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Investment Grants, Data Presentations, Clinical Study Results, and Collaborative Programs - Analyst Notes on UnitedHealth Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AbbVie, Cigna, and OXiGENE

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NEW YORK, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts Review released its analysts' notes regarding UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY), AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV), Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI), and OXiGENE, Inc. (NASDAQ: OXGN). Private wealth members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at:


UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Analyst Notes

On March 11, 2014, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UnitedHealth Group) announced that its UnitedHealthcare business has provided a $1.0 million grant for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center's Office for Community Child Health (OCCH) to help improve care delivery and address critical public health issues for children. UnitedHealthcare expects the grant to help create a Maintenance of Certification program to train primary care paediatricians in managing diseases. "We are proud to partner with UnitedHealthcare to support pediatricians' lifelong learning and professional development," said Paul Dworkin, M.D., Director of OCCH. "Together, we will enhance the quality and capacity of pediatric care to address an array of critical health issues, and help promote the healthy development of children in Connecticut and nationwide." The full analyst notes on UnitedHealth Group Incorporated are available to download free of charge at:


Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Analyst Notes

On March 5, 2014, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (Bristol-Myers Squibb) presented 24-week Phase IIb data that demonstrated similar response rates for its investigational compound, BMS-663068, when compared to a boosted protease inhibitor, Reyataz with ritonavir. According to the Company, the study, which was presented at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), highlights the unique mechanism of action of the investigational prodrug BMS-663068, which when converted into BMS-626529, a novel attachment inhibitor, prevents initial viral attachment to the host CD4+ T cell and entry into the host immune cell. "These study results are encouraging and support further development of BMS-663068 as we continue to look for ways to treat people living with HIV, especially those who have exhausted available therapies and are difficult to treat," said Douglas Manion, M.D., Senior Vice President of Development, Virology at Bristol-Myers Squibb. The full analyst notes on Bristol-Myers Squibb Company are available to download free of charge at:


AbbVie Inc. Analyst Notes

On March 3, 2014, AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie) presented the first detailed results of its pivotal phase III study, PEARL-III, at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). The Company informed that PEARL-III evaluated the efficacy and safety of 12 weeks of treatment with AbbVie's investigational therapy with or without ribavirin (RBV) in non-cirrhotic, adult patients with chronic genotype 1b (GT1b) hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection who were new to treatment. The results revealed that PEARL-III was able to meet its primary and secondary endpoints. "We are excited about the strong PEARL-III results which demonstrate the AbbVie regimen achieved high SVR rates with no discontinuations due to adverse events in patients new to treatment with genotype 1b infection," said Scott Brun, M.D., Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development at AbbVie. "Additionally, with these data, we continue to be on track to begin major regulatory submissions in the second quarter of 2014. AbbVie will continue to disclose additional detailed phase III study results at future scientific congresses and in publications." The full analyst notes on AbbVie Inc. are available to download free of charge at:


Cigna Corporation Analyst Notes

On March 3, 2014, Cigna Corporation (Cigna) and the Baton Rouge Clinic announced that they have launched a collaborative accountable care initiative, which aims to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination, and achieve the "triple aim" of improved health, affordability, and patient experience. Under the program, the Baton Rouge Clinic will monitor and coordinate all aspects of an individual's medical care. "We look forward to expanding our collaborative accountable care program across Louisiana with the addition of the Baton Rouge Clinic," said Mark Netoskie, M.D., Senior Medical Director for Louisiana at Cigna. "Our goal is to create a health care system focused on providing quality care for the patient, which will ultimately lead to a healthier population and lower medical costs." The full analyst notes on Cigna Corporation are available to download free of charge at:


OXiGENE, Inc. Analyst Notes

On March 11, 2014, OXiGENE, Inc. (OXiGENE) announced positive results from a randomized Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating Avastin (bevacizumab) with or without ZYBRESTAT (fosbretabulin; CA4P) to treat patients with recurrent ovarian cancer.  OXiGENE stated that the study has met its primary endpoint of a statistically significant increase in progression-free survival for the combination, as compared to bevacizumab alone. "ZYBRESTAT is the first vascular disrupting agent to show a statistically significant progression-free survival benefit, and we are evaluating next steps to advance this combination to patients in need," said Peter Langecker, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of OXiGENE. The full analyst notes on OXiGENE, Inc. are available to download free of charge at:


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