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June 27, 2014
07:17 EDTVRTXVertex receives European CHMP 'positive opinion' for KALYDECO
Vertex announced that the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has issued a positive opinion recommending the approval of KALYDECO for people with cystic fibrosis ages 6 and older who have one of eight non-G551D gating mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene. The CHMP opinion is based on previously announced data from the first part of a Phase 3, two-part, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study of 39 people with CF ages 6 and older who have a non-G551D gating mutation. The first part of the study showed statistically significant improvements in lung function, sweat chloride, BMI and CFQ-R scores. Data from the second part of the study were presented at the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Conference and showed that these improvements were maintained through 24 weeks of treatment with ivacaftor. The safety profile was similar to prior Phase 3 studies of ivacaftor in people with the G551D mutation. The CHMP's positive opinion will now be reviewed by the European Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for the E.U. The European Commission generally follows the recommendation of the CHMP and typically issues marketing approval within three to four months. The CHMP also issued a positive opinion recommending the inclusion of data from the long-term follow-up PERSIST study in the KALYDECO label
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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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