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US Biotech/Pharma Sector Update: February 15

|Includes: Editas Medicine (EDIT), EVOK, ZSAN

The key news of the day was Editas medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT) winning the patent dispute against Intellia (NASDAQ:NTLA). Shares of Editas medicine were up 28% while shares of Intellia and Crispr Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP) dropped. We sold our Intellia holdings in Vasuda healthcare analytics and have kept Editas since the patent for CRISPT/Cpf1 was awarded to Editas. We belive that CRISPR/Cpf1 is a more potent and safer genomic editing technology than CRISPR/Cas9. The patent ruling could still be appealed but till then, stay tuned.

(Jefferies take on CRISPR patent ruling, source: twitter)

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Our open position, Radius Health (NASDAQ:RDUS) was up today after rumors of takeover interest from Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG). Read our analysis on Radius Health here.

Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX) announced that it will start a mid-stage study of its RSV vaccine candidate, Shares were up 18%.

Evoke Pharma (NASDAQ:EVOK) was up 60% after announcing that FDA will not require it to conduct a human factors study support NDA filing for Gimoto to treat diabetic gastroparesis.

Ardelyx (NASDAQ:ARDX) announced successful results from a phase 3 clinical trial to treat hyperphosphatemia in end-stage kidney disease. Howver, 395 patients had diarrhea with 7.8% discontinuations. Another phase 3 study is planned.

Zosano (NASDAQ:ZSAN) stock continued to rip higher (up more than 40% today). It could be taken over like Colucid.

Insider buying seen in nanocap Amarillo Biosciences (OTCPK:AMAR) by CEO.

Insider selling seen in Fibrogen (NASDAQ:FGEN) by CEO, Invitae (NYSE:NVTA) by some C-suite executives, Orasure Technologies (NASDAQ:OSUR), and Vertex (NASDAQ:VRTX).


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Disclosure: I am/we are long ZSAN, RDUS, NVTA , EDIT, NVAX.