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What: Shares of cardiovascular-focused biotechnology firm Amarin
So what: As a purely clinical stage company, Amarin reported no revenue for the second quarter and a loss of $0.38 while ending the period with $250.3 million in cash. The big news moving the stock is the company's operational update regarding its recently FDA-approved drug Vascepa, which is used in combination with a diet to reduce triglyceride levels in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia. Amarin notes that commercial development for the drug should begin in early 2013, and it is making significant progress in securing its patent rights for the drug in both the U.S. and Europe. Amarin also announced the possibility of seeking out a marketing partner for Vascepa with its intentions of expanding the drug's indications by the end of 2013.
Now what: Breaking this down even further, the key takeaway here is that Amarin is once again on every biotech investors' radar as either a major buyout candidate, or at least deserving of a big marketing partnership. Amarin is well-capitalized and Vascepa has wide commercial appeal. It also doesn't hurt that at a valuation of $1.8 billion, Amarin is in the sweet spot where many biotech acquisitions occur. Vascepa has the potential to make Amarin very profitable within a few years, but after witnessing multiple blockbuster failures, notably from Human Genome Sciences
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