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Point Roberts, WA – NEW YORK, NY – February 11, 2015 (www.investorideas.com newswire) Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including biotech, medical technology and life sciences stocks updates its biotech stocks directory for investors following the sector. There have been several IPOs recently and there are an expected 100 IPOs for the year. Recent additions include (ASND), (ENTL), (FLKS), (ONCE), (TCON) and (ZSAN).
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Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (NasdaqCM: ASTM ) is the leader in developing patient-specific expanded cellular therapies for use in the treatment of patients with severe diseases and conditions. Aastrom markets two autologous cell therapy products in the United States for the treatment of cartilage repair and skin replacement. Aastrom is also developing MACI(TM), a third-generation autologous chondrocyte implant for the treatment of cartilage defects in the knee, and ixmyelocel-T, a patient-specific multicellular therapy for the treatment of advanced heart failure due to ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (NYSE: ABT ) is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.
Ablynx (Brussels: ABLX.BR) is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of Nanobodies®, a novel class of therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, for a range of serious and life-threatening human diseases, including inflammation, thrombosis, oncology and pulmonary disease.
Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NasdaqGS: ACAD ) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines that address unmet medical needs in neurological and related central nervous system disorders. ACADIA has a pipeline of product candidates led by pimavanserin, for which we have reported positive Phase III trial results in Parkinson’s disease psychosis and which has the potential to be the first drug approved in the United States for this disorder. We are currently completing NDA-enabling clinical and manufacturing activities for pimavanserin and are planning to submit an NDA with the FDA near the end of 2014. Pimavanserin is also in Phase II development for Alzheimer’s disease psychosis and has successfully completed a Phase II trial in schizophrenia. ACADIA also has clinical-stage programs for chronic pain and glaucoma in collaboration with Allergan, Inc. and two preclinical programs directed at Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. All product candidates are small molecules that emanate from internal discoveries.
Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTC:ACCP) is an emerging biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes proprietary products for the treatment and supportive care of cancer patients. Access developed MuGard and ProctiGard and is developing multiple follow-on products. Access also has other advanced drug delivery technologies including CobaCyte™-mediated targeted delivery and CobOral-oral drug delivery, its proprietary nanopolymer delivery technology based on the natural vitamin B12 uptake mechanism.
Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NasdaqGS:ACOR ) is a biotechnology company focused on developing therapies that improve the lives of people with neurological disorders. Acorda markets three FDA-approved therapies including: AMPYRA (dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets, 10 mg, a treatment to improve walking in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS); ZANAFLEX CAPSULES® (tizanidine hydrochloride) and Zanaflex tablets, a short-acting drug for the management of spasticity; and QUTENZA® (capsaicin) 8% Patch, for the management of neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia. AMPYRA is marketed outside the United States as FAMPYRA® (prolonged-release fampridine tablets) by Biogen Idec under a licensing agreement from Acorda. Acorda has one of the leading pipelines in the industry of novel neurological therapies. The Company is currently developing six clinical-stage therapies and one preclinical stage therapy that address a range of disorders including post-stroke deficits, epilepsy, stroke, peripheral nerve damage, spinal cord injury, neuropathic pain, and heart failure.
Acrux Limited ( ASX:ACR.AX ) is a dynamic Australian drug delivery business developing and commercialising a range of patient-preferred pharmaceutical products for global markets, using innovative, patented technology to administer drugs through the skin. Fast drying, non-occlusive topical sprays or liquids provide an enhanced transdermal delivery platform with low or no skin irritation, superior cosmetic acceptability, and simple, accurate and flexible dosing.
Active Biotech (Stockholm:ACTI.ST; OTC:ATVBF) a biotechnology company, focuses on developing pharmaceuticals for the treatment of autoimmune/inflammatory diseases and cancer in Sweden. Its projects include Laquinimod, an orally administered compound in Phase III clinical trial development for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, primarily multiple sclerosis; Tasquinimod, which is in Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of prostate cancer; and ANYARA, a protein drug in Phase II/III study for the treatment of renal cell cancer. The company is also developing Paquinimod (57-57), a compound primarily for the treatment of systemic sclerosis; and RhuDex, a compound that is primarily intended to be used as a drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Its preclinical project product is ISI (inhibition of S100 interactions) for producing patentable chemical compounds that interact with S100A9, a target molecule for the quinoline compounds.
