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Benzinga's Daily Biotech Pulse: Sarepta's DMD Gene Therapy, Anika's Flunked Trial, Eidos To Commence Trading

Benzinga's Daily Biotech Pulse: Sarepta's DMD Gene Therapy, Anika's Flunked Trial, Eidos To Commence Trading

Here's a roundup of top developments in the biotech space over the last 24 hours.

Scaling the Peaks

(Stocks hitting 52-week highs on June 19)

  • AngioDynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANGO)
  • Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY)
  • Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ARWR)
  • AtriCure Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRC)
  • Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co Ltd (NYSE: BHVN)
  • Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BLPH)
  • Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) (announced that FDA granted regenerative medicine advanced therapy designation to its late stage CD34+ cell therapy program for treating refractory angina)
  • CAS Medical Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CASM)
  • Champions Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CSBR)
  • Foundation Medicine Inc (NASDAQ: FMI)( Roche Holdings AG Basel ADR (OTC: RHHBY) said it would buy out the remaining stake it already doesn't own in the company)
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: JAZZ)
  • Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVO)
  • NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEO)
  • Regenxbio Inc (NASDAQ: RGNX)
  • Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT)(announced positive Phase 1/2 results for its Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene therapy)
  • Solid Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: SLDB)(moved in sympathy to Sarepta, as Solid also has a DMD therapy in it pipeline)
  • Unum Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: UMRX)

Down In The Dumps

(Stocks hitting 52-week lows on June 19)

  • Achieve Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ACHV)
  • Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN)
  • Cytori Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CYTX)
  • Invivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: NVIV)
  • Novartis AG (ADR) (NYSE: NVS)
  • Scpharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SCPH
  • Soligenix, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNGX)
  • Stellar Biotechnologies Inc (NASDAQ: SBOT)

Stocks In Focus

Anika Knee Osteoporosis Drug Fails In Late-stage Trial

Anika Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ANIK) announced top-line results from the Phase 3 study of CINGAL 16-02, which showed that the study did not meet the primary endpoint of pain reduction with CINGAL compared with triamcinolone hexacetonide, or TH, alone at 26 weeks.

The 16-02 trial compared CINGAL, a combination of cross-linked HA and TH, with TH alone and cross-linked HA in treating patients with osteoarthritis in the knee.

The company said, although CINGAL showed greater pain reduction numerically at every time point in study, the difference at 26 weeks did not reach statistical significance.

The stock slumped 20.86 percent to $36.50 in after-hours trading.

FDA Approves Addition of New Evidence For Novartis' Cosentyx

Novartis said the FDA approved the inclusion of new prescribing information of data showing that its cosentyx inhibits progression of joint structural damage is psoriatic arthritis.

See Also: The Week Ahead In Biotech: Conferences, Clinical Trials And IPOs

Apollo Endosurgery to Offer Shares

Apollo Endosurgery Inc (NASDAQ: APEN) said it plans to offer common shares in an underwritten public offering, with the entire shares being sold by the company.

The stock fell 2.68 percent to $5.45 in after-hours trading.

Obseva, Galmed Price Common Stock Offering

Obseva SA (NASDAQ: OBSV) said it has priced its underwritten public offering of 4.75 million shares at $15.39 per share. The company expects to generate gross proceeds of $73.1 million from the offering, and it intends to use the proceeds to fund the development of its three new chemical entities in its pipeline and invest in pre-commercial activities, and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd (NASDAQ: GLMD) priced its underwritten public offering of 5 million shares at $15 per share, with $75 million in gross proceeds expected from the offering.

Argenx Releases Interim Data On Autoimmune Disorder Drug

Argenx SE – ADR (NASDAQ: ARGX) announced interim data from the first cohort of the Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical trial of its ARGX-113, chemically efgartigimod', in treating pemphigus vulgaris patients, which showed that disease control was reached in three out of the six patients in one week. One patient reached disease control (signs of healing of existing lesions and the absence of new lesions) after four weeks, while two patients showed disease progression.

The therapy also has favorable tolerable effect, with the Independent Monitoring Committee recommending advancing to cohort 2.

On The Radar

Eidos Therapeutics, which is developing a therapy for transthyretin amyloidosis, a rare disease with no FDA-approved treatments, priced its initial public offering of 6.25 million shares at $17 apiece. The shares will begin trading on the Nasdaq under (NASDAQ: EIDX).

FDA Tidbits

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released a statement on the new guidance devised by the agency to help manufacturers implement protections against potential attacks on food supply. This includes development and implementation of a food defense plan by food facilities that identifies significant vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies.

Meanwhile, a separate communication from the FDA detailed the agency's response to the ongoing drug shortages for critical products such as IV fluids, injectable opioid analgesics and EpiPen.


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