|By Marketwire .||
|September 3, 2012 08:20 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 09/03/12 -- Biotechnology stocks continue to be some of the strongest performers in the markets as favorable legislation, such as the FAST and TREAT acts, have helped boost investor optimism within the industry. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund (IBB) is up over 30 percent in 2012 -- handedly outperforming the Dow Jones industrial average year-to-date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) and Repros Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: RPRX).
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The FAST and TREAT acts introduced in 2012 have helped accelerate the development, review and approval process of medicines/personalized therapies for patients suffering from serious and life-threatening diseases. According to recent data from Thomas Reuters, biotech mergers & acquisitions activity is currently at a four-year high as large pharmaceuticals are facing major patent cliffs. So far in 2012 the volume of biotech M&A has exceeded $25 billion, compared to roughly 10 billion in the same period of 2011.
"Their patents have expired, and as a result they have holes in their revenue line they are trying to fill," said Scott Lindsay, global head of mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse. "The other part is just shoring up the pipeline they have. So even if they don't have a major patent problem, they're all looking for growth."
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ARIAD Pharmaceuticals is an emerging global oncology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines to transform the lives of cancer patients. The company recently announced the submission of Marketing Authorization Application for Ponatinib to the European Medicines Agency.
Repros Therapeutics is a development stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule drugs for major unmet medical needs in male and female health. The company reported that the FDA has provided guidance for a Phase 2 study of low dose oral Proellex in the treatment of endometriosis.
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