Licenses, Phase III Trial Initiation and Results, and Investments - Research Report on Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, AstraZeneca,

 Licenses, Phase III Trial Initiation and Results, and Investments - Research
     Report on Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Novartis, and GSK

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NEW YORK, August 14, 2013

NEW YORK, August 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts' Corner announced new research reports highlighting Johnson &
Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Sanofi SA (NYSE: SNY), AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE: AZN),
Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS), and GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK). Today's readers
may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets,
industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.

Johnson & Johnson Research Report

On August 8, 2013, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen-Cilag International NV
(Janssen) announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved VELCADE
(bortezomib) as an induction therapy in combination with dexamethasone (VD) or
thalidomide and dexamethasone (VTD). According to the Company, the license
extension applies to adult patients with previously-untreated multiple myeloma
who are eligible for high-dose chemotherapy with haematological stem cell
transplantation. Further, Janssen noted that the approval by the EC was based
on the analysis of data from two Phase III trials which demonstrated that
treatment with VELCADE-based induction improved post-induction and
post-transplant response rates as well as progression-free survival (PFS). The
Full Research Report on Johnson & Johnson - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge
at: [http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/07a8_JNJ]

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Sanofi SA Research Report

On August 5, 2013, Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi SA
(Sanofi), announced the initiation of its Phase III clinical program,
Cdiffense, to assess the safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of an
investigational vaccine for the prevention of primary symptomatic Clostridium
difficile infection (CDI). According to the Company, the investigational
vaccine aims to protect at-risk individuals from C. diff, which is reported to
be emerging as a leading cause of life-threatening, healthcare-associated
infections (HAIs) worldwide. The Company added that the vaccine is designed to
produce an immune response that targets the toxins generated by C. diff
bacteria. Further, Sanofi Pasteur noted that the Cdiffense Phase III clinical
program has recently started recruiting volunteers for a randomized,
observer-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center, multi-national trial. The
Full Research Report on Sanofi SA - including full detailed breakdown, analyst
ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/29ea_SNY]

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AstraZeneca PLC Research Report

On August 1, 2013, AstraZeneca PLC (AstraZeneca) reported Q2 2013 financial
results. The Company's revenue for Q2 2013 was $6.2 billion, down 6.4% YoY.
Core EPS for Q2 2013 stood at $1.20, compared with $1.57 per share in Q2 2012.
According to the Company, revenue impact from products that have recently lost
exclusivity has moderated to around $500 million, less than half of the impact
seen in Q1 2013. Further, the Company reported a 4% YoY increase in the rest
of the portfolio revenue attributable to a double-digit increase from the five
growth platforms. AstraZeneca also announced the addition of three late-stage
assets in core therapeutic areas of cardiovascular/metabolism and respiratory
diseases. "We have made real progress in the second quarter against our
strategic priorities despite the anticipated impact on revenue of the loss of
exclusivity for some brands," said Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca. The Full
Research Report on AstraZeneca PLC - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge
at: [http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/09cc_AZN]

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Novartis AG Research Report

On August 7, 2013, Novartis AG (Novartis) announced that its global Phase III
study demonstrated that Afinitor (everolimus) was not able to extend overall
survival compared to placebo in patients with locally advanced or metastatic
hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after progression on or intolerance to
sorafenib. The Company added that it will not proceed with regulatory filings
of Afinitor in this indication. However, Novartis noted that the results of
the HCC trial will not impact the worldwide approval of Afinitor for other
indications such as hormone receptor positive advanced breast cancer, advanced
pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, and advanced renal cell carcinoma. According
to Novartis, Everolimus is also in Phase III development for other diseases,
and the results of the trials are expected in 2014 and 2015. The Full Research
Report on Novartis AG - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and
price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/9b6d_NVS]

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GlaxoSmithKline plc Research Report

On August 8, 2013, GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) announced the launch of Action
Potential Venture Capital (APVC) Limited, a new $50 million strategic venture
fund that will invest in companies that pioneer bioelectronics medicines and
technologies. The Company added that the fund's first investment will be in
SetPoint Medical, a California company involved in creating implantable
devices to treat inflammatory diseases. "We want to help create the medicines
of the future and be the catalyst for this work," said Moncef Slaoui, Chairman
of R&D and Architect of GSK's early stage investment strategy. "GSK can play
the integrating role that is needed to drive this new of medical treatment all
the way from the bench to the patient and this fund is a key part of our
efforts." APVC intends to build a portfolio of five to seven companies over
the next five years. The Full Research Report on GlaxoSmithKline plc -
including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/2a35_GSK]

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