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The Essential Biotech Sector Fall Preview

Biotech is very much driven by stock-specific catalysts like clinical trial results and FDA drug approvals, so a good showing for the last three months of the year will also hinge on the outcome of some key events.

Here is a list of the biotech events with the most potential impact for the remainder of 2010:
  • The FDA advisory panel for Arena Pharmaceuticals'(ARNA - Get Report) obesity drug lorcaserin on Sept. 16.
  • Amgen's results from a phase III study of denosumab in the prevention of prostate cancer.
  • Genzyme's ongoing M&A dance with Sanofi.
  • Presentation of hepatitis C drug data from Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Merck(MRK) at the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease annual meeting in November.
  • FDA's approval decision for Human Genome Sciences'(HGSI) lupus drug Benlysta on Dec. 9.
  • Likewise, the FDA's expected approval decision on Oct. 22 for the diabetes drug Bydureon from Amylin Pharmaceuticals(AMLN), Eli Lilly(LLY) and Alkermes(ALKS).
  • Medicare's national coverage determination meeting for Dendreon's prostate cancer vaccine Provenge on Nov. 17.
I previously put together a list of 21 drugs facing FDA approval decisions through the end of the year, so please check it out.

Here, too, is a list of important clinical trial results pending in 2010 and a calendar of biotech events for September.

--Written by Adam Feuerstein in Boston.

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