TDI Episode 49: Pharma Huckman’s Market

March 23, 2008

Guest: Mike Huckman, CNBC Pharmaceutical Reporter brings great deal of timely information regarding the Pharma and Biotech sectors. We discuss Merck (MRK), Amgen (AMGN), Genentech (DNA), Dendreon (DNDN), Pfizer (PFE) and others.

Mike’s writes a terrific blog and appears daily on CNBC.

Mike Huckman

Andrew discusses the current markets and provides a few strategic moves for profit potential. Last week was a see-saw market and if positioned correctly, your portfolio could be holding up well. Even so, it looks as though the economic environment could continue to deteriorate. In this episode, we explore the next looming problem and how to protect yourself.

**AWARENESS and discussion of the Credit Card Crisis has not yet made it to the mainstream headlines, but we see that there is potential for additional economic fallout as Americans continue to build credit in order to pay for their increasingly expensive lifestyles.**

In this edition of The ZachZone, Visa (V) and upcoming IPOs are discussed.


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Good News for Dendreon, Bad News for Prostate Cancer

January 15, 2008

These days all eyes are on the state of the economy, not to mention the obsession with the financial sector. Maybe today is the day when we try to think about some of the other pressing matters that are important. Take as an example the good news announced today for Dendreon NASDAQ: (DNDN).

For months, there has been a monstrous backlash over the FDA’s approval letter that was… not approved. That was a big blow to the stock back in May, 2007. Since then, there has been an ongoing battle which was recently taken to the courts for further exploration. The assertion/scuttlebutt is that the FDA did not vote for reasons related to the drug. Rather, it is one of competition and greed. Whatever the outcome will be, today’s news brings those with prostate cancer, one more glint of hope that they will be able to gain access to what has been tagged as a “miracle drug.”

If nothing else, maybe that hope will be only a plane ride away as Europe has granted a patent to their lead product candidate, Provenge.

Dendreon Receives European Patent Covering PROVENGE(R) and Company’s ACI Platform Technology

Dendreon Corporation DNDN today announced that the company has been granted a broad European patent covering the company’s lead product candidate PROVENGE(R) (sipuleucel-T), the Company’s investigational active cellular immunotherapy for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. European patent No. 0 870 022 B1 covers the composition of matter of PROVENGE as well as the company’s other active cellular immunotherapy (ACI) product candidates, such as NEUVENGE(TM) (lapuleucel-T), which utilize Dendreon’s Antigen Delivery Cassette(TM) technology. The patent also covers methods of activating antigen presenting cells in vitro with certain fusion proteins developed by Dendreon, including the fusion protein that is used in PROVENGE.

The stock has been flat-lined since the FDA postponed their approval in May. Even as the company provides optimistic results and is fighting hard for their cause, it is tough to fight City Hall. Perhaps now the FDA will take notice and Read more