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Biopharma News: Amarin Corporation plc (ADR) (AMRN), GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (GSK), Abbott Laboratories (ABT)

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Editor’s Note: Related Tickers: Amarin Corporation plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:AMRN), GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX), Obagi Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMPI)

Amarin Says FDA Accepts Supplemental New Drug Application for Vascepa (Fox Business)
Amarin Corporation plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:AMRN) said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted its supplemental new drug application for the cholesterol-reducing fish-oil pill Vascepa and has set a Dec. 20 target date to complete its regulatory review. “We are very pleased that the FDA has accepted our sNDA submission for the Anchor indication, which supports the potential expansion of the Vascepa patient population to include adult patients on statin therapy with triglyceride levels ranging from 200 to 499 [micrograms per decilitre] and mixed dyslipidemia,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Joseph S. Zakrzewski.

Amarin Corporation plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:AMRN)Credit: Amarin Corporation plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:AMRN)

Glaxo in Drug-Discovery Deal (Wall Street Journal)
GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK) will partner with venture capitalists from San Diego in an unusual deal worth up to $495 million to start several drug-discovery firms over the next three years. Under the collaboration, the British drug company will provide financing and technical support to small startups established by Avalon Ventures to explore promising targets for drugs. Glaxo will have to sign off on each startup, and if a technology pans out, Glaxo will have first rights on buying the startup, according to the drug maker and venture-capital firm. Avalon will contribute up to $30 million in funding, while GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK) could pay as much as $465 million in seed funding and payments if various development milestones are met.

Russia rejects Abbott Laboratories’ plan to buy Petrovax (Reuters)
Russia’s government commission on foreign investment has turned down U.S. group Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT)’s request to buy Russian vaccine maker Petrovax, the head of Russia’s competition regulator said on Friday. “The commission has reviewed the question about the sale to U.S. company Abbott of Petrovax Pharm. As a result of very lengthy discussion the U.S. company was denied to make this deal,” Igor Artemyev, head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS), told reporters.

Valeant Pharma Gets Antitrust Clearance In U.S For Acquisition Of Obagi Medical (RTT News)
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) announced Monday that it has received antitrust clearance in the United States for its previously announced acquisition of Obagi Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMPI) at a price of $24.00 per share. The completion of the tender offer is also conditioned on approval of the transactions by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine or “AMC” for purposes of compliance with applicable Ukrainian antimonopoly law and the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock of Obagi.

Amarin wins U.S. nod to add S. Korea supplier (Hartford Business)
Irish drug developer Amarin Corporation plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:AMRN), whose research base is Stonington, won the blessing of federal drug regulators to contract with a South Korea company as a second global source of the active ingredient in its patented cardiovascular treatment, Vascepa, authorities say. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s approval of Amarin’s supplemental new drug application to bring aboard Korea’s Chemport Inc. to supply Vascepa’s active pharmaceutical ingredient, icosapent ethyl.

Forbes Earnings Preview: GlaxoSmithKline (Forbes)
Analysts have become increasingly bearish on GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK) in the month leading up to the company’s first quarter earnings announcement scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The consensus analyst estimate has moved from 85 cents a share to…

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