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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Medivation Is for Sale: How Much Should It Get?

    Considering the prospects for the pipeline, Medivation should get more than what Sanofi offered. It will probably get more than what Pharmacyclics received.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Xtandi Fueled Big Pharmaceutical Interest in Medivation

    Xtandi is the major factor behind Pfizer’s (PFE) interest in Medivation (MDVN). The drug, along with MDVN’s pipeline molecules, should strengthen Pfizer’s (PFE) oncology franchise.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Think about Ionis

    In the first quarter, Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ (IONS) revenue grew 24.7% year-over-year to $144.4 million from $115.8 million.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Regeneron Is Working to Maintain Eylea’s Dominance

    Regeneron’s (REGN) flagship product, Eylea (Aflibercept), was launched in the US in November 2011.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    What Drove Regeneron’s 3Q16 Performance?

    In fiscal 3Q16, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) recorded revenue amounting to $1.2 billion and net product sales amounting to $857 million.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    How Much Does Biogen Spend on Research and Development?

    Biogen’s (BIIB) R&D expenses for 4Q15 were $542 million, or 19% of its total revenue, including a $60 million payment to Mitsubishi Tanabe.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Exelixis Stock Soared 46% in November

    Exelixis stock has experienced solid growth over the last month after it hit its 52-week low of $13.42 on October 29.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How BioMarin Pharmaceutical’s Financials Look in November

    BioMarin Pharmaceutical’s (BMRN) net revenues over the first nine months of this year amounted to $1.1 billion compared to $955.3 million in the same period the prior year.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Expect Incyte to Report Revenue Growth in Third Quarter

    Analysts estimate Incyte (INCY) to report growth of 17.7% in its revenues to $449.2 million during the third quarter of 2018.

    By Mike Benson
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    Earnings Report

    Alkermes in the Third Quarter: A Performance Overview

    Alkermes (ALKS) reported its third-quarter results on October 23. It generated net revenues of $248.7 million, a 14% YoY growth.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Financial Overview of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in October

    Ionis Pharmaceuticals generated Q2 2018 revenues of $118.0 million compared to $122.3 million in Q2 2017, which reflected ~15.0% YoY growth.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ Revenue Stream

    Ionis’s Commercial Revenues segment reported second-quarter revenues of $57.0 million, compared to $24.0 million during the second quarter of 2017.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Look at Acadia Pharmaceuticals Stock: It Rose 7.9% on Tuesday

    On Tuesday, September 25, Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) stock closed at $21.41. That’s 7.86% higher than its prior day’s close of $19.85.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Estimates and Recommendations for Bluebird Bio on September 6

    Wall Street analysts estimate that Bluebird Bio (BLUE) will report a 14.6% growth in revenues to ~$40.6 million in 2018 compared to $35.4 million in 2017.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Analysts View BioMarin Pharmaceutical in August

    On August 30, 2018, BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) stock closed at $99.26 which is 7% below its 52-week high of $106.20 on August 2.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Analysts Expect from Ionis’s Q2 2018 Earnings?

    Ionis is expected to report 30.0% growth in revenues to $135.5 million in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to $104.2 million in Q2 2017.

    By Mike Benson
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    Earnings Report

    Incyte’s Q2 2018 Earnings Beat Analysts’ Revenue Estimates

    Incyte (INCY) beat Wall Street analysts’ estimates for revenue but missed estimates for EPS. It reported EPS of $0.27 on revenues of $521.5 million in Q2 2018.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Incyte’s Valuations on July 6

    Incyte (INCY) posted revenues of $382.3 million in Q1 2018, a marginal decrease in YoY revenues compared to $384.1 million in Q1 2017.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ January 2018 Valuation

    On January 5, Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ stock value had risen ~4.3% over the last 12 months. Analysts expect the stock to rise ~14.0% over the next 12 months.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alnylam Is Preparing for Commercial Launch of Patisiran

    To ensure the smooth commercial launch of investigational RNAi therapy Patisiran, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) has been actively involved in building its manufacturing, quality, and distribution infrastructure in the US and Europe.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Geographic Market Expansion to Boost Spinraza Sales in 2017

