Category Archives: Corporate

Glaxo, Google Parent Create $715 Million Bioelectronic Medicines Venture

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) and Google parent Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View CA) have teamed up to develop what they call bioelectronic medicines, or treatments that use miniature implanted electronic devices to modify how electrical impulses are… Read more »

Valeant Plummets on Criminal Probe of Philidor Unit

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (Laval Quebec) did an about-face and fell 11% on Thursday as new details about a criminal investigation into the drugmaker reignited investor concerns about the company’s… Read more »

Bristol-Myers’ Opdivo Fails in Key Lung-Cancer Study; Shares Plunge, as Do Patients’ Hopes

A cancer drug’s surprise failure in a clinical trial erased $20 billion from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s (New York City) market value Friday, and raised serious questions about one of the industry’s… Read more »

UnitedHealth 2Q Profit Falls 51%, But Don’t be Misled by the Merger Mania and What UNH Stands to Gain

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN) posted strong earnings for its latest quarter as revenue continued to surge in its pharmacy-services business. The company, which is the biggest U.S. health insurer, also gave… Read more »

Biogen’s 2Q Profit Crushes Views; CEO to Depart

Biogen Inc. (Cambridge MA) stock jumped Thursday after the drugmaker reported strong sales of some of its newest treatments for multiple sclerosis and hemophilia. The company’s net income and sales… Read more »

Department of Justice Sues Anthem, Aetna to Block Insurer Mergers

Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) said its proposed $48 billion merger with rival health insurer Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) will lower consumer costs and extend coverage to more people, in response… Read more »

GlaxoSmithKline Taps Apple’s ResearchKit for Arthritis Study

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple Inc.’s (Cupertino CA) ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to… Read more »

Aetna Said to Meet with DOJ on Friday about Humana Deal

Aetna Inc. (Hartford CT) executives met with top Justice Department antitrust officials on Friday to convince the government that asset sales it proposed would address potential competitive problems that could… Read more »

Medtronic Buys HeartWare for $1.1 Billion

Medtronic PLC (Dublin) said it agreed to acquire HeartWare International Inc. (Framingham MA) for $1.1 billion, adding more heart-treatment products to the giant medical-device maker. Medtronic will pay $58 a share in cash for… Read more »