biotech stocks

Dendreon's Infectious Influence on Biotechs

One of Thursday's hardest-hit stocks was Dendreon, maker of the prostate cancer vaccine Provenge, which plunged 67% after reporting disappointing results. But, weirdly, Debdreon's disease seemed to infect the entire sector, dragging down companies with proven drugs. Are biotechs bargains right now?

The Five Best-Performing Biotech Stocks of 2011 -- So Far

Pharmaceuticals are facing big patent cliff problems this year, but several biotechnology stocks have been doing quite well: Their biologic drugs command high prices, tend become blockbusters, and -- perhaps most important -- are in far less danger from generic competition. Here are the big winners so far.

Two Reasons for Clinical Data Shares to Soar Again

From October 2010 to February 2011, biotech Clinical Data's stock doubled, mostly thanks to FDA approval of its novel antidepressant. But also pushing the stock up -- and making it likely to perhaps double again -- is speculation that a Big Pharma will buy Clinical Data.

What Pfizer Sees in Lpath's Innovative Blindness Drugs

Lpath focuses on developing therapeutics that target bioactive lipids for treating a range of human diseases, including cancer and diseases that cause blindness. Its promising drugs have attracted attention -- and lots of money -- from Pfizer. More of both could be coming.

Six Stocks to Buy for Real Revenue Growth in 2011

The path to profits for most of Corporate America lately has been cutting costs rather than raising revenue. But a careful look reveals a few companies that are poised to deliver real revenue growth. We've found six with a plus: Their stocks look like bargains.

Genzyme Talks Up Possible Sales of Its New MS Drug

Biotechnology company Genzyme is holding an analyst and investor meeting Monday focused on the commercial potential of its multiple sclerosis drug Campath as it tries to convince Sanofi-Aventis that it's worth more than the Paris-based pharmaceutical giant has been offering.

Sanofi-Aventis Extends Its Tender Offer for Genzyme

Paris-based pharma Sanofi-Aventis has pushed back its offer deadline for Massachusetts-based biotech Genzyme by six weeks. All other terms, including the $69 per share bid, remain unchanged. So far, very few shareholders have responded.

Tiny Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Is Getting Plenty of Attention

What's Spectrum's particular allure? Beyond being the subject of takeover rumor, it has two oncology drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration that are already on the market, plus two other promising drugs that are in late-stage clinical trials.

Is ImmunoCellular Another Rising Star in Biotech?

Much like Dendreon, which has a promising prostate cancer drug, ImmunoCellular is developing a cancer drug. In this case, it battles brain cancer, and a Phase I trial turned in remarkable results. But unlike Dendreon, ImmunoCellular is still pretty much an unknown.

Growing Interest
in Achillion's Hepatitis Drugs

At a liver disease conference in Boston, one of the highlights is expected to be reports from Achillion about its novel hepatitis C treatments, especially ACH-1625. The buzz is growing stronger that the little biotech is attracting the attention of some players in Big Pharma.

A New Antidepressant Maker Has Lots of Folks Excited

Tiny, little-known biotech Clinical Data has developed a potential blockbuster drug called Vilazodone. If OK'd, it would be the first new depression treatment in 15 years. Its potential is so huge that several Big Pharmas are said to looking to buy the startup.

Biotechs and Big Pharma Squabble in Sweden

At a recent life-sciences conference in Stockholm, execs of several U.S. and foreign biotechs clashed with Big Pharma in a lively debate on the merits of their respective goals and products. The result, however, was a stand-off.

Sanofi Denies Offering $69-$80 Price Range to Genzyme

There's a new plot twist in the takeover battle between French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis and U.S. drugmaker Genzyme. A regulatory filing made by Genzyme on Thursday claims Sanofi may be willing to go much higher than its current $69 bid -- a claim the French company disputes.

Sanofi-Avenits Won't Boost Genzyme Bid

Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis is unwilling to pay more than $70 a share in its bid to buy biotech firm Genzyme, media outlets reported Wednesday. If a deal can't be reached, the French drugmaker may consider alternative takeover targets.

Deutsche Bank Initiates Coverage of Biotech Stocks

Several biotech stocks were on the move Monday after Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on some of them. The bank's analyst, Robyn Karnauskas, took a generally wary view on the biotech sector, only putting buy ratings on Gilead and Dendreon.

Inside Wall Street: Where M&A Could Heat Up in Biotech

M&A-watchers see a buyout happening soon in a secluded sector of biotech: DNA sequencing and genetic analysis. One potential buyer is big player Illumina, and one potential buyout target is Wafergen Bio-Systems, whose SmartChip technology is a game-changer.

Why Hot Biotech Dendreon Could Get Even Hotter

Dendreon is developing immunologically based drugs to fight cancer, and it's No. 1 drug is Provenge, which battles prostate cancer. The excitement is about whether Provenge finally gets the FDA's approval this year. If so, the stock could keep scoring.