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The Daily Biotech Pulse: Amarin Braces For Vascepa Adcom Verdict, Biotechs On A Fundraising Spree, Zosano Makes Progress With Migraine Drug Filing

The Daily Biotech Pulse: Amarin Braces For Vascepa Adcom Verdict, Biotechs On A Fundraising Spree, Zosano Makes Progress With Migraine Drug Filing

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

Scaling The Peaks

(Biotech stocks that hit 52-week highs Nov. 13.)

  • Antares Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: ATRS)
  • Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ARWR)
  • Bausch Health Companies Inc (NYSE: BHC)
  • BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) (reacted to its third-quarter results)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY)
  • Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG)
  • China Biologic Products Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CBPO)
  • Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DCPH)
  • Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DRNA)
  • Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW)
  • ESSA Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EPIX)
  • Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) (reacted to its third-quarter results)
  • IGM Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: IGMS)
  • Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD)
  • Krystal Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: KRYS)
  • Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: OPNT) (reported an unexpected profit for its third quarter)
  • Recro Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: REPH)
  • Seattle Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGEN): filed an arbitration demand to settle dispute with DAIICHI SANKYO/S ADR (OTC: DSNKY). 
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX)

Down In The Dumps

(Biotech stocks that hit 52-week lows on Nov. 13.)

  • Achieve Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ACHV)
  • Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD)
  • Akebia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AKBA)
  • Allena Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALNA) (released its third-quarter results)
  • Aridis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ARDS)
  • Auris Medical Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: EARS)
  • BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) (announced common stock offering)
  • Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR)
  • Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLI)
  • Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DFFN) (priced its follow-on offering)
  • Genocea Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: GNCA)
  • Marker Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRKR) (reacted to third-quarter results)
  • Melinta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MLNT) (reacted to third-quarter results)
  • Neon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NTGN)
  • Neuronetics Inc (NASDAQ: STIM)
  • Nuvectra Corp (NASDAQ: NVTR) (filed for bankruptcy protection)
  • Obseva SA (NASDAQ: OBSV)
  • Ocugen Inc (NASDAQ: OCGN)
  • Onconova Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONTX)
  • OpGen Inc (NASDAQ: OPGN)
  • Oyster Point Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: OYST) (went public on Oct. 31)
  • PDS Biotechnology Corp (NASDAQ: PDSB)
  • Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PSTI)
  • Savara Inc (NASDAQ: SVRA)
  • Seelos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SEEL)
  • Sierra Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: SRRA)
  • Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: TTPH) (reacted to third-quarter results)
  • Unum Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: UMRX) (reacted to third-quarter results)
  • Verastem Inc (NASDAQ: VSTM)
  • Vir Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: VIR)

Stocks In Focus

Adcom Panel Gives Thumbs Down To Lilly-Boehringer Ingelheim's Type 1 Diabetes Drug 

Eli Lilly And Co (NYSE: LLY) and Boehringer Ingelheim said the FDA's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 14-2 against the approval of their empagliflozin 2.5mg as an adjunct to insulin for adults with type 1 diabetes.

"We continue to believe the totality of data from the EASE program indicates a favorable benefit-risk profile for empagliflozin 2.5 mg in adults with type 1 diabetes and look forward to continuing to work with the FDA in this review process," the companies said.

See also: Biotech Stock On The Radar: Alkermes At A Crossroads

Pfenex CFO to Leave Immediately 

Pfenex Inc (NYSE: PFNX) said its CFO Susan Knudson has resigned effective Wednesday, citing personal reasons. Knudson will support during the transition period until Feb. 1, 2020, the company said.

Zosano Receives Positive FDA Feedback On Migraine Drug After Pre-NDA Meetings 

Updating on the minutes it received following the pre-NDA meetings with the FDA regarding migraine treatment Qtrypta, Zosano Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: ZSAN) said it believes the information included in its planned NDA will be sufficient for the FDA to file the NDA for substantive review.

The company had two meetings with the FDA: a face-to-face meeting held in September to discuss the non-clinical and clinical portions of the program and a second pre-NDA meeting to discuss chemistry control and manufacturing.

The company expects to file the NDA in December.

The stock rallied 10.34% to $2.24 in pre-market trading.


Fulgent Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: FLGT) said it has priced its previously announced underwritten public offering of 2.325 million shares at $11.25 each. The company expects to raise gross proceeds of about $26.2 million from the offering. The offering is expected to close Nov. 18.

The stock fell 12.46% to $11.94 in after-hours trading.

Kadmon Holdings Inc (NYSE: KDMN) announced a public offering of shares of its common stock. The company expects to use the proceeds primarily to fund the clinical development of its lead product candidates and R&D.

The stock was down 1.69% at $3.50 in Thursday's premarket session. 

Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: PHIO) said it has commenced a proposed public offering of shares. All the shares earmarked for the offering are to be sold by the company.

The company said it plans to use the net proceeds to fund the development of its oncology programs, for R&D activities and general working capital needs.

The stock was down 24.7% at 20 cents in Thursday's premarket session. 

Lipocine Inc (NASDAQ: LPCN), which recently faced a FDA rejection of its lead male sex hormone deficiency drug, said it has launched a public offering of units consisting of shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase its common stock.

The stock was falling 29.87% to 48 cents in the premarket session. 


Edap Tms SA (NASDAQ: EDAP) said its third-quarter revenue climbed 26.7% year-over-year to $11.3 million. The company reversed from a loss of $800,000 in the third quarter of 2018 to a profit of $900,000. The bottom-line results were below expectations.

The stock was down 8.75% at $4.38 in premarket trading.

Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CYCC)'s third-quarter net loss narrowed from 18 cents per share in 2018 to 11 cents per share in 2019. Analysts had estimated a loss of 16 cents per share.

As of Sept. 30, the company has cash and cash equivalents of $13 million.

The stock was up 13.39% at 42 cents in the premarket session.

On The Radar

Adcom Meeting

FDA's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee will meet to discuss Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ: AMRN)'s sNDA for Vascepa for reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, as an adjunct to statin therapy in adult patients with elevated triglycerides levels and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The briefing document released Monday ahead of the panel vote showed deliberations in line with expectations.

Clinical Readouts

Jaguar Health Inc (NASDAQ: JAGX) and Roche Holdings AG Basel ADR (OTC: RHHBY) are scheduled to release updated Phase 2 data for mytesi in cancer-related diarrhea.

2019 Connective Tissue Oncology Society Annual Meeting Presentations

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DCPH): initial Phase 1 data for DCC-3014 in solid tumors


  • Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BCLI) (before the market open)
  • BioXcel Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BTAI) (before the market open)
  • Rubius Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RUBY) (before the market open)
  • PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PHAS) (before the market open)
  • Fulcrum Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: FULC) (before the market open)
  • Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ: ALT) (before the market open)
  • Vascular Biogenics Ltd (NASDAQ: VBLT) (before the market open)
  • Aytu Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: AYTU) (after the market close)
  • Dare Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: DARE) (after the market close)
  • Tricida Inc (NASDAQ: TCDA) (after the market close)
  • aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: LIFE) (after the market close)
  • OncoCyte Corp (NYSE: OCX) (after the market close)
  • Zosano Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: ZSAN) (after the market close)
  • Eton Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ETON) (after the market close)
  • Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTNP) (after the market close)
  • KemPharm Inc (NASDAQ: KMPH) (after the market close)
  • Plus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PSTV) (after the market close)
  • Zyla Life Sciences (OTC: ZCOR) (after the market close)
  • Osmotica Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: OSMT) (after the market close)

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