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Heat Biologics Cools Off, Bluebird Bio Heats Up

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Heat Biologics Cools Off, Bluebird Bio Heats Up
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In a classic example of how trial results can impact stock prices, shares of Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) plunged 58 percent in the Thursday’s pre-market hours following a negative outcome of its bladder cancer study, while bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ: BLUE)’s impressive early cancer studies propelled the stock by 22 percent.

The Trials

Heat Biologics said its phase 2 trial of Vesigenurtacel-L (HS-410) in combination with BCG in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) failed to meet primary endpoint. The primary endpoint was proportion of recurrence-free survival at one year between the vaccine and placebo arms of the trial.

the other hand, bluebird bio said early data from its ongoing Phase 1 study of bb2121 showed objective anti-tumor responses in heavily pre-treated multiple myeloma patients. bluebird bio is developing bb2121 in collaboration with Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG).

Recent Stock Performance

Shares of Durham, North Carolina-based Heat Biologics closed Wednesday’s trading at $2.87, while bluebird bio ended trading at $60.35.

In the pre-market hours Thursday, Heat Biologics sank 58 percent to $1.20, while Cambridge, Massachusetts-based bluebird bio surged 22.54 percent to $73.95. Shares of Celegene too gained 1.6 percent to $120.45 on the news.

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