Intrexon Corp(XON)- NYSE
  • Tue, Sep. 13, 2:49 AM
    • After meeting with the top four congressional leaders on Monday, President Obama said he was encouraged that lawmakers would be able to reach an agreement on funding to fight the Zika virus.
    • In February, Obama had asked Congress to approve $1.9B in emergency funds to battle Zika with diagnostic tools and vaccines, but disagreements over side issues related to abortion led to divisions about full funding.
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    | Tue, Sep. 13, 2:49 AM | 19 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 9, 5:34 AM
    • Pre-dawn aerial spraying for Zika-carrying mosquitoes has begun in Miami Beach, but it's bugging out some locals due to health concerns surrounding insecticide Naled.
    • Originally scheduled for Thursday, the spraying was delayed for a day after angry residents protested.
    • So far there have been 56 locally transmitted and 596 travel-related Zika cases in Florida. According to the CDC, there are 2,977 cases of the virus in the continental U.S.
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    | Fri, Sep. 9, 5:34 AM | 40 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 8, 2:58 AM
    • A bipartisan coalition of Florida politicians are urging the U.S. government to step up efforts to fight Zika, including sanctioning the emergency use of Intrexon's (NYSE:XON) genetically engineered mosquitoes.
    • Emphasizing the point, Florida Rep. David Jolly brought a container of mosquitoes onto the House floor Wednesday to criticize Congress for failing to pass legislation to combat the virus in the Sunshine State.
    | Thu, Sep. 8, 2:58 AM | 7 Comments
  • Sun, Aug. 28, 12:52 PM
    • Singapore authorities have identified 41 Zika cases that were transmitted locally, and warned that they expect to find more.
    • The cases appear to be the largest single beachhead the virus has made in Asia in the current epidemic, which has also been detected in countries like Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines.
    • On Thursday, China added the U.S. to a list of Zika-infected countries, worrying U.S. exporters, who fear they will be required to fumigate containers destined for Chinese ports.
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    | Sun, Aug. 28, 12:52 PM | 18 Comments
  • Sun, Aug. 21, 8:56 AM
    • Federal health officials are warning pregnant women and their partners not to travel to Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination.
    • The CDC also suggested that pregnant women who are especially worried about Zika exposure might consider avoiding all of Miami-Dade County.
    • Other fears? In addition to causing the birth defect microcephaly, a new study from Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests the virus may cause brain damage in adults as well.
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    | Sun, Aug. 21, 8:56 AM | 50 Comments
  • Sun, Aug. 14, 1:03 PM
    • Three new non-travel cases of the Zika virus have been found in Florida, including another person who doesn't live in the one-square-mile area believed to be the hub of local transmission, bringing the number of cases confirmed there so far to 28.
    • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning two weeks ago for pregnant women to avoid this area of Miami. Zika has been shown to cause birth defects, including microcephaly, which causes severe developmental problems.
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    | Sun, Aug. 14, 1:03 PM | 25 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 12, 4:38 AM
    • The Obama administration will transfer a total of $81M within the Department of Health and Human Services to work on Zika vaccines amid an increase in cases in the United States.
    • The money is intended to keep research going despite the lack of funding from U.S. lawmakers, who left for summer recess before allocating funds to halt the spread of the virus.
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    | Fri, Aug. 12, 4:38 AM | 23 Comments
  • Tue, Aug. 9, 4:32 PM
    • Intrexon (NYSE:XON): Q2 EPS of -$0.42 may not be comparable to consensus of -$0.26.
    • Revenue of $52.5M (+17.0% Y/Y) misses by $1.28M.
    • Press Release
    | Tue, Aug. 9, 4:32 PM | 7 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 8, 5:35 PM
  • Sun, Aug. 7, 12:40 PM
    • As fears mount about the impacts of Zika, Canaccord's Tony Dwyer is warning that the health crisis (compounded with Italian bank issues, a more hawkish Fed and energy price weakness) could morph into the Ebola scare that enveloped the market two years ago.
    • The S&P 500 slipped 1.7% off its peak once the first U.S. Ebola case was reported in September 2014, and by the time the third American case was diagnosed, the market was already down 7%.
    • "Obviously, no two situations are exactly alike, but this is pretty close," concluded Dwyer. "I'm not looking for anything like a 10% decline... but this could be the catalyst we've been looking for."
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    | Sun, Aug. 7, 12:40 PM | 58 Comments
  • Thu, Aug. 4, 5:01 AM
    • U.S. government researchers have begun their first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine while the Obama administration told lawmakers funds to fight the virus would run out in the coming weeks due to congressional inaction.
    • The number of locally spread Zika cases has jumped to 15 in Florida and the amount of U.S. states affected has reached 45. As of July 27, 1,658 travel associated cases of Zika were reported across the continental U.S. and Hawaii.
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    | Thu, Aug. 4, 5:01 AM | 21 Comments
  • Wed, Aug. 3, 11:42 AM
    • Intrexon (XON +8.1%) pushes to session highs amid potential FDA approval for the use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the battle against the Zika virus in Florida.
    • Oxitec, a U.K. subsidiary of the U.S. synthetic biology company, says it has been invited by Florida officials to propose a pilot study in the Florida Keys to evaluate the GM mosquito strain's effectiveness in reducing populations of Aedes mosquitoes, which can spread diseases including Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.
    • Oxitec says efficacy trials in Brazil, Panama, and the Cayman Islands showed that its GM mosquitoes can reduce localized Aedes aegypti populations by more than 90%.
    • Florida health officials so far have confirmed 15 non-travel related cases of Zika.
    | Wed, Aug. 3, 11:42 AM | 7 Comments
  • Tue, Aug. 2, 2:38 AM
    • Federal health officials have advised pregnant women to avoid a Miami neighborhood - marking the first time the CDC has warned against travel to any area within the continental U.S. - as a Zika outbreak led to 10 more local cases.
    • Other troubling news... Director Tom Frieden said that extensive spraying of insecticides in the area over the past several weeks has not reduced the local population of mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus.
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    | Tue, Aug. 2, 2:38 AM | 38 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 29, 10:07 AM
    • Health officials in Florida confirm that the state is the first in the U.S. to have local cases of transmission of the Zika virus.
    • Four individuals with the illness had not traveled to Zika-infected areas or had any other direct exposure to the virus.
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    | Fri, Jul. 29, 10:07 AM | 32 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 22, 5:00 AM
    • Health officials are investigating a second possible non-travel related case of Zika infection in Florida. To date, there are 334 cases of Zika in the state, including 46 pregnant women.
    • More alarms? Brazilian scientists have found a second species, Culex quinquefasciatus, which can transmit the virus. Culex mosquitoes are far more common in temperate zones, such as in the United States.
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    | Fri, Jul. 22, 5:00 AM | 32 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 20, 4:44 AM
    • Florida health officials are investigating a possible case of Zika that wasn't carried back by a traveler.
    • If it's confirmed, it would be the first evidence the virus has spread to mosquitoes in the continental U.S.
    • All 1,306 American cases up to now have been in people who traveled to Zika-affected regions or their sexual partners.
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    | Wed, Jul. 20, 4:44 AM | 21 Comments