) -- Adam Feuerstein's take on the biotech week that was Nov. 19, 2010:

The week's best-performing stocks in the sector:





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Apricus BioSciences


(+29%) and

China Shenghuo Pharmaceutical Holdings

( KUN) (+26%)

FDA advisory panel votes 13-2 to recommend the approval of

Human Genome Sciences'

( HGSI) lupus drug Benlysta. Read the

Human Genome FDA Panel Live Blog

Human Genome Hit by Benlysta Sales Worry


rumored to be eyeing a competing takeover offer for


( GENZ).

RXI Pharmaceuticals


says still on track to sign a major RNAi drug partnership before the end of the year.

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Frontpoint Partners

said to be

shuttering health care hedge funds

in wake of insider -trading allegations. (via New York Times)

The week's worst-performing stocks:

Aastrom BioSciences



AP Pharma







(VRML) - Get Report

(-20%) and

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

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Medicare panel endorses on-label use of



prostate cancer therapy Provenge.


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rumored to be considering acquisition of Swiss biotech firm Actelion.


cuts 4,800 jobs in a corporate restructuring

that also

axes the company's research efforts into RNAi drug

development. (via Pharmalot, In the Pipeline)

European regulators accept approval application for

Cell Therapeutics'

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lymphoma drug Pixuvri.


(EXEL) - Get Report

: Interim phase II ovarian and prostate cancer data for XL184.

FDA advisory panel votes 8-7 with one abstention to recommend approval of

MELA Sciences'


MELAFind skin cancer detection device. Read the

MELA FDA Panel Live Blog

MELA Sciences Is Doomed

MELA Sciences: Not So Doomed

Aastrom BioSciences


presents interim phase II data on limb ischemia drug.



presents phase II data on cholesterol drug.

FDA approves


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Xgeva for prevention of bone fractures in cancer patients.

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals

( SOMX) prices 8.8 million shares at $2.95 a share.


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Bristol-Myers Squibb

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halt study of experimental blood thinner apixaban due to an increase in bleeding.

Results from late-stage study show


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drug boosts good cholesterol levels and cuts bad cholesterol without safety risks

. (via Bloomberg)

Healthcare CEOs Make Big Dough

(via WSJ Health Blog)

Bayer Cuts Jobs

(via InVivo Blog)

Avanir Pharmaceuticals


sells 20 million shares at $4.40 a share.

--Written by Adam Feuerstein in Boston.

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