The Week Ahead In Biotech (Nov. 1-7): Adcom Test For Biogen's Aducanumab, Alzheimer's Conference, SMID-cap Earnings

Biotech stocks continued to sway to the tunes of the broader market in the week ended Oct. 30, which succumbed to geopolitical and macroeconomic concerns.

Several big-name pharma companies, including Merck & Co. Inc. MRK and Pfizer Inc. PFE, reported earnings during the week. The earnings news flow was broadly mixed.

Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Inc CATB was among the biggest decliners, as it halted a late-stage trial of its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug.

On the other hand, Scholar Rock Holding Corp. SRRK was up about over 175% during the week, reacting to positive mid-stage results for spinal muscular atrophy drug.

On the COVID-19 front, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it is REGN halting the Phase 3 trial of its antibody cocktail in patients with severe COVID-19, citing safety issue.

Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. KALA announced FDA approval for its dry eye disease drug, while Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. SPPI communicated a delay in the decision for its treatment option for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, as the FDA could not inspect a plant in South Korea due to COVID-19.

Here're the key catalysts for the unfolding week:




  • International Cytokine and Interferon Society's Cytokines, or, ICIS, 2020 Conference – Nov. 1–5
  • 13th Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease, or CTAD: Nov. 4-7


Adcom Calendar


FDA's Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee will discuss Friday Biogen Inc's BIIB BLA for its Alzheimer's treatment candidate aducanumab. On Nov. 4, the FDA will release briefing document that has the potential to move the stock.

Outperformance of Biogen hinges on a positive regulatory verdict for aducanumab, according to SVB Leerink analyst Marc Goodman.


Clinical Readouts/Presentations


Surface Oncology Inc. SURF is scheduled to present at the ICIS congress, preclinical data on SRF388, a first in class IL-27 blocking antibody, in clinical trials for patients with cancer. (Sunday. 5:30 pm-7:30 pm)

vTv Therapeutics Inc. VTVT will make an oral presentation at the CTAD, providing a general study update and data on the baseline characteristics of patients enrolled in the ongoing phase 2 Elevage Study of azeliragon as a potential treatment for mild-probable Alzheimer's disease in adult patients who also have type 2 diabetes. (Wednesday, 1am)

Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. BLPH will present at the American Thoracic Society Interstitial Lung Disease Mini Symposia as well as the 2020 Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Meeting, data from its Phase 2 study of INOpulse for the treatment of fibrotic interstitial lung disease patients at risk for pulmonary hypertension. (Thursday)

Cassava Sciences Inc. SAVA is due to present at the CTAD conference, results of its Phase 2b study of sumifilam in Alzheimer's disease. (Saturday, 11:10 am)





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  • Karyopharm Therapeutics KPTI
  • Pacific Biosciences of California Inc PACB


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  • GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR GWPH (after the close)
  • Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. SUPN (after the close)

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  • Anika Therapeutics Inc. ANIK (after the close)
  • Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc. AXNX (after the close)
  • ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. ACAD (after the close)
  • T2 Biosystems Inc. TTOO (after the close)
  • OraSure Technologies, Inc. OSUR (after the close)
  • Hologic Inc. HOLX (after the close)
  • Otonomy Inc. OTIC (after the close)
  • SurModics Inc. SRDX (after the close)
  • Sangamo Therapeutics Inc. SGMO (after the close)
  • PRA Health Sciences Inc. PRAH (after the close)
  • Cytosorbents Corp. CTSO (after the close)
  • Lineage Cell Therapeutics Inc. LCTX (after the close)
  • Insulet Corp. PODD (after the close)
  • Cytokinetics Inc. CYTK (after the close)
  • MannKind Corp. MNKD (after the close)
  • Flexion Therapeutics Inc. FLXN (after the close)
  • DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc. DMAC (after the close)
  • Orthopediatrics Corp. KIDS)
  • Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. IONS
  • G1 Therapeutics Inc. GTHX
  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. SPPI


  • Kura Oncology Inc. KURA (before the market open)
  • Synlogic Inc. SYBX (before the market open)
  • Regeneron (before the market open)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. BMY (before the market open)
  • Arbutus Biopharma Corp. ABUS (before the market open)
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. ALNY (before the market open)
  • Athenex Inc ATNX (before the market open)
  • Adaptimmune Therapeutics PLC – ADR ADAP (before the market open)
  • ANI Pharmaceuticals Inc Common Stock ANIP (before the market open)
  • Antares Pharma Inc. ATRS (before the market open)
  • Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc. AGIO (before the market open)
  • X4 Pharmaceuticals Inc. XFOR (before the market open)
  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc. SAGE (before the market open)
  • Intellia Therapeutics Inc. NTLA (before the market open)
  • Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. KALA (before the market open)
  • OptiNose Inc. OPTN (before the market open)
  • Orthofix Medical Inc. OFIX (before the market open)
  • Radius Health Inc RDUS (before the market open)
  • Repligen Corp. RGEN (before the market open)
  • Incyte Corp. INCY (before the market open)
  • Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals Inc. EYPT (before the market open)
  • Concert Pharmaceuticals Inc. CNCE (before the market open)
  • Clovis Oncology Inc. CLVS (before the market open)
  • Vericel Corp. VCEL (before the market open)
  • Provention Bio Inc. PRVB (before the market open)
  • Harvard Bioscience Inc. HBIO (before the market open)
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  • Misonix Inc. MSON (after the close)
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  • Xencor Inc XNCR (after the close)
  • Oyster Point Pharma Inc. OYST (after the close)
  • Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. SRPT (after the close)
  • Natera Inc. NTRA (after the close)
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  • Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc DCPH
  • Eloxx Pharmaceuticals Inc ELOX
  • Chiasma Inc CHMA
  • Emergent Biosolutions Inc EBS
  • INmune Bio Inc INMB
  • Calithera Biosciences Inc CALA


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  • Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc AMRX (before the market open)
  • Elanco Animal Health Inc ELAN (before the market open)
  • Matinas BioPharma Holdings Inc MTNB (before the market open)
  • Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc ZBH (before the market open)


IPO Analysts' Quiet Period Expiry


  • Aziyo Biologics Inc AZYO
  • Kronos Bio Inc KRON
  • Spruce Biosciences Inc SPRB

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