Skip to main content

Market Overview

The Daily Biotech Pulse: EC Nod For Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kyowa Kirin's Parkinson's Add-On Therapy Approved

The Daily Biotech Pulse: EC Nod For Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kyowa Kirin's Parkinson's Add-On Therapy Approved

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

Scaling The Peaks

(Biotech stocks hitting 52-week highs on Aug. 27)

  • Castle Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CSTL)
  • The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO)

Down In The Dumps

(Biotech stocks hitting 52-week lows on Aug. 27)

  • Abeona Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ABEO)
  • Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADXS)
  • Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AGIO)
  • Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALDR)
  • Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ALDX)
  • Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALIM)
  • AnaptysBio Inc (NASDAQ: ANAB)
  • Assembly Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: ASMB)
  • Cancer Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: CGIX)
  • Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CBIO)
  • Clearside Biomedical Inc (NASDAQ: CLSD)
  • Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CRNX)
  • DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DMPI)(announced that its current cash position will be sufficient to complete enrollment in all three patient groups of its two ongoing Phase 2 trials for its lead compound VAL-083, which is likely to occur by the fourth quarter of 2020)
  • ICU Medical, Incorporated (NASDAQ: ICUI)
  • Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALA)
  • Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE: MNK)(reacted to an unfavorable ruling on a patent infringement lawsuit regarding its inhaled nitric oxide product)
  • Neuralstem, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUR)
  • Novus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NVUS)
  • Obalon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OBLN)
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN)
  • Regenxbio Inc (NASDAQ: RGNX)
  • Revance Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RVNC)(announced an amended agreement with Mylan NV (NASDAQ: MYL), extending the timeline for Mylan to decide whether to develop a Botox biosimilar)
  • Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIGL)
  • Strongbridge Biopharma plc (NASDAQ: SBBP)
  • Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SUPN)
  • Tocagen Inc (NASDAQ: TOCA)
  • Trinity Biotech plc (NASDAQ: TRIB)
  • Unity Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: UBX)
  • Viveve Medical Inc (NASDAQ: VIVE)
  • Zafgen Inc (NASDAQ: ZFGN)

Stocks In Focus

EC Approves Bristol-Myers Squibb-AbbVie's Multiple Myeloma Drug

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) announced the European Commission approved Empliciti plus pomalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone for the treatment of adults with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma, who have received at least two prior therapies, including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor, and have demonstrated disease progression on the last therapy.

The triple combo regimen was approved in the U.S. in November 2018.

Empliciti is being developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV), with the former solely responsible for commercial activities.

Bristol-Myers Squibb shares edged up 0.15% to $48 in after-hours trading.

Soligenix Says Data Monitoring Committee Recommends Increase In Sample Size

Soligenix, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ: SNGX) said it has received a positive recommendation from the independent Data Monitoring Committee for continued enrollment into its Phase 3 "DOM–INNATE" study that is evaluating its SGX942 for the treatment of oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer.

The company noted that the IDMC recommended about 70 additional subjects to be randomized in the trial, increasing the study sample size from 190 to 260 evaluable subjects.

"The study remains on target to complete enrollment and provide topline results in the first half of 2020," the company said.

The stock was down 0.92% to $1.08 in pre-market trading.

Japan's Kyowa Kirin Gets FDA Nod For Add-on Drug For Parkinson's Disease

Kyowa Kirin Co Ltd (OTC: KYKOF) announced FDA approval for Nourianz tablets as an add-on treatment to levodopa/carbidopa in adult patients with Parkinson's disease experiencing off episodes. An "off" episode is a time when a patient's medications are not working well, causing an increase in PD symptoms, such as tremor and difficulty walking.

Zealand Pharma Appoints Matthew Dallas as CFO

ZEALAND PHARMA/S ADR (NASDAQ: ZEAL) announced the appointment of Matthew Dallas as VP and CFO, effective Oct. 7, 2019. Dallas most recently served as CFO of AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVEO), and would be joining Zealand Pharma at a time when the company begins its commercialization efforts.

Medtronic Announces Planned Retirement Of CEO

Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT) said its Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak has announced his intention to retire as CEO on April 26, 2020. Following the relinquishment of office as CEO, Ishrak will transition to the role of Executive Chairman.

The company also said its board has appointed Geoff Martha, currently EVP of Restorative Therapies Group, as President of the company and also to the board, effective Nov. 1, 2019. Martha will succeed as Ishrak as CEO, effective April 27, 2020.

On The Radar


IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. (OTC: IPCIF) awaits FDA nod for its NDA for its abuse-deterrent pain medication Rexista. An Adcom meeting scheduled by the FDA has been postponed, putting to doubt whether the approval would come through by the scheduled date.


Edap Tms SA (NASDAQ: EDAP) (before the market open)
Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: ASND) (after the market close)
MEI Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: MEIP) (after the market close)


Related Articles (XBI + IBB)

View Comments and Join the Discussion!

Posted-In: Biotech Earnings News FDA Top Stories Pre-Market Outlook Trading Ideas General Best of Benzinga

Don't Miss Any Updates!
News Directly in Your Inbox
Subscribe to:
Benzinga Premarket Activity
Get pre-market outlook, mid-day update and after-market roundup emails in your inbox.
Market in 5 Minutes
Everything you need to know about the market - quick & easy.
Fintech Focus
A daily collection of all things fintech, interesting developments and market updates.
Everything you need to know about the latest SPAC news.
Thank You

Thank you for subscribing! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1-877-440-ZING or email us at