NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -05/18/12)- The Biotechnology Industry has shown investors some impressive gains this year. The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) is up nearly 25 percent year-to-date. A flurry of mergers & acquisitions activity and a growing number of FDA approvals have been contributing factors to the industry's recent boom. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on AEterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) and Celsion Corporation (CLSN).
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"In 2011, the U.S. FDA approved 30 new drugs, compared to 21 in 2010. We see an improving trend for FDA first cycle approvals and a rise in the rate of new drug approvals for rare diseases. We think these trends are helping to boost investor sentiment toward the agency, after years of criticism stemming from its inconsistency in making and communicating its decisions," Steven Silver, S&P Capital IQ Analyst, said in a recent note.
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Aeterna Zentaris is an oncology and endocrinology drug development company currently investigating treatments for various unmet medical needs. The Company's pipeline encompasses compounds at all stages of development, from drug discovery through to marketed products. Revenues were $9.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to $7.4 million for the same quarter in 2011.
Celsion Corporation is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company singularly focused on developing its unique heat activated liposomal technology to create more efficacious versions of marketed cancer therapeutics that have the additional benefit of an improved safety profile. ThermoDox is currently being evaluated under a Special Protocol Assessment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a global, multi-center, randomized, pivotal Phase III trial (the HEAT Study) in patients with non-resectable primary liver cancer.
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