Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks were on the rise Wednesday, with the Nasdaq and Amex biotechnology indices up 4% and 5.7%, respectively.

Among individual stocks, notable movers were:

Savient Pharmaceuticals

(SVNT)

, up 26.7% at $3.95

BioMarin Therapeutics

(BMRN) - Get Report

, up 14.7% at $17.56

Amylin

( AMLN), up 11.7% at $9.42

Sepracor

( SEPR), up 8.5% at $13.12

Vertex

(VRTX) - Get Report

, up 7.6% at $22.28

Viropharma

(VPHM)

, up 7.5% at $11.90

Cytokinetics

(CYTK) - Get Report

, down 24% at $2.00

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals

(AUXL)

, down 11.3% at $16

Johnson & Johnson

(JNJ) - Get Report

, down 4.8% at $61.13

Genzyme

( GENZ), down 3.7% at $70.89

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.