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Everyone wants to believe that the $1 biotech stock they own today will be a $10 stock tomorrow. human genome is one of the great speculative success stories this year. so is vanda pharmaceuticals (vnda quote) and even, dare i say it, cell therapeutics. Carl William Brown
Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (Cell Therapeutics) develops, acquires and commercializes treatments for cancer. The Company’s research, development, acquisition and in-licensing activities concentrate on identifying and developing new, less toxic and effective ways to treat cancer. Cell Therapeutics is developing pixantrone (BBR 2778), a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) major groove binder with an aza-anthracenedione molecular structure, differentiating it from anthracycline chemotherapy agents. A new chemical compound for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), and various other hematologic malignancies, solid tumors, and immunological disorders, pixantrone is being developed to improve activity and safety in treating cancers treated with the anthracycline family of anti-cancer agents. It is developing OPAXIO (paclitaxel poliglumex), which was previously referred to as XYOTAX, for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and ovarian cancer.
Novavax, Inc. (Novavax) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on creating differentiated, value-added vaccines that improve upon preventive options for a range of infectious diseases. These vaccines leverage its virus-like particle (VLP) platform technology coupled with a disposable production technology. VLPs are genetically engineered three-dimensional nanostructures, which incorporate immunologically important lipids and recombinant proteins. Novavax’s VLPs resemble the virus but lack the genetic material to replicate the virus. Its production technology uses insect cells rather than chicken eggs or mammalian cells. The Company’s product targets include vaccines against the H5N1 and other subtypes of avian influenza with pandemic potential, human seasonal influenza, Varicella Zoster, which causes shingles, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This RSV vaccine was announced on October 30, 2008.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) is engaged in the discovery, development, licensing, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of pharmaceutical and nutritional products. The Company had two segments: Pharmaceuticals and Nutritionals. The Pharmaceuticals segment is made up of the global pharmaceutical and international consumer medicines business. The Nutritionals segment consists of Mead Johnson Nutritionals (Mead Johnson), primarily an infant formula and children’s nutritionals business. In June 2008, BMS acquired Kosan Biosciences, Inc., a developer of oncology products. In August 2008, the Company completed the divestiture of its ConvaTec business to Cidron Healthcare Limited, an affiliate of Nordic Capital Fund VII and Avista. In December 2008, BMS completed the sale of its brand business in Egypt to GlaxoSmithKline. In July 2009, the Company's branded generics business, which comprises a portfolio of 13 branded pharmaceuticals was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc.
Immunomedics, Inc. is a New Jersey-based biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development of monoclonal, antibody-based products for the targeted treatment of cancer, autoimmune and other serious diseases. It has developed a number of advanced technologies that allow it to create humanized antibodies that can be used either alone in unlabeled or naked form, or conjugated with radioactive isotopes, chemotherapeutics or toxins, in each case to create targeted agents. It has licensed its product candidate epratuzumab, to UCB S.A. (UCB), for the treatment of all autoimmune disease indications. Epratuzumab’s advanced clinical testing is for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). It has retained the rights for epratuzumab in oncology indications, subject to UCB’s buy-in option, and is advancing trials in lymphoma and in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), in cooperation with National Cancer Institute Study Groups.
Corcept Therapeutics, Inc. is a United States-based pharmaceutical company. The Company is involved in the discovery and development of drugs that regulate the effects of cortisol or also known as the stress hormone. Founded on 1998, it has focused its research and clinical development activity on drugs that block the glucocorticoid receptor or GR-II receptor, one of the bodys two receptors of cotrisol. Korlym (mifepristone) is a cortisol receptor blocker indicated to control hyperglycemia secondary to hypercortisolism in adult patients with endogenous Cushing's syndrome who have type 2 diabetes mellitus or glucose intolerance and have failed surgery or are not candidates for surgery.
ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARIAD) is a global oncology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines for the cancer patients. ARIAD’s first medicine, Iclusig, is approved in the United States for the treatment of adult patients with chronic, accelerated or blast phase chronic myeloid leukemia that is resistant or intolerant to prior tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy or Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia that is resistant or intolerant to prior TKI therapy. As of January 11, 2013, additional clinical trials of Iclusig in other cancers were ongoing. As of January 11, 2013, ARIAD also studied AP26113, another molecularly targeted medicine, in certain forms of lung cancer.
ArQule, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the research and development of cancer therapeutics. It employs technologies, such as its ArQule Kinase Inhibitor Platform to design and develop drugs. Its product is ARQ 197, an orally administered inhibitor of the c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase (c-Met). C-Met is a target for cancer therapy, based on its multiple roles in cancerous cell proliferation, tumor spread, new blood vessel formation and resistance to certain drug therapies. It has licensed commercial rights to ARQ 197 for human cancer indications to Daiichi Sankyo in the United States, Europe, South America and the rest of the world, excluding Japan and other Asian countries, where it has licensed commercial rights to Kyowa Hakko Kirin. In August 2011, Kyowa Hakko Kirin announced the initiation of the Phase III ATTENTION (Asian Trial of Tivantinib plus Erlotinib vs. Erlotinib for NSCLC without EGFR Mutation) trial of tivantinib in combination with erlotinib.
