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February 6, 2013
09:02 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics initiates two Phase I trials of SGN-CD19A
Seattle Genetics announced the initiation of two phase I clinical trials of SGN-CD19A, one for patients with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and one for patients with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas. SGN-CD19A utilizes Seattle Genetics’ industry-leading antibody-drug conjugate technology. The trials are designed to assess the safety and antitumor activity of SGN-CD19A, an ADC targeted to CD19. The studies are phase I, open-label, dose-escalation clinical trials. The primary endpoints are to estimate the maximum tolerated dose and to evaluate the safety of SGN-CD19A. In addition, the trials will evaluate antitumor activity, pharmacokinetics, progression-free survival and overall survival. One trial will enroll adult and pediatric patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL, as well as patients with Burkitt lymphoma or leukemia or B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. The dose escalation portion of the study is designed to evaluate both weekly and every three week schedules and will enroll approximately 80 patients at multiple centers in the United States. A second trial will enroll patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma. The dose escalation portion of the trial will evaluate SGN-CD19A administered every three weeks and will enroll approximately 25 patients at multiple centers in the United States.
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August 18, 2015
06:23 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics approvals already factored into forecast, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff believes the FDA approval for Adcetris in post-transplant consolidation Hodgkin's Lymphoma as well as the "positive surprise" of the FDA converting the accelerated approval in relapsed HL to standard approval is already factored into in his sales forecast of $220M this year for the drug. He keeps an Underweight rating on Seattle Genetics with a $30 price target.
August 17, 2015
19:00 EDTSGENOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fabrinet (FN), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 10.6% after announcing that it is on track to initiate ETC-1002 Phase 3 program by the end of 2015... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), up 3.3% after announcing FDA approval of Adcetris for HL treatment. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: MasTec (MTZ), down 7.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 1% after announcing a $500M perpetual convertible preferred stock offering.
16:14 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics announces FDA approval of Adcetris for HL treatment
Seattle Genetics announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ADCETRIS, brentuximab vedotin, for the treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma, HL, at high risk of relapse or progression as post-autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation consolidation. The approval is based on a phase 3 clinical trial called AETHERA that was designed to compare up to 16 cycles of ADCETRIS therapy administered every three weeks following auto-HSCT to placebo. The primary endpoint was met with a significant improvement in median progression-free survival of 42.9 months for patients who received ADCETRIS versus 24.1 months for patients who received placebo, an improvement of 18.8 months. In addition, data from the AETHERA trial converted the U.S. accelerated approval of the relapsed classical HL indication to regular approval. ADCETRIS is an antibody-drug conjugate directed to CD30, which is expressed in classical HL and systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma, as well as other lymphoma subtypes. This is the third indication for ADCETRIS, which was granted accelerated FDA approval in August 2011 for two other indications: (1) treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma patients who fail autologous transplant or who fail at least two prior multi-agent chemotherapy regimens and are not autologous transplant candidates, and (2) treatment of systemic ALCL patients who fail at least one prior multi-agent chemotherapy regimen. The sALCL indication is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.
06:22 EDTSGENPiper's Tenthoff sees select biotech names outperforming in second half
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects drug launches, clinical data read-outs and potential partnerships to drive outperformance for select biotech names in the second half of 2015. Despite some recent profit-taking, 2015 has been another strong year for biotech stocks, Tenthoff tells investors in a research note. Names with important second half of the year catalysts include Vertex (VRTX), Regeneron (REGN), Seattle Genetics (SGEN), Exelixis (EXEL), Sarepta (SRPT), Novavax (NVAX), Arrowhead (ARWR), Array BioPharma (ARRY), Alnylam (ALNY), Genocea (GNCA), CymaBay (CBAY), Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE).

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