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New Programs Designed to Speed Up Approval Process a Key Factor in Biotech Industry-s Growth in 2012

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwire) — 03/27/13 — Programs developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to speed up the approval process have been a major driver for growth within the Biotech Industry. In 2012, FDA drug approvals totaled a 15-year high of 39, over the past decade drug approvals have averaged roughly 23 a year, according to a recent Bloomberg article. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotechnology Industry and provides equity research on Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) and Opexa Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: OPXA).

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The FDA-s new “breakthrough” product designation allows new drugs to win approval after just a single round of testing, instead of the usual three. A total of three promising experimental medicines have been assigned the new status so far, while an additional 18 drugs have applied. The new designation follows three other programs — Fast Track, Priority Review and Accelerated Approval — each of which were designed to help bring crucial new drugs to market in a shorter amount of time.

“A breakthrough drug is one that may offer important new benefits for patients with serious or life-threatening disease who are especially in need of new safe and effective treatments,” said Janet Woodcock, director of FDA-s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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ARIAD is focused exclusively on cancer, specifically on small-molecule medicines that target proteins and pathways involved in cancer. The company recently received a positive opinion on the marketing authorization application for Iclusig from the Committee for Human Medicinal Products of the European Medicines Agency.

Opexa Therapeutics is a publicly traded biotechnology company dedicated to the development of patient-specific cellular therapies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. The company-s leading product candidate, Tcelna, has been granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. FDA for the Secondary Progressive multiple sclerosis indication.

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