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The Daily Biotech Pulse: Lilly COVID-19 Antibody Cocktail Approved for Emergency Use, Gamida, Genfit Jump On Data, 2 IPOs

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Here's a roundup of top developments in the biotech space over the last 24 hours.

Scaling The Peaks

(Biotech Stocks Hitting 52-week Highs Feb. 10)

  • 9 Meters Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: NMTR)

  • Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AGIO)

  • Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: AMRX)

  • AngioDynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANGO)

  • argenx SE – ADR (NASDAQ: ARGX)

  • Arcus Biosciences Inc (NYSE: RCUS)

  • Aslan Pharmaceuticals Ltd (NASDAQ: ASLN)

  • Assertio Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ASRT)

  • Bausch Health Companies Inc (NYSE: BHC)

  • BridgeBio Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: BBIO)

  • Celcuity Inc (NASDAQ: CELC)

  • Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc (NASDAQ: CBMG)

  • ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ: CCXI)

  • Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ: CMRX)

  • Clearpoint Neuro Inc (NASDAQ: CLPT)

  • Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ: COLL)

  • Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT)

  • DarioHealth Corp (NASDAQ: DRIO)

  • Edap Tms SA (NASDAQ: EDAP)

  • Eton Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ETON)

  • Evogene Ltd (NASDAQ: EVGN)

  • Eyenovia Inc (NASDAQ: EYEN)

  • Glaukos Corp (NYSE: GKOS)

  • Guardion Health Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: GHSI)

  • Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE: HAE)

  • Fulgent Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: FLGT)

  • Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO)

  • Ideaya Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: IDYA)

  • Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN)

  • Immunocore Holdings PLC – ADR (NASDAQ: IMCR) (IPOed Friday)

  • Inari Medical Inc (NASDAQ: NARI)

  • Inspire Medical Systems Inc (NYSE: INSP)

  • Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc (NASDAQ: ITCI)

  • iTeos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ITOS)

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: JAZZ)

  • Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) ( reacted to a positive mid-stage readout for an oral investigational therapy for hereditary angioedema)

  • Karuna Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: KRTX)

  • Kintara Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: KTRA)

  • Landos Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: LABP)

  • Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: LGND)

  • Marker Therapeutics Inc. common stock (NASDAQ: MRKR)

  • Medpace Holdings Inc(NASDAQ: MEDP)

  • MiMedx Group Inc (NASDAQ: MDXG)

  • Morphic Holding Inc (NASDAQ: MORF)

  • Nantkwest Inc (NASDAQ: NK)

  • Neubase Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NBSE)

  • Novan Inc (NASDAQ: NOVN)

  • Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX)

  • Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ: NVCR)

  • Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: OPNT)

  • Organogenesis Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ORGO)

  • Outlook Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OTLK)

  • Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PRTK)

  • PDS Biotechnology Corp (NASDAQ: PDSB)

  • Prelude Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PRLD)

  • Prothena Corporation PLC (NASDAQ: PRTA)

  • Qiagen NV (NYSE: QGEN)

  • Radius Health Inc (NASDAQ: RDUS)

  • Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS)

  • Salarius Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SLRX)

  • Seelos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SEEL)

  • Sesen Bio Inc (NASDAQ: SESN)

  • SpringWorks Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SWTX)

  • SurModics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRDX)

  • Synlogic Inc (NASDAQ: SYBX)

  • Terns Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: TERN) (IPOed Friday)

  • TherapeuticsMD Inc (NASDAQ: TXMD)

  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA)

  • Veracyte Inc (NASDAQ: VCYT)

  • Vericel Corp (NASDAQ: VCEL)

  • Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: VRCA

  • Veru Inc (NASDAQ: VERU)

  • Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR)

  • Zosano Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: ZSAN)

Down In The Dumps

None of the biopharma/medical device/diagnostic stocks hit 52-week lows Tuesday.

Stocks In Focus Lilly's Antibody Combo Gets Emergency Use Authorization For Treating Mild-to-moderate COVID-19

Eli Lilly And Co (NYSE: LLY) said FDA granted emergency use authorization for investigational bamlanivimab, 700 mg, and etesevimab 1400 mg together. This therapy is authorized for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in patients aged 12 and older who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.

Bamlanivimab and etesevimab should be administered together via a single intravenous infusion as soon as possible after a positive COVID-19 test and within 10 days of symptom onset, Lilly said.

Lilly had licensed bamlanivimab from AbCellera Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: ABCL).

In after-hours trading, AbCellera rose 0.85% to $47.40 and Lilly was up a more modest 0.045% at $201.80.

Genfit Announces Publication of Positive Phase 2 Data For Elafibranor In Treating Liver Disease

Genfit SA (NASDAQ: GNFT) announced publication in the Journal of Hepatology, positive results from the Phase 2 study of elafibranor in patients with primary biliary cholangitis with incomplete response to ursodeoxycholic acid.

These data show a clinically relevant improvement on the primary and composite biochemical endpoints, a positive trend on pruritus improvement, while maintaining a favorable tolerability profile, all of which are supportive of the conduct of ELATIVE, a longer term, larger scale pivotal Phase 3 study to evaluate elafibranor in patients with PBC, the company said.

The stock soared 150% to $13 in after-hours trading.