    In 3Q17, Biogen (BIIB) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ (IONS) Spinraza reported sales worth $73 million from international markets.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Gilead’s Other Products Performed in 2Q17

    Apart from Gilead Sciences’ (GILD) antiviral drugs portfolio, the company also includes drugs from therapeutic areas like cardiovascular, inflammation, oncology, and respiratory products in its portfolio.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nuplazid Expected to Become a Leading Central Nervous System Drug

    On April 29, 2016, the FDA approved Acadia Pharmaceuticals’ (ACAD) Nuplazid (pimavanserin) as a first therapy for treating patients with Parkinson’s disease (or PD) psychosis.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Behind Bioverativ’s Analyst Recommendations This September

    Of the 12 analysts tracking Bioverativ (BIVV), three recommend a “strong buy” for the stock, while one recommends a “buy,” and seven recommend a “hold.”

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ionis Reports Revenue Growth in 2Q17

    Ionis (IONS) is a biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes RNA-targeted therapies.

    By Mike Benson
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    The Rise of Amgen Stock in 2Q17

    Amgen (AMGN) stock has risen ~5.8% in 2Q17, while it has risen ~17.4% year-to-date as of July 7, 2017.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Recommend for United Therapeutics in June 2017

    Thirteen analysts covered United Therapeutics in June 2017. Two analysts recommended a “strong buy.”

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Neurocrine Biosciences: Ingrezza, Collaborations, Ratings

    In April 2017, the FDA approved Neurocrine Biosciences’ (NBIX) Ingrezza (valbenazine) as the first drug for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ Valuation Compared to Its Peers

    According to March 20, 2017, data, Ionis stock has risen 4.1% over the last 12 months.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’s Therapies to Treat hATTR Amyloidosis

    The European Medicines Agency (or EMA) has approved tafamidis for stage 1 hATTR amyloidosis.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    United Therapeutics: Will RemoSynch Become a Key Growth Driver?

    United Therapeutics (UTHR) has developed a targeted strategy for a successful launch of its investigational drug device combination, the RemoSynch implantable pump system.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Could Gilead Sciences Restore Its Growth?

    With its continuous revenue fall, Gilead Sciences (GILD) could opt to restore its growth through acquisitions.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Neurocrine Biosciences May See Higher Losses in 2016

    Wall Street analysts have projected that Neurocrine Biosciences’ net income in 2016 will be -$146.2 million, a significantly higher loss than in 2015.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Why Europe Is an Important Market for Vertex’s Orkambi

    Although there are 12,000 eligible patients in Europe who are 12 years and older, Orkambi hasn’t yet received reimbursement approvals for these patients.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Higher Discontinuations Are among Orkambi’s Concerns

    Despite a slower launch of the drug in Germany, Orkambi is expected to generate $1 billion–$1.1 billion in 2016.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ Valuation Compares to Its Peers

    Ionis’s stock value has fallen 42% over the last 12 months. Analysts estimate that the stock has the potential to return ~27% over the next 12 months.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    ALNY Should Complete Revusiran’s Endeavour Trial Enrollment in Late 2016

    If the Endeavour study results in positive data, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals may become a major rare disease player like its peers United Therapeutics (UTHR) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Neurocrine Biosciences’ Valbenazine Launch: What You Need to Know

    Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX) expects to submit a new drug application to the FDA for Valbenazine in 2016.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ Major Revenue Sources in 4Q15

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) earns revenue from net product sales, collaboration, and technology licenses.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    Orkambi: Recent Addition to the Vertex Portfolio

    In July 2015, Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ (VRTX) Orkambi received FDA approval for treating cystic fibrosis in the United States for patients 12 years and older with two copies of the F508del mutation.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Pomalyst and Abraxane Revenues Are Critical for Celgene

    Pomalyst and Abraxane are the next largest revenue generators for Celgene (CELG) after Revlimid. Their revenue growth is critical for Celgene to achieve revenues of $20 billion by 2020.

    By Peter Neil
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