Aetna (AET) to Acquire Humana (HUM) for $37 Billion, or $230/Share Jul 3, 2015 09:11AM

As rumored, Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced early Friday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at $37 billion or approximately $230 per Humana share based on the closing price of Aetna common shares on July 2, 2015.

The complementary combination brings together Humana’s growing Medicare Advantage business with Aetna’s... (continue reading...)

Auris Medical Holding (EARS) Receives Two New U.S. Patents Jul 2, 2015 05:11PM

Auris Medical Holding (NASDAQ: EARS) announced two recent additions to its U.S. intellectual property portfolio. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") has issued an Issue Notification for U.S. Patent Application No. 14/448,999, titled "Methods for the Treatment of Tinnitus Induced by Cochlear Excitotoxicity," which will issue as U.S. Patent No. 9,072,662 on July 7, 2015. The patent's key claim is directed to the use of a pharmaceutical composition comprising... (continue reading...)

Heallthcare Realty Trust (HR) Announces Sale of Two Indiana Net Lease Properties in $97M Deal Jul 2, 2015 05:04PM

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE: HR) announced that on June 30, 2015, the Company sold two single-tenant net lease properties totaling 176,000 square feet in Indianapolis, Indiana for $97.0 million. The properties include a 118,000 square foot orthopedic inpatient surgical hospital and an attached 58,000 square foot medical office building.

Healthcare Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust that integrates owning, managing, financing and developing... (continue reading...)

International Game Tech (IGT) Enters Agreement with Veikkaus Oy for e-Commerce Solution Jul 2, 2015 05:03PM

International Game Tech (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish lottery operator Veikkaus Oy to deliver an enhanced Player Services e-commerce solution, while also extending the support and service it provides to Veikkaus' current Internet and mobile platform until 2018.

"Based on IGT's comprehensive experience in the government-regulated Internet market, we are able to provide pioneering lotteries such as Veikkaus Oy with a platform that... (continue reading...)

Kyocera (KYO), Microsoft (MSFT) Expand Licensing Agreement Jul 2, 2015 05:01PM

Kyocera (NYSE: KYO) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced they have signed an agreement expanding on a prior patent licensing arrangement. The new agreement enables the companies to use a broader range of each other's technologies in their respective products through a patent cross-license.

In addition to strengthening the partnership between the two companies, it also resolves a patent infringement lawsuit brought earlier this year in U.S. District Court. The... (continue reading...)

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