Gamida Presents Positive Late-stage Data For Omidubicel In Treating Hematologic Malignancies In Transplant Patients

Gamida Cell Ltd (NASDAQ: GMDA) announced presentation at the Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings, results of the Phase 3 study of omidubicel in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplant.

The results of the study showed that omidubicel resulted in faster hematopoietic recovery, fewer bacterial and viral infections and fewer days in hospital, all of which are meaningful results and represent potentially important advancements in care when considering the patient experience following transplant," said Mitchell Horwitz, principal investigator of the study.

In after-hours trading, the stock rallied 67.85% to $16.60.

Related Link: Attention Biotech Investors: Mark Your Calendar For February PDUFA Dates

Regeneron, Sanofi Gets Label Expansion For Libtayo

The FDA approved an expansion in the label for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi SA's (NASDAQ: SNY) immunotherapy Libtayo for treating patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma previously treated with a hedgehog pathway inhibitor, HHI, or for whom an HHI is not appropriate.

Full approval was granted for patients with locally advanced BCC and accelerated approval was granted for patients with metastatic BCC.

Moderna Strikes Vaccine Supply Agreements With Taiwan and Columbia

Moderna Inc (NASDAQ: MRNA) announced two supply agreements for its COVID-19 Vaccine - one with the government of Taiwan for 5 million doses and another with the government of Colombia for 10 million doses. Under the terms of the agreements, deliveries would begin in mid-2021.

The vaccine is not currently approved for use in Taiwan or Colombia, and Moderna said it will work with regulators to pursue necessary approvals prior to distribution.

Aptevo Confirms Activist Investor's Intention to Nominate Its Slate of Directors

Aptevo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: APVO) confirmed that it has received a notice from Tang Capital Partners regarding the latter's intention to nominate two candidates to stand for election to the Aptevo's board. Tango also intends to submit an advisory stockholder proposal at the company's 2021 annual shareholder meeting.

Aptevo said its board will review the nominations and proposal notice of Tang and will present its recommendations to stockholders in its proxy statement with respect to the 2021 annual meeting.

The stock gained 2.02% to $39.35 in after-hours trading.

Offerings

Iterum Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: ITRM) said it has entered into definitive agreements with several healthcare-focused institutional investors for the purchase and sale of 17.5 million of its ordinary shares at a purchase price of $2 per ordinary share in a registered direct offering priced at-the-market.

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Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ: ENLV) announced an increase in the size of the previously announced offering and purchase on a firm commitment basis of 2.296 million shares at a price of $20 per ordinary share, for raising gross proceeds of $46 million.

The stock slid 7.83% to $22.12 in after-hours trading.

Assertio said it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with certain institutional investors to purchase 35 million shares of its common stock at a price of 98 cents per share.

SQZ Biotechnologies Co (NYSE: SQZ) said it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 3 million shares of common stock. All of the shares of common stock are being offered by the company.

Codiak BioSciences Inc (NASDAQ: CDAK) said it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 2.5 million shares of its common stock. All the shares to be sold in the proposed offering will be sold by Codiak.

The stock slid 1.96% to $24 in after-hours trading.

KalVista said it intends to offer and sell 4.5 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. All of the shares will be offered and sold by KalVista.

The stock added 7.49% to $36.01 in after-hours trading.

Mereo BioPharma Group ADR Representing 5 Ord Shs (NASDAQ: MREO) said it intends to offer ADSs in an underwritten public offering. All of the ADSs in the offering are to be sold by Mereo, with net proceeds to be used to fund ongoing clinical development of product candidates and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

In after-hours trading, the stock was down 0.33% to $3.04.

Cassava Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: SAVA) said has entered into a definitive agreement with several healthcare-focused and other institutional investors for the purchase of 4.082 shares of its common stock, at a purchase price per share of $49 apiece, for gross proceeds of about $200 million, in a registered direct offering.

The stock was sliding 13.74% to $49.65 in premarket trading Wednesday.

On The Radar Clinical Readouts

Protalix Biotherapeutics Inc (NYSE: PLX) is scheduled to present at the 17th Annual WORLDSymposium, one year of treatment data from BRIDGE, a phase 3 open-label study of pegunigalsidase alfa to treat patients with Fabry disease.

Earnings:

Polypid Ltd (NASDAQ: PYPD) (before the market open)
Veru Inc (NASDAQ: VERU) (before the market open)
Kamada Ltd. (NASDAQ: KMDA) (before the market open)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NYSE: TEVA) (before the market open)
Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA) (after the market close)
Pacific Biosciences of California Inc (NASDAQ: PACB) (after the market close)
Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM) (after the market close)
Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) (after the market close)
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) (after the market close)

IPOs

French clinical-stage biotech Biophytis S.A., which focuses on development of therapeutics that slow the degenerative processes associated with aging, priced its initial public offering of 1.2 million ADSs at $16.75 apiece, below the estimated price range of $15-$18. Each ADS represents the right to receive 10 ordinary shares. The ADSs will begin trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol BPTS.

Vallon Pharma, a clinical-stage biopharma focusing on therapies for central nervous system disorders, priced its IPO of $2.25 million shares of its common stock at $8 per share, for gross proceeds of $18 million. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol VLON.

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