NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -08/20/12)- 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 is up over 28 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 MannKind Corp. (MNKD) and VIVUS, Inc. (VVUS).
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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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MannKind Corp. focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Their lead investigational product candidate, AFREZZA is a novel, ultra rapid-acting mealtime insulin therapy. AFREZZA is in late stage clinical investigation for the treatment of adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
VIVUS is developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea and sexual health. For the second quarter ended June 30, 2012, VIVUS reported a loss of $24.0 million, or $0.24 per share, as compared to a loss of $16.2 million, or $0.20 per share for the second quarter last year.
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