Category Archives: Corporate

Flood gates for medical IPO filings still wide open as Labor Day holiday only speeds up pace for hopefuls.

The somber mood of summer’s waning days and shortened work week didn’t cool the blistering pace of biotech and other healthcare IPO news. Almost makes me feel sorry for the… Read more »

Weekly Medical Stock Spotlight: 3 big winners and 2 total duds.

1) ProQR Therapeutics NV (Nasdaq:PRQR) led advancing issues on the Labor Day-shortened week, soaring 107% over the week to $15.80 on Friday (August 31, 2018). The upward move came after the… Read more »

Novo Nordisk buys UK biotech startup for $800M, fueling blockbuster hopes for “smart” insulin. This Danish behemoth is a smart Buy.

The News: Novo Nordisk A/S (Bagsvaerd) has acquired UK start-up Ziylo Ltd. (Bristol) in a deal worth up to $800 million in a bid to develop the world’s first “smart”… Read more »

India’s huge pharma/consumer health market in crosshairs of world’s biggest drugmakers. China, Japan, Korea lurking as Asia joins fray with West.

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC‘s (London) Indian consumer health unit is drawing the attention of more big-name suitors as the magnitude of the potential there is coming into clearer focus. After… Read more »

Korean push into biotech space meant to challenge China, as ViroMed buys US plant for new gene-therapy development. High risk/reward bet, only for the brave.

The News: ViroMed Co. Ltd., the Korean biotech, has seen companies miss out on approvals for novel therapies because the FDA had problems with their manufacturing processes. With its first treatment… Read more »

ViiV Healthcare’s success with monthly combo HIV med making Gilead sweat over its HIV franchise. After World Cup fiasco, England chasing California in $$$$/rep race.

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s (London) ViiV Healthcare unit now has results to support a two-drug monthly injection co-developed with Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ) as it pushes ahead with its ambition… Read more »

Unknown Kentucky biotech Bexion tests new glioma med on first patients. Yes, it’s the same cancer Sen. McCain is fighting, and Round B funding is still open.

The News: Bexion Pharmaceuticals burst out of the shadows of near total obscurity last week as its investigational cancer treatment, BXQ-350, grabbed plenty of mainstream media coverage as a potential game-changer. BXQ-350 is… Read more »

Move over, Nasdaq: BeiGene’s mammoth IPO in Hong Kong sends message to biotech startups.

The News: Nasdaq-listed Chinese biotech BeiGene Ltd. (Beijing) has raised an astounding $903 million after pricing its secondary listing in Hong Kong–the first under new exchange rules–near the top of… Read more »

Healthcare IPOs defy gravity and second law of thermodynamics with 8 new pricings last week and 2 new filings.

Well, here we are again, looking back at another massive round of biotech IPOs priced just last week, as the beat goes on and on and… My trusty, hand-held calculator… Read more »

Vertex says it would be NICE if England upped its offer for new CF drugs. Meanwhile, short lesson on how US could quickly lower its pharma prices, too.

The News: Vertex Pharma CEO Jeffrey Leiden’s move earlier this month to pressure England’s prime minister Theresa May on drug prices seems to have set some wheels in motion. After… Read more »