RxNews Recap for Friday 12-11-09 Print E-mail
By Mary Davila   
Friday, 11 December 2009 18:46
Below is a list of the companies that made news in the healthcare sector on Friday, December 11, 2009.


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Genentech, Inc. a wholly owned member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), and Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB) announced today a Phase III study (STAGE) of the investigational humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody ocrelizumab given in combination with methotrexate (MTX) met its primary endpoint of improving signs and symptoms (as measured by American College of Rheumatology or ACR20 response) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who had an inadequate response to MTX at both 24 and 48 weeks.

Seattle Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGEN) today reported that it has been notified by Genentech, a wholly owned member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), that Genentech has elected to terminate the companies’ collaboration agreement for dacetuzumab (SGN-40). Dacetuzumab is a monoclonal antibody targeting CD40 that has been investigated in clinical trials for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NasdaqGM:SPPI), a commercial stage biotechnology company with a primary focus in oncology, today announced that clinical data on ZEVALIN (ibritumomab tiuxetan) was presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), which was held December 5-8, 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) today announced its presentation at the Deutsche Bank Securities Biotech Boston Confab Conference on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. ET will be webcast live and will be available in the investor relations section of the company’s Web site at www.celgene.com.

The European Commission has granted Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) a European marketing authorization for its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Prevenar 13* (Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine [13-valent, adsorbed]).

Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSI) announced today that Chief Executive Officer David Blair and other Catalyst executives will provide an overview of the Company’s growth strategy, financial results and business outlook at NASDAQ’s headquarters on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.

Neoprobe Corporation (OTCBB: NEOP), a diversified developer of innovative oncology surgical and diagnostic products, today announced that researchers who participated in the breast cancer arm of a Phase 3 clinical evaluation of Lymphoseek® presented data from their clinical experience at the International San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Biogen Idec Inc.(NASDAQ:BIIB) today reiterated that its all-cash $17.50 per share tender offer for Facet Biotech Corporation (NASDAQ:FACT) represents its best-and-final offer. Biogen Idec believes its offer fairly values Facet.

Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBST) today announced that a trial date has been set for patent litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc. (TPM), Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. alleging infringement of Cubist’s US Patent Nos. 6,468,967 and 6,852,689, which expire on September 24, 2019, and US Patent No. RE39,071, which expires on June 15, 2016.

GTx, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTXI) today announced a reduction in force reflecting the delay in the potential commercialization of toremifene 80 mg to reduce fractures in men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).

Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX), announced today that Howard Solomon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer exercised stock options for 1,200,000 shares which are expiring in December 2009 having reached the end of their 10-year term.



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