Asian equities traded mixed on Monday as a cautious sentiment set in after fresh conflict in Ukraine at the weekend.» Read More
Chugai denied over the weekend that it was in talks with Roche over a buyout but investors dismissed the statement, sending the shares limit-up in early trade, to a record 4,015 yen, before closing up 15.4 percent at 3,825 yen.
TOKYO, Aug 18- Japan's Nikkei ended flat on Monday in thin trade as geopolitical tensions dulled risk appetite, but Chugai Pharmaceutical jumped on a media report that Roche Holding AG's may be close to sealing a deal to take full ownership of the Japanese drugmaker. The Nikkei was flat at 15,322.60 in choppy trade.
TOKYO, Aug 18- Japan's Nikkei was choppy on Monday morning as geopolitical tensions checked risk appetite, but Chugai Pharmaceutical jumped on a media report that Roche Holding AG's may be close to sealing a deal to gain full ownership of the Japanese drugmaker.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 17- Biotech drug production techniques based on plants, which may prove to be faster, higher yielding and cheaper than current methods using mammalian cells, haven't caught on with the biggest pharmaceutical companies.
NORWICH, England, Aug 17- Pampering leafcutter ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab in eastern England think it's well worth trying.
TOKYO, Aug 17- Chugai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd has denied a media report saying Roche Holding AG is in talks to buy the almost 40 percent stake in the Japanese company that it does not already own for about $10 billion. The Japanese firm, in a news release late on Saturday, said the media report "is not based on any announcement made by Chugai or Roche."
*VIX jumps on Russia, Ukraine concerns. NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stocks ended mixed on Friday, paring an earlier selloff sparked by reports of Ukraine shelling a Russian armored column.
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A spokeswoman for Roche declined to comment on the report. There has long been speculation that Roche might swallow Chugai- following a similar buyout of U.S. biotech group Genentech in 2009- to maximise exposure to the Japanese drugs market, the world's second largest after the United States.
Aug 15- Gilead Sciences Inc said an arbitration panel rejected Roche Holding AG's patent infringement claims related to Gilead's hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi.
Aug 15- Roche Holding AG is in talks to buy the almost 40 percent stake in Japan's Chugai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd that it does not already own for about $10 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Aug 15- Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc said all patients treated with its experimental hepatitis C drug showed no detectable levels of the virus four weeks after the therapy, sending its shares up 18 percent. Achievement of 100 percent cure rate confirms the competitive profile of NS5A, Wells Fargo Securities analyst Brian Abrahams wrote in a note.
WASHINGTON— The Food and Drug Administration has approved Genentech's Avastin for a new use against late-stage cervical cancer, the seventh indication for the blockbuster biotech drug. The FDA approved the drug late Thursday for women with cervical cancer that is persistent, recurrent or has spread to other parts of the body.
Aug 15- Gilead Sciences Inc said an arbitration panel has ruled in its favor, rejecting patent infringement claims from Roche Holding AG, related to Gilead's hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi.
NEW YORK, Aug 13- Biotechnology company InterMune Inc is working with financial advisers to evaluate strategic options as it braces for potential takeover interest from larger drugmakers, people familiar with the matter said.
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Aug 1- Biota Pharmaceuticals Inc said its influenza treatment failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study, about two months after the company lost a key government contract supporting the drug's development.
LONDON, July 31- AstraZeneca is accelerating its push into cancer immunotherapy, with plans to test a key experimental drug in new tumor types. AstraZeneca said it would present further data looking at MEDI4736 in lung cancer, as well as early results for head and neck cancer, in September at the annual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Eylea for the treatment of diabetic macular edema.
BEIJING, July 28- Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.