expenses.

$LGND {{ '2018-01-22T15:49:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Pharma company $LGND has signed a license agreement with Ferring Pharmaceuticals, under which the latter will get access to its therapeutic antibody platform OmniAb, for discovery of fully human mono- and bispecific antibodies. Ligand will receive platform access fees, milestone payments and royalties.

$CELG {{ '2018-01-22T13:26:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Last week's rumor becomes reality. $CELG to acquire its strategic partner $JUNO for $9Bil. Juno Therapeutics, which had already skyrocketed nearly 50% in the last week, has increased more than 25% today in pre-market from Jan. 19th closing price of $67.81. Celgene expects that this deal will help it to boost the revenue generation beyond 2020.

$LGND {{ '2018-01-19T15:51:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$LGND announced initiation of a program to develop contrast agents with reduced renal toxicity. Contrast agents are injectable solutions used during diagnostic imaging procedures. $LGND plans to advance products toward proof-of-concept, followed by selling or out-licensing them for further development and commercialization.

$AMGN {{ '2018-01-19T13:28:13+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for MVASI from $AMGN and $AGN. MVASI is the first biosimilar bevacizumab approved by the EC and is approved for the treatment of certain types of cancers.

$AGN {{ '2018-01-17T13:14:16+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN and $IRWD reached an agreement with Indian pharma company Sun Pharma to resolve a patent litigation for the generic version of constipation drug Linzess in the U.S. As per the agreement, Sun Pharma will be able to market the generic version of Linzess in the U.S. from Feb. 1, 2031. All the litigations related to Linzess were dismissed.

$LGND {{ '2018-01-11T17:54:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Pharma company $LGND has signed a license agreement with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, allowing the latter to use the OmniAb platform for discovery of antibodies. For products incorporating OmniAb antibodies, Ligand will receive annual platform access payments and royalties, while the programs will be entirely funded by Glenmark.

$VRTX {{ '2018-01-10T15:15:09+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VRTX said the European Commission has granted extension of the Marketing Authorization for ORKAMBI, intended for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in people with two copies of the F508del mutation, to include children ages 6 through 11. Existing reimbursement agreements in countries such as Ireland will enable rapid access to ORKAMBI.

$AGN {{ '2018-01-09T15:46:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN, which announced its plan to give pink slips to 1,000 of its employees and cut down 400 open positions earlier this year, provided FY18 financial outlook. In 2018, Allergan plans to sell its remaining position of 10% stake in $TEVA through Forward Sale Agreements and/or open market sales.

$CELG {{ '2018-01-08T19:25:23+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CELG announced preliminary results for 4Q17 and FY17. Celgene also provided the outlook for FY18 and reaffirmed FY20 guidance. The company is expected to finalize these results when it announces the earnings results on Jan. 25, 2018.

$CELG {{ '2018-01-08T14:00:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CELG agreed to acquire start-up firm Impact Biomedicines for an upfront payment of $1.1Bil. Under the deal terms, Celgene will further pay up to $1.25Bil on Impact's cancer drug Fedratinib getting FDA's approvals. If the global annual net sales of the drug exceed $5Bil, Celgene will pay a maximum of $4.5Bil. The deal is expected to close in 1Q18.

$LGND {{ '2018-01-03T14:25:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$LGND's partner HanAll Biopharma out-licensed antibody projects that were discovered by HanAll using $LGND’s OmniAb antibody discovery platform. The licensing events triggered $6MM of payments to $LGND. Including these payments, $LGND now anticipates total revenue for full year 2017 to be approx. $140MM with adjusted EPS to be $3.13-3.16.

$AGN {{ '2017-12-26T12:22:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN said that the Federal Circuit confirmed that a proposed generic version of Combigan eye drug from Sandoz, a unit of $NVS, did not infringe Allergan's two patents. The Federal Circuit also reversed the district court's decision that Sandoz's proposed generic product infringes Allergan's 3rd patent. Allergan plans to file for rehearing within 30 days.

$CELG {{ '2017-12-22T14:11:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CELG's cancer drug Revlimid fails to meet the endpoint in the first Phase 3 trial. Celgene said that additional analyses are ongoing and it would present the complete analyzed data in a future medical conference. Revlimid contributed 63% of Celgene's revenue in their recently ended third quarter.

$AGN {{ '2017-12-21T14:38:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN and its partner $PRTK announced that FDA accepted to review Seysara, an investigational drug for treating acne. Allergan, which has the U.S. rights of developing and marketing Seysara, expects FDA to take action on this in 2H18. Paratek retains the non-U.S. rights. In March 2017, Allergan announced positive results from Seysara Phase 3 trials.

$ABBV {{ '2017-12-21T13:23:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABBV announced positive top-line results from the Phase 3 SELECT-MONOTHERAPY clinical trial. Upadacitinib is not approved by regulatory authorities and its safety and efficacy have not been established.

$AGN {{ '2017-12-18T22:26:29+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Robert Stewart, COO of $AGN will resign from his role. He has been named as the CEO of the newly formed Amneal Pharmaceuticals, effective Jan. 25, 2018. Following Rob's departure, Wayne Swanton, SVP, Global Operations has been promoted as EVP, Global Operations of Allergan.

$AGN {{ '2017-12-18T22:14:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN and its development partner Gedeon Richter Plc reported positive results from phase 3 study of cariprazine, which is used to treat the bipolar depression. Allergan plans to file the New Drug Application to the FDA in 2H18.

$IPXL {{ '2017-12-18T13:05:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC and $IPXL said Robert Stewart will join Amneal as President, effective Jan. 25, 2018. Stewart most recently served as COO of $AGN. After completion of combination of Amneal and $IPXL, Stewart will become President and CEO of the combined company, to be named Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc., and will become a BoD member.

$SPPI {{ '2017-12-18T12:56:05+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Biotechnology firm $SPPI has terminated Rajesh Shrotriya from the post of CEO. Joseph Turgeon, President and COO, has been assigned the additional role of CEO. Stuart Krassner, who serves as a director, was named Chairman of the Board. EVP and Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Riga has been appointed as the COO. The changes are effective immediately.

$REGN {{ '2017-12-18T12:38:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$REGN and ISA Pharmaceuticals announced a clinical collaboration to advance ISA101, an immunotherapy targeting human papillomavirus type 16-induced cancer, in combination with cemiplimab (REGN2810), a PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1) antibody. $REGN and ISA will jointly conduct trials of treatment in cervical cancer and head-and-neck cancer.

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