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Appointments, Employee Option Grants, Clinical Data Presentations, New Launches, and Scheduled Financial Results - Research Report on Intuitive, Alexion, Sequenom, AcelRx, and Arrowhead

NEW YORK, December 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

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Today, Analysts' Corner announced new research reports highlighting Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG), Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN), Sequenom Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM), AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRX) and Arrowhead Research Corp. (NASDAQ: ARWR). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Research Report  

On December 10, 2013, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Intuitive Surgical) reported that equity awards approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, which consist entirely of Independent Directors, were distributed to 40 new employees. According to the Company, pursuant to NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5635(c) (4), the equity awards were granted under the Intuitive Surgical 2009 Commencement Incentive Plan, which the Company's Board of Directors adopted for granting equity awards to new employees. Intuitive Surgical informed that 40 employees were granted options to purchase an aggregate of 19,132 shares of the Company's common stock, vested over four years and expire in 10 years assuming continued employment. According to the Company, the exercise price for the option shares was granted at $377.38, which was the closing price of the Company's common stock on the NASDAQ Global Market on December 6, 2013. According to Intuitive Surgical, the Company's policy is to issue stock option grants to new employees on the fifth business day of every calendar month. The Full Research Report on Intuitive Surgical, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/5f98_ISRG

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Research Report

On December 8, 2013, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Alexion) announced that researchers presented data from clinical trials demonstrating the clinical benefits of chronic Soliris (eculizumab) treatment in patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as well as new patient registry data, providing further insight into optimal care for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 55th Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. According to the Company, Soliris is a first-in-class terminal complement inhibitor, specifically targets uncontrolled complement activation, and is the first and only approved treatment for patients with PNH, a debilitating, ultra-rare and life-threatening blood disorder characterized by complement-mediated hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells). According to Alexion, Soliris is approved in nearly 50 countries for the treatment of PNH, including the United States, European Union and Japan. "Extensive clinical data presented at ASH demonstrate a significant and sustained inhibition of complement-mediated TMA with Soliris treatment and support the chronic use of Soliris in pediatric and adult patients with aHUS. New biomarker data also reinforce the need for chronic terminal complement inhibition in patients with aHUS and suggest that a loss of terminal complement inhibition could lead to a marked increase in thrombotic risk with the potential for sudden and catastrophic damage to vital organs," said Leonard Bell, M.D., CEO of Alexion. The Full Research Report on Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/4619_ALXN

Sequenom Inc. Research Report  

On December 10, 2013, Sequenom Inc. (Sequenom) announced that Laboratoire Cerba has launched its validated noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT) to health care providers and their patients in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and portions of the Middle East and Africa. According to the Company, Laboratoire Cerba's test utilizes patented technology licensed from Sequenom to analyze the relative amounts of chromosomes 21, 18 and 13 in cell-free fetal DNA obtained from a maternal blood sample. "We are pleased to now offer prenatal testing through our network with the use of Sequenom's patented technology," said Sylvie Cado, Chief Operating Officer of Laboratoire Cerba. According to the Company, under the license from Sequenom, Laboratoire Cerba has the right to market its noninvasive test in multiple countries, including France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Cameroun. The Full Research Report on Sequenom Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/d291_SQNM

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Research Report

On December 11, 2013, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AcelRx Pharmaceuticals) announced that Richard F. Afable, M.D, President and CEO of Covenant Health Network, was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. "As CEO of an integrated healthcare delivery network that includes seven hospitals, Dr. Afable is at the forefront of changing how healthcare is delivered in the US.  We are delighted that Rick is going to be able to bring those insights to AcelRx," said Richard King, President and CEO of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals. According to the AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Guy Nohra, Co-founder and Managing Director of Alta Partners, resigned from the Company's Board as of December 10, 2013. The Full Research Report on AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/0c95_ARWR

Arrowhead Research Corp. Research Report  

On December 11, 2013, Arrowhead Research Corp. (Arrowhead Research) announced that it will report its financial results for Q4 FY 2013, and full-year FY 2013 (period ended September 30, 2013), on  Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Full Research Report on Arrowhead Research Corp. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/1454_ACRX

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