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Five Star Equities

August 30, 2012 08:20 ET

Biotech Industry Merger and Acquisition Activity at a Four-Year High

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on ImmunoGen and Osiris Therapeutics

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2012) - 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 (IBB) is up over 30 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 ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) and Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIR).

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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 Thomson 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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ImmunoGen develops targeted anticancer therapeutics using the Company's expertise in tumor biology, monoclonal antibodies, potent cancer-cell killing agents and engineered linkers. The company announced that Roche has reported updated results from its EMILIA Phase III trial that show patients treated with trastuzumab emtansine had a significant improvement in OS compared to those randomized to standard-of-care therapy.

Osiris Therapeutics is a leading stem cell company focused on developing and marketing products to treat medical conditions in the inflammatory, autoimmune, orthopedic and cardiovascular areas. Osiris' stem cell products have significant therapeutic potential because of their ability to regulate inflammation, promote tissue regeneration and prevent pathological scar formation.

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