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Biotech Companies Attractive Targets for Pharma Companies Looking to Replace Lost Revenues

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Arca Biopharma and Hemispherx BioPharma

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/01/13 -- Lost revenues from expiring patents has played a major part in the Biotech Industry's success in recent years. A total of 676 takeovers of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies have occurred in the past three years, with an average premium of 38 percent, according to data collected by Bloomberg. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ABIO) and Hemispherx BioPharma, Inc. (NYSE: HEB).

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At the end of the third quarter five of the biggest drug makers in the U.S. held over $70 billion in cash, near cash and short-term investments. Major revenue losses from patent expirations have forced big pharmaceutical companies to look to biotech companies to help fill the void. Pfizer's Lipitor and Bristol-Myers' Plavix, which lost exclusivity in late 2011, had combined annuals revenues of $17 billion at their peaks.

"We're going through many cost-cutting programs, restructurings and portfolio arrangements," said Henry Gosebruch, Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions J.P. Morgan. "When you put that together with record levels of cash available and improving, but still moderate R&D productivity, we think there will be more big pharma M&A activity in 2013."

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ARCA biopharma principal focus is to develop personalized therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease through the use of genetics. The Company's lead product candidate, Gencaro, is an investigational, pharmacologically unique beta-blocker and mild vasodilator being developed for the prevention of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure.

Hemispherx Biopharma is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the manufacture and clinical development of new drug entities for treatment of viral and immune-based disorders. The company's flagship products include Alferon N Injection and Ampligen. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act review goal for the FDA to complete its review of the NDA for Ampligen is February 2, 2013.

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