Slumbering giant Lilly to cut more jobs, take a $1.2-billion hit to bolster R&D pipeline.

The News: Eli Lilly & Co. (Indianapolis IN) last week said it would lay off about 8% of its employees as the drugmaker, which has suffered setbacks over the past… Read more »

Stock round-up features superb week for Insmed and NewLink; not so much for Cellectis.

Insmed Inc. (Nasdaq:INSM) led advancing issues, more than doubling (+146%) over the week, to $30.25 as of Tuesday morning, September 12. The explosion began after the company announced that its… Read more »

Novartis CEO Jimenez is stepping down; does successor Narasimhan have the right stuff to take the reins in 2018?

The News: Swiss pharmaceuticals titan Novartis AG (Basel) will get a new chief executive in 2018–Dr. Vasant Narasimhan (pdf)–after Joseph Jimenez proclaimed his upcoming retirement effective in February. Jimenez has… Read more »

Germany’s Merck puts consumer drugs business up for sale; does this signal a last-ditch shot at M&A or just shoring up existing pipeline?

The News: Merck KGaA (Darmstadt DEU) put its consumer-health unit on the block Tuesday (September 5, 2017) in a move that will focus its healthcare activities on the riskier business… Read more »

Health stocks soar going into Labor Day weekend; well, not everyone. Here’s my take on three big movers: Abeona, UroGen and Otonomy.

Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:ABEO) led advancing issues, soaring 57% over the week to $14.20 as of close Tuesday, Sept. 5. That huge gain resulted primarily from the US Food and… Read more »

Gilead makes breakout M&A move; buys CAR-T wunderkind Kite Pharma for $12 billion.

The News: Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) announced it would buy cancer-immune therapy company Kite Pharma Inc. (Santa Monica CA) for about $11.9 billion to bolster its hugely successful but… Read more »

Novartis gets FDA nod for breakthrough leukemia treatment Kymriah; with a cost of $450,000, who’s going to get it?

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE) has obtained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel or CTL019) to treat children and young adults with… Read more »

Intra-Cellular shares zoom higher; is buying this name a gamble or a rational bet?

The News: Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc. (Nasdaq:ITCI) rocketed 41% over the past week to $15.70 on a positive regulatory update from the US Food and Drug Administration regarding its lumateperone treatment for schizophrenia…. Read more »

Winners outpace losers in wild week for healthcare stocks; my picks and pans.

Leading the largest pack of winners in quite a while, XOMA Corp. (Nasdaq:XOMA) soared $5.64, or 48% over the week, to $11.10, after the company revealed an agreement to out-license… Read more »