NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -05/11/12)- In recent months the Biotech Industry has become a hotbed of Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity and speculation. As large pharmaceuticals face major patent expirations in 2012 they have looked to biotech companies to provide new streams of revenue. Given the limited amount of quality companies, the ones with quality drugs and proven technologies stand to gain the most. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (PSTI) and Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALXA).
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The U.S. patent system will see a major change for the first time in over 60 years. The America Invents Act (AIA) will see the U.S. patent system transform from a "first to invent" to a "first to file" system. The majority of countries around the world have already adopted the "first to file" system. The AIA will help benefit biotech companies "by enhancing patent quality and the efficiency, objectivity, predictability and transparency of the U.S. patent system." BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood stated in a press release: "Small biotechnology companies rely heavily on their patents to attract investment," and "they will benefit from the improvements to our nation's patent system made by this legislation," added Greenwood.
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Shares of Pluristem Therapeautics jumped sharply Wednesday after the company reported that a seven year-old girl suffering from an aplastic bone marrow whose condition was rapidly deteriorating is now experiencing a reversal of her condition with a significant increase in her red cells, white cells and platelets following the intramuscular injection of the company's PLacental eXpanded (PLX) cells.
Alexza is a pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel, proprietary products for the acute treatment of central nervous system conditions. The company recently received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its New Drug Application for ADASUVE (loxapine) inhalation powder. Alexza plans to meet with the FDA to gain a better understanding of the specific deficiencies and this meeting will be scheduled as soon as practical.
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