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AcelRx hammered (again) after FDA demands a new Zalviso study after all

When the FDA rejected AcelRx's drug/device Zalviso for pain last summer, the biotech said no new trials were required--suggesting it could be back in front of regulators quickly--and investors cut the value of shares by more than 30%. This morning the biotech said a new study is needed after all, and investors responded by sending shares down by more than 40%.

AcelRx discusses sublingual painkiller's rejection with concerned investors

On the heels of FDA's rejection of the AcelRx New Drug Application for sublingually delivered postoperative pain killer Zalviso, CEO Richard King expounded on the "optical system errors" of the opioid drug's handheld, preprogrammed delivery device during a July 28 conference call with investors.  

AcelRx shares plunge after FDA rejects its pain drug/device system

Shares of AcelRx took a painful 30% plunge on Monday morning as investors got a chance to respond to the biotech's announcement late Friday night that the FDA had rejected its application for Zalviso, its sufentanil sublingual microtablet drug/device system for fighting pain.

The top drug delivery partnerships of 2013

In the biotech and pharma industries, drug delivery is a crucial aspect of research and development. Finding new ways to deliver old drugs, ways to make a new drug more efficient or ways that make a...

AcelRx spikes on $250M deal for late-stage pain drug/device Zalviso

The Redwood City, CA-based biotech is pocketing $30 million upfront from Germany's Gr ü nenthal, which will also pay up to $220 million more in milestones for the treatment, nabbing European and Australian marketing rights.

Venture firm preps $100M fund for late-stage life sciences investments

Following a well-defined trail of venture groups into late-stage investing, San Francisco-based Foresite Capital Management says it has wrapped a $100 million fund that will be heavily focused on the most disruptive and most promising late-stage technology it can find in biotech, genomics and diagnostics, among other healthcare fields.

AcelRx shares soar on positive, head-to-head pain drug study

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals shares got a big boost this morning after the biotech announced that its post-operative pain therapy--the Sufentanil NanoTab PCA (patient-controlled analgesia) System--was not only not inferior to the standard IV morphine but also beat it on a key measurement score while gaining kudos from nurses and patients.

AcelRx gets $20M loan for Phase III work

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals has secured a $20 million loan from Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Earlier this year, the developer attempted to raise $86 million in its IPO, but, like many biotech

WSJ analysis offers a bleak outlook for new biotech IPOs

The Wall Street Journal offers its own bleak assessment of the biotech IPO market this morning, reviewing a string of disappointing offerings capped by Tranzyme's decision to cut its price from the

AcelRx falls short in $40M IPO

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals aimed high but fell short. The Redwood City, CA-based devloper had hoped to raise $86 million in an initial offering of 8 million shares at $12 to $14 per share. But the