Acorda $ACOR CEO Ron Cohen appears to have stirred up some high-level interest in a potential auction. Rumors have been swirling that days after the biotech reportedly brought in advisers to help prep for a sale, some bidders have begun to step up to the table. And early Friday Bloomberg reported that Biogen and UCB have stepped up to kick the tires, along with possible interest from Asian drugmakers.
Looking over their numbers for Q3 last November, you’d be hard pressed to make that case. Five years after they promised to turn around a deeply troubled company, CEO Pascal Soriot and his executive crew were still on the defensive as they walked analysts through the latest slippage on the product revenue side of the business. Product sales were down 3%, following an 11% drop in H1. And after five years at the helm, Soriot was still not saying when the great decline would end.
PharmaMar’s late-stage test of Zepsyre (lurbinectedin) has flunked the primary endpoint on progression-free survival for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer patients. And the news tanked the Spanish biotech’s share price, which plunged 32% on Friday as investors retreated in the wake of the failure. PharmaMar had positioned the drug against topotecan or PLD (liposomal doxorubicin), but researchers say that the PFS was the same. They did spotlight an improved safety profile, though.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".