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Merck & Company Inc. (new) 2000 Galloping Hill Road Kenilworth NJ, 7033
Merck & Co Inc is a health care company that delivers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products.
  • CEO: Kenneth C. Frazier
  • Employees: 69,000
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Industry: Drug Manufacturers
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  • The Daily Biotech Pulse: GSK, Vir To Start COVID-19 Antibody Study, Novartis In-Licenses BeiGene's Cancer Drug, Earnings Preannouncements Continue

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The stock was up 39.38% premarket Tuesday to $2.23.GSK, Vir To Begin COVID-19 Antibody Study In Patients With Mild-To-Moderate Infection GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK) and Vir Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: VIR) announced an agreement with the U.K.-based AGILE initiative to evaluate VIR-7832 in patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial.VIR-7832 is a neutralizing COVID-19 antibody that showed promising results in preclinical studies. It enhanced the ability to clear infected cells and possessed potential to enhance virus-specific T-cell function, which could help treat and/or prevent COVID-19 infection.The trial is expected to begin in the first quarter at multiple sites across the U.K.GlaxoSmithKline shares were down 0.53% premarket at $37.73. Roche To Present Positive Results For Late-Stage Kidney Cancer Combo Therapy Roche Holdings AG Basel ADR Common Stock (OTC: RHHBY) announced updated overall survival data from the Phase 3 IMbrave150 study evaluating Tecentriq in combination with Avastin, compared with Bayer AG's (OTC: BAYRY) Nexavar, in people with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma.The data showed that after a median follow-up of 15.6 months, Roche's combo reduced the risk of death by 34%, with a median overall survival of 19.2 months compared with 13.4 months for Nexavar."These results show that Tecentriq in combination with Avastin provides the longest survival that we've ever seen in a front-line Phase III study in unresectable HCC," said Levi Garraway, Roche's chief medical officer.Roche will present the data at the ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Sunday.Novartis In-Licenses BeiGene's Cancer Drug For $650M Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) and Beigene Ltd (NASDAQ: BGNE) signed a strategic collaboration agreement to in-license BeiGene's tislelizumab in major markets outside of China. Tislelizumab is an anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody specifically designed to minimize binding to FcγR on macrophages.The agreement provides for Novartis obtaining the development and commercialization rights to tislelizumab in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the EU, U.K., Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Russia and Japan in exchange for an upfront payment of $650 million plus royalties and milestone payments. BeiGene will retain the rights to tislelizumab in China and other countries. The transaction has been approved by the boards of both companies.BeiGene shares were up 2.12% premarket at $284.84. Amneal To Buy Specialty Pharms Company Kashiv Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: AMRX) announced an agreement to acquire a 98% interest in Kashiv Specialty Pharmaceuticals for a cash payment of $70 million at closing and a payment of $30 million at the one-year anniversary point of the deal. The company is engaged in the development of complex generics, innovative drug delivery platforms and novel 505(b)(2) drugs.Kashiv is also eligible to receive up to an additional $8 million in contingent payments upon the achievement of certain regulatory milestones. In addition to the foregoing contingent payments, Amneal has agreed to pay Kashiv certain royalty payments equal to an escalating percentage of aggregate annual net sales for certain pharmaceutical products.Related Link: The Week Ahead In Biotech (Jan 10-16): Expect Stocks To Move As J.P. 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The terms of the agreement also entitle Medivir to receive development and regulatory milestone payments up to a total of approximately $350 million, plus tiered royalties from the mid-single digits up to mid-teens on net sales.Adaptive Biotechnologies, AstraZeneca To Collaborate On Mapping Immune Response To Cancer Antigens Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp (NASDAQ: ADPT) announced a translational collaboration with AstraZeneca plc (NASDAQ: AZN) to investigate the use of immunoSEQ T-MAP -- a product that combines the sequencing and mapping capabilities of Adaptive's proprietary immune medicine platform to map T-cell receptors to antigens -- across AstraZeneca's oncology portfolio.Adaptive stands to receive quarterly payments plus sequencing and data mapping fees. In addition, AstraZeneca has an option to enter into a separate agreement with Adaptive for the development and commercialization of a companion diagnostic or therapeutic application based on T-MAP data.La Jolla Licenses European Rights To 2 Drugs For Up To $122M La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: LJPC) announced an exclusive licensing agreement with PAION AG for Giapreza and Xerava in the European Economic Area, the U.K. and Switzerland for an upfront cash payment of $22.5 million and potential commercial milestone payments of up to $109.5 million. La Jolla will also receive double-digit tiered royalty payments based on net sales.La Jolla shares were up 61.42% to $6.36 in premarket trading Tuesday.Merck's Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Accepted For Priority ReviewMerck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) said the FDA accepted for priority review a BLA for V114, its investigational 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, for the prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease in adults 18 and older. The FDA set a PDUFA goal date of July 18.In premarket trading Tuesday, Merck shares were adding 0.12% to $85.10.Pre-Announcements GenMark Diagnostics, Inc (NASDAQ: GNMK) preannounced full-year 2020 revenues of about $171 million, up 95% year-over-year, with ePlex revenues climbing 155% to $152 million.Fourth-quarter revenues are expected at $50 million, an 84% increase from a year-ago. Analysts, on average, estimate full-year revenues of $167.48 million and fourth-quarter revenues of $45.87 million.The stock was up 5.3% premarket at $16.30. Orthopediatrics Corp (NASDAQ: KIDS) announced preliminary fourth-quarter revenues of $21.7 million, up 14% year-over-year, and full-year revenues $73.8 million, representing annual growth of 2%. The consensus estimates call for revenues of $20.31 million for the quarter and $72.46 million for the full year.Offerings RedHill Biopharma Ltd (NASDAQ: RDHL) said it has entered into an underwriting agreement with H.C. Wainwright & Co. for the purchase on a firm commitment basis of 1.28 million ADSs at a price of $7.84 per ADS. The closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about Jan. 14, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.The stock was down 7.58% premarket at $8.05. Theratechnologies entered into an agreement with Mackie Research Capital as the lead underwriter and sole bookrunner, on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters, pursuant to which the underwriters have agreed to purchase, on a bought-deal basis, 14.55 million units of the company for aggregate gross proceeds of $40 million at a price of $2.75 per unit.The stock was declining 5.66% premarket to $3. MediciNova, Inc. 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