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Deutsche Bank Bullish On Biogen: New Data Doesn't Change Probability Of Success For Alzheimer's

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In a report issued Wednesday, Deutsche Bank analysts Robyn Karnauskas, Mohit Bansal and Evan Seigerman maintained a Buy rating and $460.00 price target on shares of Biogen Inc (NASDAQ: BIIB), following the results for its Phase 1 Alzheimer's study, in which a 6mg Aducanumab dose failed to significantly slow mental deterioration.

The experts assured they don’t see any major changes to the probability of the Alzheimer's Program. In fact, the company told the firm that “data are directionally in right direction and [thus] they continue to go ahead with their phase 3 plans.”

According to the note, the analysts think with phase 1b success they can only assign a 25 percent probability to Alzheimer’s. Moreover, the 6mg data does not change this view.

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Deutsche Bank feels encouraged that “the CRD-SB (clinical dementia rating sum of boxes; the same measure being used as the primary endpoint in the ph 3) for 6 mg is between the results of 3 and 10 mg/ kg doses.” Morever, they are “not worried about the non-stat. sig. benefit in this trial, as the trial was very small.”

At this point, the dosage Biogen will use in the phase 3 trials is unknown. Deutsche Bank, for its part, continues to wait for dose titration data, expected in 2016.

Shares of Biogen fell more than 4 percent on Wednesday trading.

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