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Novartis

$87.49

3.03 (3.59%)

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Qiagen

$38.22

-0.255 (-0.66%)

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05/24/19
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Qiagen launches diagnostic for PIK3CA biomarkers in breast cancer

Qiagen (QGEN) announced the launch of its therascreen PIK3CA RGQ PCR Kit after it received U.S. regulatory approval as a companion diagnostic to aid in identifying breast cancer patients eligible for treatment with PIQRAY, a newly approved therapy developed and marketed by Novartis (NVS). The therascreen PIK3CA Kit is the first companion diagnostic assay to obtain premarket approval from the FDA for use in any cancer indication for detection of activating mutations in the PIK3CA gene. It is also the first FDA approved assay for guiding treatment decisions in breast cancer using plasma specimens as a liquid biopsy.

NVS

Novartis

$87.49

3.03 (3.59%)

QGEN

Qiagen

$38.22

-0.255 (-0.66%)

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NVS Novartis
$87.49

3.03 (3.59%)

05/24/19
FBCO
05/24/19
NO CHANGE
FBCO
Underperform
Zolgensma label breadth on higher end of expectations, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Evan Seigerman noted that the FDA announced approval for Novartis' (NVS) Zolgensma for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, in patients with bi-allelic mutations in the SMN1 gene under 2 years of age. The current wholesale acquisition cost for Biogen's (BIIB) Spinraza equates to a per-year treatment cost of $500,000 for the first year loading phase and $250,000-$375,000 per year for maintenance thereafter, which compares to a WAC of $2.125M for Zolgensma, which is administered just once, noted Seigerman. While investors generally expected Zolgensma would be approved, the breadth of the label was on the higher end of expectations, Seigerman tells investors. The pricing and label support his below consensus view of Spinraza, as he continues to expect that Zolgensma will become the preferred first option for infant-onset type 1 SMA, said the analyst, who reiterates his $198 price target and Underperform rating on Biogen shares.
05/20/19
FBCO
05/20/19
INITIATION
Target $336
FBCO
Neutral
Regeneron initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Evan Seigerman started Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) with a Neutral rating and $336 price target. The analyst is concerned that Eylea could face "increasing headwinds" with the upcoming launch of Novartis' (NVS) brolucizumab. Further, he believes consensus estimates for the Sanofi (SNY) collaboration may be too high.
05/20/19
RBCM
05/20/19
NO CHANGE
RBCM
RBC says posting hints at Zolgensma label potentially positive for PTC, Biogen
RBC Capital analyst Brian Abrahams noted a new posting on ClinicalTrials.gov that he said "looks like" an expanded access program for Zolgensma that he believes could possibly offer some hints as to the potential label under discussion with the FDA. The most interesting parts are the inclusion criteria, which he thinks could "represent a middle ground" in terms of the breadth of label Novartis (NVS) could obtain for the drug. If the posting is predictive of Zolgensma's initial label, he said he would see it as an incremental positive for Biogen (BIIB), as it would potentially reduce the worst-case scenario of Zolgensma being approved with no age or weight restrictions. It would also be an incremental positive for PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which Abrahams noted is looking to enter the space.
05/17/19
FBCO
05/17/19
NO CHANGE
Target $68
FBCO
Outperform
Alcon off to 'solid start' post-Novartis spin, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Matt Miksic reiterated an Outperform rating on Alcon (ALC) and raised his price target to $68 from $66 following the company's quarterly results, saying Alcon is off to a "solid start" following the spinoff from Novartis (NVS), and says he is incrementally more bullish on the company's revenue and growth drivers.
QGEN Qiagen
$38.22

-0.255 (-0.66%)

03/15/19
UBSW
03/15/19
INITIATION
Target $42
UBSW
Neutral
Qiagen initiated with a Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst Daniel Brennan started Qiagen with a Neutral rating and $42 price target. Both consensus and the company's long-term guidance call for revenue growth acceleration in 2019 and 2020 with growth sustained at 8.5% in 2021, Brennan tells investors in a research note. With Qiagen trading near 10-year high multiples, the stock's valuation reflects achievement of these targets, says the analyst. However, Brennan believes "this is certainly not assured," given the company's dependency upon several new diagnostic products.
02/05/19
PIPR
02/05/19
NO CHANGE
Target $36
PIPR
Neutral
Qiagen's 2020 revenue guidance appears 'reasonable,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst William Quirk maintained a Neutral rating on Qiagen after the company's Q4 EPS was in line with lower than expected revenue. In a research note to investors, Quirk says given core business trends, he feels 2020 revenue guidance of 8%-10% appears "reasonable." The analyst lowered his multiple to 22x from 26x shifting to 2020E but says he "appreciates" Qiagen's long-term growth drivers.

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