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Biotech Calendar: Key Dates for October

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The October biotech calendar is chock-full of potentially stock moving events, including a dozen drugs facing U.S. approval decisions.

Phase III or pivotal studies that could report results in October:
  • Bristol-Myers(BMY) Squibb's melanoma drug ipilimumab.
  • Corcept Therapeutics'(CORT) Corlux in Cushing's syndrome.
  • Seattle Genetics'(SGEN) brentuximab vedotin in anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
  • Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals'(CYCC) seliciclib in non-small cell lung cancer.

Oct. 1

FDA drug approval decision: Hospira' (HSP) Dyloject for acute moderate-to-severe pain in adults.

FDA drug approval decisions: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Nucynta for pain indications.

Oct. 4

FDA drug approval decision: Human Genome Sciences' (HGSI) Zalbin for hepatitis C.

Oct. 8-12

European Society for Medical Oncology annual meeting. Data presentations to include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) (abiraterone), Oxigene (OXGN) (Zybrestat), Seattle Genetics (SGN-75), Allos Therapeutics (ALTH) (Folotyn) and Arqule (ARQL) (ARQ197).

The Obesity Society annual meeting. Stocks of interest include Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), Vivus (VVUS - Get Report) and Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX).

Oct. 11

FDA drug approval decision: Alexza Pharmaceuticals' (ALXA - Get Report) AZ-004 for agitation in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

FDA drug approval decision: Jazz Pharmaceuticals' (JAZZ) JZP-6 for fibromyalgia.

Oct. 12

FDA drug approval decision: Alkermes (ALKS - Get Report) Vivitrol for opioid addiction.

Oct 13-16

European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) annual meeting. Data presentations to include Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) (Teriflunomide), Biogen Idec (BIIB) and Elan (ELN) (Tysabri) and Genzyme (GENZ) (Campath).

Oct. 18

FDA advisory panel to discuss the use of erythropoeisis-stimulating agents in the treatment of patients with chronic kidney failure. Amgen (AMGN) (Aranesp, Epogen), Johnson & Johnson (Procrit) and Affymax (AFFY) (Hematide).

Oct. 19

BioMarin Pharmaceuticals (BMRN) analyst/investor day.

Oct. 20

Genzyme third-quarter earnings announcement.

Oct. 22

FDA drug approval decision: Arena Pharmaceuticals' (ARNA) lorcaserin for obesity

FDA drug approval decision: Amylin Pharmaceuticals (AMLN), Alkermes and Eli Lilly's (LLY) Bydureon for diabetes.

Oct. 28

FDA drug approval decision: Vivus' (VVUS - Get Report) Qnexa for obesity.

Oct. 29

FDA drug approval decision: Avanir Pharmaceuticals' (AVNR) Zenvia for pseudobulbar affect.

FDA drug approval decision: Forest Labs (FRX) ceftaroline for Community Acquired Pneumonia. Oct. 30

FDA drug approval decision: Biodel's (BIOD) Linjeta for diabetes.

Exact Sciences (EXAS - Get Report) presentation of external validation study of its genetic stool test for colon cancer.

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