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Oncothyreon Inc. shares fell 17.3 percent Tuesday after the company revealed that tecemotide, an immunotherapy it licensed to Merck KGaA, failed to improve overall survival or impact secondary endpoints progression-free survival, time to progression or time to failure in a phase I/II study.

Interim phase II data showing that an eight-week course of Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s NS5A inhibitor, ACH-3102, and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir, Gilead Sciences Inc.) in 12 hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 patients resulted in a complete sustained virologic response rate four weeks after treatment (SVR4) pushed company shares (Nasdaq:ACHN) up 9.6 percent to close at $9.25 Friday.

A morsel of phase IIa data from Arrowhead Research Corp. left investors wanting more and sparked analyst speculation about the potential of the firm's ARC-520, an RNAi-based candidate for hepatitis B virus (HBV).
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