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The Bedford Report

May 05, 2011 08:16 ET

Risky Biotech Stocks Look to Provide Large Payoff for Investors

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Human Genome Sciences & Rexahn Pharmaceuticals

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - Recent studies have shown that the chances of FDA approval for early stage drugs is dropping significantly, with medication designed to treat cancer being one of the least likely to receive regulatory authorization. Although it remains an exciting time in the biotech sector with several potential blockbusters working their way through the regulatory process, now more than ever, many analysts are urging investors to use caution. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Biotechnology Industry and provides research reports on Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: HGSI) and Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: RNN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

A recent study released by BIO and BioMedTracker claims that the success rate in bringing new medicines to market in the past six years is only about half of what it had been previously. The study claims, however that biotech drugs are twice as likely to gain approval, compared to more traditional chemical drugs. The study also finds that that drugs used to treat cancer are the most difficult to gain approval, with a small 4.7 percent success rate.

The study found that drugs moving from early stage Phase I clinical trials to FDA approval is roughly ten percent, down from around 20 percent in reports involving earlier years. The report adds that approval applications were filed for 55 percent of the drugs that made it to Phase III testing, and 80 percent of those gained eventual approval -- though only half were approved on initial review.

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Human Genome Sciences recently signed a deal with FivePrime Therapeutics to develop and subsequently commercialize a cancer therapy. The agreement pertains to FivePrime's oncology candidate FP-1039 for treating various cancer forms. Earlier this year the FDA approved Human Genome Sciences' Lupus Drug, Benlysta. Prior to Benlysta, FDA last approved drugs to treat lupus, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and corticosteroids, in 1955. Aspirin was approved to treat lupus in 1948. Human Genome Sciences has rich pipeline, with two other major drugs in Phase III development: Darapladib, which treats cardiovascular disease, and Syncria, which treats Type II Diabetes.

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals is developing and seeking to deliver cures for cancer and disorders of the central nervous system. Earlier this year the company said that it has been granted a European patent for its anti-cancer compounds.

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