The Week Ahead In Biotech: Takeda, Blueprint Medicines, Orphazyme, Eton On The Radar Ahead Of FDA Decisions, IPOs

Biotech stocks extended their gains in the week ended June 11, supported by the broader market strength and some stock-specific moves.

The biggest biotech news of the week came in the form of approval for Biogen Inc.'s BIIB Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm. The approval polarized the scientific community. The stock, which at one point tacked on about 64% on the day of the approval, ended the week up about 40%.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'sALXN Ultomiris received label expansion to treat paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria in children and adolescents.

Among other approvals that came through during the week were label expansion for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's VRTX triple combo cystic fibrosis drug Trikafta and Pfizer Inc.'s PFE 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

Vertex, however, had a mixed week, as it announced the shelving of a mid-stage study of a drug for a rare, inherited lung disease.

The week also saw a slew of presentations at multiple scientific meetings. The ASCO 2021 that kickstarted on June 4 ended in the first half of the week, and the European Hematology Association Congress commenced in the later half of the week.

Danish biotech Orphazyme A/S ORPH and Galecto, Inc. GLTO had a volatile ride this week amid a lack of any news specific to the companies.

Here are the key catalysts for the unfolding week:

Health Care Conferences

  • BIO Digital 2021: June 14-18
  • The BofA Securities 2021 Napa Biopharma Virtual Conference: June 14-16
  • Citi European Healthcare Day: June 15-16
  • The JMP Securities Life Sciences Conference: June 16-17
  • J.P. Morgan European Healthcare Conference: June 17
  • Alliance Global Partners Healthcare Symposium Virtual: June 17
  • H.C. Wainwright Psychedelics in Psychiatry and Beyond Virtual Conference: June 17

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The FDA is likely to announce by Tuesday, June 15 its decision on Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited's TAK new drug application for TAK-721 as a treatment option for eosinophilic esophagitis.

Blueprint Medicines Corporation BPMC has a decision date of Wednesday, June 16 for its supplemental NDA for Ayvakit as a treatment option for advanced systemic mastocytosis.

The FDA is scheduled to rule on Orphazyme's NDA for Arimocolmol for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a rare, progressive, neurodegenerative disease.

The PDUFA date has been set for Thursday, June 17. Arimocolmol was developed by CytRx Corporation CYTR and has been licensed to Orphazyme.

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ETON has a decision-by date of Friday, June 18 for its NDA for its ready-to-use ephedrine injection to treat low blood pressure.


Centogene N.V. CNTG (Wednesday)


IPO Pricing & Listing

Atai Life Sciences B.V., a clinical-stage biopharma developing treatments for mental health disorders, has commenced a proposed underwritten initial public offering of 14.286 million shares of its common shares. All common shares to be sold in the proposed offering will be sold by Atai.
The IPO price is expected to be between $13 and $15 per common share. The German pyschedelics company has applied to list its common shares on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "ATAI."

South San Francisco, California-based Lyell Immunopharma, Inc. has filed for offering 25 million shares of its common stock in an IPO. The oncology-focused company that uses T cells to cure solid tumors, expects to price the offering between $16 and $18. It has applied to list its shares on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "LYEL."

Swiss biopharma Molecular Partners AG proposes to offer 3 million ADSs in an IPO, with each ADS representing the right to receive one common share. The company has given an indicative price of $27.14 per ADS, going by the 24.40 Swiss-franc-per-share price at which its Swiss exchange listed shares closed June 8. The biopharma that focuses on infectious disease, oncology and ophthalmology, has applied to list its ADSs on the Nasdaq under the symbol "MOLN."

Unicycive, a Los Altos, California-based biopharma that focuses on treatment of kidney diseases, has filed to offer $2.635 million shares at an estimated price range of $8.50-$1.50. The company has applied for listing its shares on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "UNCY."

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