SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

July 18, 2012 08:20 ET

Despite Facing Tougher Regulation Process Biotech Companies Showing Investors Impressive Gains in 2012

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Nektar Therapeutics

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2012) - The Biotechnology Industry has been soaring in 2012 as companies -- both large and small -- have shown impressive growth. The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) and the First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech Index ETF (FBT) year-to-date are up 37 percent and 35 percent, respectively, outperforming the broader market by a wide margin. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Biotechnology Industry and provides equity research on Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) and Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR).

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Despite having to negotiate a more challenging regulation process biotech companies have continued to show investors strong gains in 2012. The FDA Amendments Act of 2007 forced regulators to increase standards for approvals of new drugs, introducing mandatory risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. According to a Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology report from IMAP, several pharmaceutical firms have altered their drug portfolios from primary care driven blockbusters towards specialties such as oncology, immunology and inflammation, where the medical need is "so high that prices are more easily accepted by the regulators."

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Alnylam is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics based on RNA interference, or RNAi. The company is leading the translation of RNAi as a new class of innovative medicines with a core focus on RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of genetically defined diseases. Shares of the company surged over 50 percent Monday after reporting promising clinical results from its Phase I trial with ALN-TTR02.

Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics based on its PEGylation and advanced polymer conjugation technology platforms. Nektar has a robust R&D pipeline of potentially high-value therapeutics in pain, oncology, and other therapeutic areas. The company recently announced the private placement of $125 million of Senior Secured Notes due in 2017.

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