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Former CEO of Finish Line Inc. (FINL) Sells Shares as Underperformance Persists; Other Notable Insider Transactions

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Board Member at Clinical Stage Biopharmaceutical Company Initiates New Stake

A long-serving member of Acceleron Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:XLRN)’s Board of Directors purchased a new stake last week. Joseph S. Zakrzewski, a member of the company’s board since March 2011, snapped up a new stake of 4,000 shares on Friday at a price of $25.5 each. Although the size of the purchase isn’t overly significant, the actual timing of the purchase might convey meaningful information for the investment community. After all, the Board member could have purchased shares any time since early 2011, but he initiated a new stake only at the end of 2016.

The shares of the Massachusetts-based clinical stage biopharmaceutical company were down 36% last year, which might have prompted Mr. Zakrzewski to purchase shares after serving on the boardroom for more than five years. While Acceleron Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:XLRN) has not generated any revenue from the sale of products just yet, the company’s revenue has been derived from collaboration revenue such as license and milestone revenues and cost sharing revenue generated via collaboration and license agreements with partners for the development and commercialization of its therapeutic candidates. The company reported revenue of $3.0 million for the September quarter, as compared to $4.2 million recognized for the same period of the previous year. Peter Kolchinsky’s RA Capital Management owned a 319,000-share stake in Acceleron Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:XLRN) at the end of the third quarter.

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The final two pages of this insider trading article discusses fresh insider selling observed at four companies.

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