Addex Therapeutics (Swiss:ADXN.SW ; OTC:ADDXF ; Berlin:APE.BE ) is a discovery and development stage company focused on advancing innovative oral small molecules against rare diseases utilizing its pioneering allosteric modulation-based drug discovery platform. The Company’s two lead products are being investigated in Phase 2 clinical testing: dipraglurant (ADX48621, an mGlu5 negative allosteric modulator or NAM) is being developed by Addex to treat Parkinson’s disease levodopa-induced dyskinesia (PD-LID) and rare forms of dystonia; and ADX71149 (mGlu2 positive allosteric modulator or PAM) is being developed in collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to treat both schizophrenia and anxiety as seen in patients suffering from major depressive disorder. Addex is also advancing several preclinical programs including: GABA-BR positive allosteric modulator (PAM) for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (type 1a) disease, spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), pain, overactive bladder and other disorders; and mGlu4 PAM for MS, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and other diseases. Allosteric modulators are an emerging class of small molecule drugs which have the potential to be more specific and confer significant therapeutic advantages over conventional ‘orthosteric’ small molecule or biological drugs. The Company uses its proprietary discovery platform to target receptors and other proteins that are recognized as essential for the therapeutic modulation of important diseases with unmet medical needs. The Company is currently focused on preserving the value of its assets, including the intellectual property surrounding its portfolio of allosteric modulator drug candidates and its proprietary allosteric modulator technology platform, while pursuing a strategy to secure the resources necessary to advance the pipeline and maximize value for shareholders. In parallel the Company continues to enter collaborations with academic institutions, government organizations and patient groups to advance its portfolio of drug candidates for the benefit of patients.
Adherex Technologies Inc. (OTC:ADHXF ) (TSX: AHX.TO ) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing Sodium Thiosulfate (STS), a chemo-protectant against hearing loss associated with platinum-based chemotherapy. STS is being investigated in two pediatric Phase III studies to evaluate the reduction of ototoxicity and impact on survival.
Admedus Ltd. ( ASX:AHZ.AX ) is a diversified healthcare company focused on investing in and developing next generation technologies with world class partners, acquiring strategic assets to grow its product and service offerings and expanding revenues from its existing profitable medical sales and distribution business. The Company has assets from research & development through clinical development as well as sales, marketing and distribution. Admedus is in the process of commercialising its innovative tissue engineering technology for regenerative medicine. Admedus also has a major interest in developing the next generation of vaccines with a Brisbane-based research group led by Professor Ian Frazer. The vaccine programmes target disease with significant global potential such as Herpes and Human Papillomavirus.
ADOCIA (Paris:ADOC.PA; OTC:ADOCY ) a biotechnology company, develops medicines from therapeutic proteins. The company focuses on insulin therapy and the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer based on its BioChaperone technological platform. Its product pipeline includes BioChaperone PDGF-BB, which has completed Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer, as well as in pre clinical stage for the treatment of venous ulcer, and bedsores and burns; BioChaperone insulin that is in Phase II clinical trials, as well as in pre clinical stage for the treatment of diabetes; and BioChaperone for monoclonal antibodies, which is in pre clinical stage.
Advanced Cell Technology Inc. (OTC:ACTC ) is a Marlborough, Mass.-based biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and adult stem cell technology. The company’s most advanced products are in clinical trials for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration and Stargardt’s macular degeneration. ACT’s preclinical programs involve cell therapies for the treatment of other ocular disorders and for diseases outside the field of ophthalmology, including autoimmune, inflammatory and wound healing-related disorders. The company’s intellectual property portfolio includes pluripotent stem cell platforms – hESC and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) – and other cell therapy research programs.
Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation (OTC:ADMD) is a late stage development company engaged primarily in the development of brachytherapy devices and medical isotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. AMIC’s focus is on transitioning to full operations upon receipt of FDA clearance for its patented brachytherapy cancer products. Brachytherapy uses radiation to destroy cancerous tumors by placing a radioactive isotope inside or next to the treatment area. Annual sales of brachytherapy products exceed $1 billion, about half of which are in the United States. The Company intends to outsource material aspects of manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing for its products in the United States and to enter into licensing arrangements outside of the United States, though the Company will evaluate its alternatives before finalizing its plans.
Advaxis Inc. (NasdaqCM:ADXS ) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing multiple cancer immunotherapies based on its proprietary platform intended to redirect the immune system to kill cancer. The Advaxis Lm-LLO technology, using bioengineered live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, is the only known cancer immunotherapy agent shown in preclinical studies to both generate cancer fighting T-cells directed against a cancer antigen and neutralize Tregs and MSDCs, that protect the tumor microenvironment from immunologic attack and contribute to tumor growth. Advaxis’s lead immunotherapy, ADXS-HPV, targets human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers and is in clinical trials for three indications: Phase 2 in invasive cervical cancer, Phase 1/2 in head and neck cancer, and Phase 1/2 in anal cancer. The FDA has granted Advaxis orphan drug designation for each of these three indications. The Company plans to initiate a registrational clinical program for cervical cancer in 2014 and has established licensing partners in India and Asia for commercialization in those regions. Advaxis is planning to evaluate the combination of ADXS-HPV with an anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor in HPV-associated cancers. Advaxis’s second immunotherapy candidate in clinical testing will be ADXS-PSA, which is being developed to address prostate cancer. Advaxis is planning to file an IND with the FDA and initiate a Phase 1-2 clinical study with ADXS-PSA. Advaxis is also developing ADXS-cHER2, to target the Her2 receptor overexpressing cancers. Her2 is overexpressed in certain solid-tumor cancers, including pediatric bone cancer (or osteosarcoma), breast cancer, esophageal, and gastric cancer. Advaxis is developing ADXS-cHER2 for both human and animal-health, and has seen promising results in canine osteosarcoma, which is considered a model for human osteosarcoma. Advaxis is pursuing a clinical program in pediatric osteosarcoma and has licensed ADXS-cHER2 and three other immunotherapy constructs to a major animal-health company. Advaxis is planning to file an IND for ADXS-cHER2 in Her2 overexpressing cancers.
Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, Inc (OTC:AOLS) is developing a new class of broad-spectrum, catalytic-antioxidant compounds that protect healthy tissue from the damaging effects of radiation. Its first compound, AEOL 10150, is being developed, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as a medical countermeasure against chemical and radiological weapons. Its initial target indications are as a protective agent against the effects of acute radiation syndrome and delayed effects of acute radiation exposure. Aeolus’ strategy is to leverage the substantial investment in toxicology, manufacturing and preclinical and clinical studies of AEOL 10150 made by U.S. government agencies, including the contract with BARDA valued, with options, at up to $118.4 million, to efficiently develop the compound for use in oncology.
AEterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQCM:AEZS ; TSX: AEZ.TO ) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing and commercializing novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology. The Company’s pipeline encompasses compounds at various stages of development.
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTC: AEMD ) creates innovative medical devices to address life-threatening diseases. The Aethlon ADAPT™ (Adaptive Dialysis-like Affinity Platform Technology) establishes the basis for a new class of therapeutics that target the rapid elimination of disease enabling particles from the circulatory system of treated patients. The lead Aethlon ADAPT™ product is the Hemopurifier®, a device that addresses a broad-spectrum of viral pathogens as well as tumor-secreted exosomes that suppress the immune system of cancer patients. Aethlon is also operating under two government contracts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) related the development of a medical device to reduce the incidence of sepsis. Exosome Sciences, Inc. is a majority owned Aethlon subsidiary that is advancing exosome-based strategies to diagnose and monitor cancer and infectious disease progression.
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