FierceBiotech  3 hrs ago  Comment 
Texas biotech Neos Therapeutics cleared $72 million in an IPO, raising cash to develop some reformulated takes on existing drugs for ADHD.  3 hrs ago  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - It's a brutal day for Biogen , and deservedly so, said TheStreet's Jim Cramer on CNBC's "Mad Dash" segment.  Shares are down 16.5% on Friday after the company's earnings missed on revenue expectations and said its...
FierceBiotech  4 hrs ago  Comment 
Biogen ended a bad week with a blast of bitter news that took another big bite out of its share price. Revenue was off target, with its big growth engine Tecfidera missing its marks in the MS market by a wide berth--creating the kind of nasty...
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Reuters  8 hrs ago  Comment 
Swiss biotech firm AC Immune is one step closer to a potential stock market listing after a decision this week by partner Roche to advance its experimental Alzheimer's drug crenezumab...
Wall Street Journal  Jul 23  Comment 
Jitters about Biogen’s current and future products may produce a rare buying opportunity in a hot sector.
Financial Times  Jul 23  Comment 
UK biotech company reports 9% sales rise
Motley Fool  Jul 23  Comment 
After pre-releasing revenue and sales numbers last week, investors got more details on the biotech's second quarter earnings.


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