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November 11, 2012
12:09 EDTVRTXVertex presents new Phase 3 data on HCV treatment with twice-daily telaprevir
Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced that new data from a Phase 3 study in people being treated for hepatitis C for the first time showed similar rates of viral cure (SVR12, HCV RNA levels < 25 IU/mL 12 weeks after the end of all treatment) when telaprevir was given twice daily compared to three times daily, the currently approved dosing schedule. Telaprevir is approved for use in combination with pegylated-interferon and ribavirin by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, and Health Canada under the brand name INCIVEK® (telaprevir) tablets for people with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus, HCV, with compensated liver disease (some level of damage to the liver but the liver still functions), including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). In addition, new data from a Phase 2 study demonstrated that approximately three of four people co-infected with HCV and HIV achieved an HCV viral cure (SVR24, HCV RNA levels < 25 IU/mL 24 weeks after the end of all treatment) with telaprevir combination treatment. These and other new data on Vertex’s medicines in development for hepatitis C were presented at The Liver Meeting®, the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, AASLD.
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August 26, 2015
07:09 EDTVRTXVertex, Novavax among select biotechs to buy on weakness, says Piper Jaffray
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August 24, 2015
13:36 EDTVRTXBiotech correction presents some opportunities, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee said he won't try to pick the short-term bottom in biotech, but contends that any macro weakness in China shouldn't have any major impact to financials or fundamentals for the sector given their minimal exposure there. If the market continues to be volatile, Yee recommends a focus on names with defensive characteristics, such as higher margins and free cash flow yield, naming Amgen (AMGN), Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) as some examples. The analyst adds that he likes Vertex (VRTX) on the pullback for "more aggressive" growth investors. Yee has Outperform ratings on all of the stocks mentioned above.
August 17, 2015
06:22 EDTVRTXPiper'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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