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June 30, 2014
10:12 EDTGWPHGW Pharma rises after analyst sees promise in marijuana-derived epilepsy drug
Shares of GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) are climbing after research firm Piper Jaffray sharply raised its price target on the stock after attending a conference of the Dravet Foundation and speaking with epilepsy specialists. Dravet Syndrome is a form of epilepsy and the foundation raises money to combat it. GW has created a drug for the treatment of seizures based on cannabinoid, one of the components of marijuana. WHAT'S NEW: After attending the conference, Piper Jaffray analyst Dr. Joshua Schimmer wrote that he is more confident that GW's epilepsy treatment, Epidiolex, is "a highly attractive emerging therapy" for the disease. Epidiolex has a unique combination of safety and effectiveness, the analyst believes. Children with Dravet who are treated with Epidiolex have fewer seizures and can take lower doses of other medicines, while the social skills of many of them improve, Schimmer reported. He increased his price target on GW to $147 from $97 and kept an Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Eventually Epidiolex's use should extend far beyond difficult to treat cases of Dravet, the analyst forecast. A logical potential use for the drug is as a treatment for autism, Schimmer believes. There is a strong correlation between autism and Dravet Syndrome or frequent seizures, he explained. Additionally, there are "anecdotal reports" that autism patients have responded very well to cannabinoids and GW and specialists are becoming more confident that a number of autism patients will benefit from them, he reported. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, GW Pharmaceuticals shares climbed $7.30, or 7.6%, to $103.44.
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October 30, 2014
06:50 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals commences Epidiolex Phase 2/3 clinical trial
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October 22, 2014
09:21 EDTGWPHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
05:26 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA
GW Pharmaceuticals announced that the European Medicines Agency, or EMA, has granted orphan designation to GW's investigational product Epidiolex in the treatment of Dravet syndrome, a rare and catastrophic treatment-resistant form of childhood epilepsy. In addition to this orphan designation by the EMA, GW has been granted Fast Track designation by the FDA for Epidiolex in the treatment of Dravet syndrome as well as orphan designations in both Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, or LGS. GW is about to commence a full clinical development program for Epidiolex in the treatment of both Dravet syndrome and LGS, working with leading pediatric epilepsy specialists across the U.S. The first Phase 2/3 clinical trial is due to commence in the coming weeks.

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