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Edison expands North American healthcare sector coverage with initiation of coverage on Alexza Pharmaceuticals
Date:8/28/2013

LONDON, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison has recently published a comprehensive report examining the investment merits of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, which are largely based on the company's lead asset, Adasuve (Staccato loxapine), approved in the US and the EU for the acute treatment of agitation in adults with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. In the report, All eyes on Adasuve, Edison healthcare analyst, Pooya Hemami, argues that Alexza's investment case is underpinned by Adasuve's ability to provide a rapid therapeutic response in a non-invasive formulation, offering a unique treatment option that does not require physicians to trade off either speed of effect or non-coercive dosing. Given the risk of physical injury or property damage with agitated patients in whom agitation is escalating, and that competing treatment options are either slow to act or invasive, Edison believes the advantages of quick effect and ease of administration will position Adasuve as a key agent for the initial treatment of acute agitation in medical emergency settings. Based on a risk-adjusted NPV analysis, Edison values Alexza at $85m, or $6.77 per share (fully diluted) inclusive of $32m in cash (30 June 2013).

For the full report see: http://www.edisoninvestmentresearch.com/research/company/alexza-pharmaceuticals

The launch of coverage on Alexza Pharmaceuticals is part of a programme of research initiations on healthcare companies worldwide. Edison provides research coverage on more than 130 healthcare companies in Europe, North America and Australia. Edison has pioneered a scientific, detail-oriented approach to analysing companies in the healthcare sector that is delivered in a concise and non-promotional manner. It aims to inform
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