Biotech Breakthrough

Investors are eager to hear results from Amylin and Biogen, Thursday. It seems the future of both firms could lie in the hands of Fast Money friend Carl Icahn!


Icahn has been very outspoken about this firm. The activist investor is agitating for changes on the firm’s board, hoping to trigger a sale. In an exclusive Fast Money interview Icahn told us, “it’s a perfect match for a large pharmaceutical company.”

Meanwhile, investors are planning to take a close look at the pipeline. Concern is growing over Tysbri which is sold with restrictions after some patients taking the drug developed a rare infection.

Revenue has been driven by the company's multiple sclerosis drug, Avonex. Biogen also sells the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis drug Rituxan in collaboration with Genentech, which is now part of Roche.

What should you expect?

”I think if there’s another biotech name that gets taken over it’s this one,” says Cowen & Co. biotech analyst Eric Schmidt. In fact, Schmidt is bullish on the stock but not just for M&A. “I think it’s a buy on fundamentals.”

That's somewhat unusual for a biotech. Typically they're a takeover play. But Schmidt goes on to explain that “on a fundamental basis the company is probably worth $65." Right now it's at $51. "And if takeover talk is real then there should be a premium to that $65.”


Icahn is also attempting to shake things up at this firm, and recently called for the resignation of its CEO Joseph Cook saying he has overseen the destruction of shareholder value through poor strategic decisions.

In a letter to Cook, Icahn said, "like an "imperial" chairman you have taken steps to entrench yourself that we believe to be unconscionable."

Amylin makes the popular diabetes drug Byetta in partnership with Eli Lilly.

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