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BOSTON, Mass. (


) -- The year is coming to an end but the biotech calendar is still buzzing with important, stock-moving events right up to New Year's Eve.

Before I get to the calendar, I want to mention some key December biotech catalysts without a fixed date but which investors should still be keeping in mind.

Delcath Systems

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is supposed to complete the U.S. approval application for its liver tumor Chemosaturation System before the end of the month.

RXi Pharmaceuticals


has promised investors a significant drug development partnership before year's end. Investors will also be eager to hear the outcome of the December meeting between

Arena Pharmaceuticals

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and FDA following the latter's rejection of Arena's obesity drug lorcaserin.

Cell Therapeutics

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is expecting a ruling on its appeal of the FDA's rejection of the company's lymphoma drug pixantrone.

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will announce results from a phase III trial investigating whether treatment with Xgeva can prevent the spread of prostate cancer to the bone.

Incyte Pharmaceuticals

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is expected to announce top-line results from a U.S. phase III study of INCB18424 in myelofibrosis.


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could have data from two important, phase III clinical trials before the books close on 2010: A phase III study of Abraxane in front-line non-small cell lung cancer and a phase III study of Amrubicin in small-cell lung cancer (although this latter study may not be completed until early 2011.)

Corcept Therapeutics

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will announce top-line results from a phase III study of Corlux in Cushing's Syndrome during December.

Now, to the December biotech calendar:

Dec. 2:



provides an update on regulatory plans for the experimental anemia dru Hematide.


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investor/analyst meeting.



investor/analyst meeting.

Dec. 3:

Orexigen Therapeutics


: FDA should release review documents on the obesity drug Contrave in advance of the advisory panel meeting.

Dec. 4-7:

American Society of Hematology annual meeting: Important data presentations from

Onyx Pharmaceuticals



Seattle Genetics

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, Celgene, and others.

Dec. 5-9:

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annual meeting.

Dec. 7:

Orexigen Therapeutics: FDA advisory panel reviewing the obesity drug Contrave.

I'll be live-blogging the Contrave panel, sign up below for an email reminder.

Dec. 8-12:

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Dec. 9:

FDA approval decision for

Human Genome Sciences'

( HGSI) lupus drug Benlysta.

Dec. 14:

Onyx Pharmaceuticals investor/analyst meeting.

Dec. 16:

FDA approval decision for


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blood thinner Brilinta.

Dec. 29:

FDA approval decision for

Alimera Sciences'

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Iluvien for treatment of diabetic macular edema.

FDA approval decision for


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inhaled insuline device Afrezza

--Written by Adam Feuerstein in Boston.

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