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Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI) is a contract research and manufacturing company. The Company provides customers with fully integrated drug discovery, development and manufacturing services. The Company operates in two segments: Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) and Discovery, Drug Development and Small Scale Manufacturing (DDS). Its LSM segment activities include pilot to commercial scale production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates, sterile syringe and vial filling and high potency and controlled substance manufacturing and its remaining activities, including drug lead discovery, optimization, drug development, and small scale commercial manufacturing represent its DDS business segment. AMRI supplies a range of services and technologies that support the discovery and development of pharmaceutical products and the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and drug product for existing and experimental new drugs.
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Arena) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing oral drugs that target G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), in four therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, central nervous system, inflammatory and metabolic diseases. After completing various studies, analyses and other activities in response to the lorcaserin CRL, in December 2011, the Company resubmitted the lorcaserin NDA. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH (Arena GmbH), has granted Eisai Inc., rights to commercialize lorcaserin in the United States and its territories and possessions, subject to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the lorcaserin NDA. As of December 31, 2011, the Company’s earlier-stage programs included APD811, an internally discovered, orally available agonist of the prostacyclin receptor intended for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Antigenics Inc. (Antigenics), is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing technologies to treat cancers and infectious diseases, primarily based on immunological approaches. The Company’s principal product candidate is Oncophage (vitespen), a patient-specific therapeutic cancer vaccine. Oncophage has been tested in Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma, the common type of kidney cancer, and for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. It has also been tested in Phase I and Phase II clinical trials in a range of indications and is in a Phase II clinical trial in recurrent glioma, a type of brain cancer. The Company’s product candidate portfolio also includes QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant (QS-21), which is used in numerous vaccines, AG-707, a therapeutic vaccine program for the treatment of genital herpes and Aroplatin, a liposomal chemotherapeutic for the treatment of solid malignancies and B-cell lymphomas
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( Spectrum) is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company, engaged in developing and commercializing therapies with a focus primarily in the areas of hematology-oncology and urology. The Company’s product is apaziquone (formerly EOquin), which is in two Phase 3 clinical trials for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer under a collaboration with Allergan Inc. Another drug, ozarelix is in a Phase 2 clinical trial for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). On December 15, 2008, Spectrum and Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) partnered to form a joint venture, RIT Oncology, LLC (RIT), to develop Zevalin ([90Y]-ibritumomab tiuxetan) in the United States. Its subsidiaries include OncoRx Pharma Private Limited, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals GmbH, RIT Oncology, LLC and Spectrum Pharma Canada. During the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company dissolved NeoJB LLC.
Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (Brainstorm) is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in developing stem cell therapeutic products based on technologies enabling the in-vitro differentiation of bone marrow stem cells to neural-like cells. The Company focuses on utilizing the patient’s own bone marrow stem cells to generate neurotrophic factors (NTF) cells that may provide treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), parkinson’s disease (PD) and spinal cord injury. The Company’s technology is based on the NurOwn products, an autologous cell therapeutic modality, consisting of the extraction of the patient bone marrow, processed into neuronal-like cells and re-implanted into the patient’s muscles or brain.
Human Genome Sciences (HGS)is a commercially focused biopharmaceutical company. The Company has three products in late-stage clinical development: Albuferon for chronic hepatitis C, LymphoStat-B for systemic lupus erythematosus and ABthraxtm for inhalation anthrax. Albuferon and LymphoStat-B are progressing toward commercialization. In December 2008, the Company reported that Albuferon met its primary endpoint in the first of two Phase III clinical trials in chronic hepatitis C. HGS also has several drugs in earlier stages of clinical development for the treatment of cancer, led by its TRAIL receptor antibody HGS-ETR1 and a small-molecule antagonist of IAP (inhibitor of apoptosis) proteins.
Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that
develops, manufactures and markets a family of products, based on
its platform technology called Microcyn, intended to help prevent
and treat infections in chronic and acute wounds. Microcyn is a
non-irritating oxychlorine compound designed to treat a range of
pathogens, including viruses, fungi, spores and antibiotic-resistant
strains of bacteria, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA), and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), in
wounds. Its device product is cleared for sale in the United States
as a 510(k) medical device for wound cleaning, debridement,
lubricating, moistening and dressing; is a device under Conformite
Europeenne (CE) Mark in Europe; is approved by the State Food and
Drug Administration (SFDA), in China as a technology that reduces
the propagation of microbes in wounds and creates a moist
environment for wound healing, and is approved as a drug in India
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