SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

April 23, 2012 08:20 ET

Pharmaceutical Companies Look to Biotech Industry to Combat Losses From Expiring Patents

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Biosante Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Exelixis, Inc.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - Mergers and Acquisitions have been a hot topic in in the Biotechnology Industry recently. Pharmaceutical giants face an unprecedented number of patent expirations for its pharmaceutical products between 2009 and 2013. It is apparent that pharmaceutical companies have begun to make strategic decisions to combat the anticipated losses. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Biotechnology Industry and provides equity research on Biosante Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: BPAX) and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL).

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According to a recent report by Dealogic, pharmaceutical deals totaled $18.5 billion globally this year, an increase of 5% from the same period last year. As larger companies continue to reduce spending on research and development they continue to look at smaller biotech companies to diversify their product lines. Mergers & Acquisitions allows bigger companies to acquire products and technologies that are already proven in the market place, avoiding the many risks associated with research and development.

On Thursday Biotechnology Company Human Genome Sciences rejected a $2.59 billion takeover bid from GlaxoSmithKline. The announcement comes just a day after Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche announced that it was abandoning its bid for U.S. biotech firm Illumina.

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BioSante is developing a portfolio of cancer vaccines, with 17 Phase I and Phase II clinical trials currently on-going. Four of these vaccines have been granted Orphan Drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Last month the company reported that its net loss was $51.6 million or $0.52 per share for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to a net loss of $46.2 million or $0.70 per share for 2010.

Exelixis, Inc. is a biotechnology company committed to developing small molecule therapies for the treatment of cancer. Exelixis is focusing its proprietary resources and development efforts exclusively on cabozantinib (XL184), its most advanced product candidate, in order to maximize the therapeutic and commercial potential of this compound. Exelixis believes cabozantinib has the potential to be a high-quality, broadly-active, differentiated pharmaceutical product that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients.

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