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  • Fund Manager Picks Biotech, Pharma Stocks Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    Scott Richter, portfolio manager with Fifth Third Asset Management, oversees the Fifth Third Disciplined Large Cap Value Fund. The fund is up 8 percent year-to-date and 13 percent over the last three years. The strategist offered CNBC viewers and CNBC.com readers a few of his favorite stocks in the health care and biotechnology sector.

  • Pfizer's Inside R&D Move: Are Investors Buying It? Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    Close on the heels of announcing the hiring of a Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer this morning named a new head of Global Research and Development to replace John LaMattina who had earlier said he'd be leaving the drug company. It was on LaMattina's watch that Pfizer's next potential breakout blockbuster drug, torcetrapib for cholesterol, failed in a late-stage clinical trial.

  • Pfizer's Got Talent! (Auditions In A City Near You) Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 10:39 AM ET

    Pfizer put out a press release this morning announcing that it has added another office in the C-Suite. The world's biggest drug company has hired a CTO. What's a CTO, you ask?? Well, it doesn't stand for what you might guess--Chief Technology Officer. Nope, Pfizer has created the position of Chief Talent Officer.

  • Tylenol And The Thalidomide Scares: Moving Forward Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 4:35 PM ET
    Old and new bottles of Tylenol products.

    This week it's 25 years since the first of seven people in Chicagoland died after taking Tylenol laced with cyanide. The scare led to new industry-standard, tamper-resistant over-the-counter drug packaging and became an enduring textbook case for corporate crisis management.

  • Team Biotech at the boutique firm of Rodman & Renshaw is picking up coverage today of the highly controversial therapeutic cancer vaccine space. In a 330-page research packet for clients analyst Ren Benjamin provides a nearly 200-page primer on the technology and then individual notes on four therapeutic cancer vaccine companies.

  • Pharmas Reaping Benefits of Weak Dollar Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 3:18 PM ET

    The Dow is sitting at a new high and you could argue that the move in the pharmaceuticals sector today is largely market related with Dow components Merck, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson all trading up. As I write this the biggest dollar gainer in the group is Eli Lilly. But the largest percentage gainer is Schering-Plough.

  • Dendreon's Provenge: The Latest On Cancer Drug Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 9:34 AM ET

    Everyone's favorite biotech--investors seem to either love it or hate it--was one of the presenters this morning at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference in New York City. CEO Dr. Mitchell Gold once again did the honors. Generally speaking, biotech investors focus on milestones or key events in drug development.

  • Drugs On TV: My Review Of What's Playing Now Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 8:55 AM ET

    A couple of days home sick with daytime television as your nursemaid can tell you a lot about the current state of multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical advertising. Yeah, we all know it's ubiquitous, but there are at least a couple of noticeable new players and an older one hitting the airwaves.

  • Medicare: We Want Proof On Anemia Drugs Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 2:56 PM ET

    Right on the heels of my previous blog entry about an analyst saying a Medicare reconsideration of its anemia drug reimbursement policy may be in the offing comes this news out of the agency.

  • Amgen: Getting a Second Chance From Medicare? Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    After being down about half-a-dollar in early trading, volatile shares of Amgen are trimming their loses and heading back into positive territory at this writing. That turnaround could be from the dissemination of a research note from Wachovia biotech analyst George Farmer.

  • "Cell" Turns Sirtris Into Serious Buy Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

    It's relatively lightly traded and it's a very small market cap (under $500 million), but shares of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals are sitting at a new high in the early going today. The stock has had a very nice move since the end of June when it was trading for less than 10 bucks. Today, it's over $15.

  • Needling BioCryst Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 2:46 PM ET

    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals drew the short straw, er, needle. The biotech company says a majority of patients in a mid-stage clinical trial of its experimental seasonal and pandemic flu antiviral Peramivir got the drug using too short of an injection needle.

  • "Star Wars": Chewbacca's Revenge on Pfizer Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 1:59 PM ET
    Chewbacca

    I'm fully aware that this story actually broke yesterday, and was picked up by a couple of competitors, but after receiving today's morning research note from Miller Tabak healthcare analyst Les Funtleyder, I couldn't resist writing this post.

  • ImClone's Erbitux And The Dueling Analysts Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 2:04 PM ET
    ImClone - Erbitux

    Because it's so extraordinarily rare--if not unheard of--for one analyst to publish research specifically to refute another analyst I thought this is blogworthy. Last Friday, FBR biotech analyst Jim Reddoch told clients in a research note that he was downgrading ImClone Systems to Market Perform in the wake of the robust data released last week on Erbitux...

  • ImClone's New CEO: Already Repeating The Past? Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 2:26 PM ET

    Recently I blogged about the hiring of a new CEO at ImClone Systems and the unique clause in his contract requiring him to buy half-a-million dollars worth of stock in the company. My suspicion was that ImClone Chairman and billionaire shareholder Carl Icahn had a hand in that.

  • Biovail Case: The Reply From A David Maris Lawyer Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 10:52 AM ET

    Yesterday, I blogged that messages to each of David Maris' lawyers seeking comment on Biovail "dropping" or "settling" its case against the former Bank of America Securities analyst had gone without a response. Well, this morning I got this email from one of his attorneys tossing the ball back in Biovail's court:

  • FDA Meetings And Latest On Biotech Front Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 10:59 AM ET

    So, I thought I'd be spending today monitoring the webcast of the FDA Advisory Committees that are meeting to decide whether doctors should use less of the anemia drugs from Amgen and Johnson & Johnson to treat kidney dialysis patients.

  • Isis, Alnylam (Shazam!) Create Regulus Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 11:59 AM ET
    Leo Regulus

    Call it a stellar, mythic merger. This morning Isis Pharmaceuticals (named after the goddess in Egyptian mythology) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (named after the center star in Orion's belt) announced they're forming a joint venture called Regulus Therapeutics, LLC (named after the brightest star in the constellation Leo). I'm sensing a theme here.

  • Amylin's Byetta LAR: Wait Is On For Results Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    An update from the NewsMakers in Biotech conference in NYC on an item of intense interest. Amylin Pharmaceuticals just held a well-attended PowerPoint presentation followed by a very cramped breakout session. And pretty much the only thing investors and analysts wanted to talk about is Byetta LAR (long-acting release).

  • Biotech Conference: Hoping For A Repeat Year Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

    Blogging from the 14th NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry conference put on by BioCentury and Thomson Financial in Manhattan. It's a rare opportunity to spend a day getting possible story ideas and networking with sources.