What Caught Our Attention in the Investment World? – Week of December 2-6, 2019

By Kuldip K. Ambastha and Anil K. Ambastha

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, there was “a tale of two cities,” to quote Charles Dickens. In the biotech arena, SAGE (Sage Therapeutics, Inc.) and AUPH (Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.) were big movers. Sage Therapeutics delivered -59.7% for the day, while Aurinia Pharmaceuticals returned 78.8%. SAGE-217 is a depression treatment which failed to meet a critical goal in its late-stage study on treating major depressive disorder in patients, and thus Sage Therapeutics stock dropped significantly. In contrast, voclosporin (in combination with other items) is being tested by Aurinia Pharmaceuticals to treat lupus nephritis, and positive safety and efficacy data was seen in the Phase 3 study. Because of this positive news, the Aurinia Pharmaceuticals stock showed a strong gain. Again, there was “a tale of two cities” here for the day.

Keywords – Sage Therapeutics, Inc., Sage Therapeutics, SAGE, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, AUPH, biotech, SAGE-217, late-stage study, depression, major depressive disorder, voclosporin, lupus nephritis, Phase 3.

Disclosure – The principals and clients of Ambastha Financial LLC do not have any positions in SAGE or AUPH.

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