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Baker Bros. Advisors Buys More DBV Technologies S.A. (DBVT); Visium Asset Management Goes Long On Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. (PCRX)

According to a freshly-amended 13G filing with the SEC, Baker Bros. Advisors LP, founded by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, revealed it owns 15.1% of DBV Technologies S.A. (NASDAQ:DBVT), now holding 3.60 million ordinary shares of the company. This is up by 2.08 million shares since the fund disclosed its position as of March 31. In the meantime, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management disclosed a new position in Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) according to a separate 13G filed with the SEC. Visium Asset Management currently owns 1.88 million shares, or 5.1% of the company’s common stock.

Jacob Gottlieb - Visium Asset Management

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Baker Bros. Advisors LP is a New York-based healthcare and life sciences-focused hedge fund established by Julian Baker and Felix Baker in 2000. The hedge fund has profited greatly from its high exposure to, and expertise in, the healthcare sector, which represents the best performing sector in the S&P 500 Index thus far in 2015. As stated by the fund’s most recent 13F filing, Baker Bros. Advisors manages a public equity portfolio worth $12.02 billion as of March 31. The hedge fund has also recently disclosed an ownership stake of 39.8% in Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AQXP), which quickly turned out to be yet another successful bet for the fund, at least so far.

Julian Baker And Felix Baker
Julian Baker And Felix Baker
Baker Bros. Advisors

DBV Technologies S.A. (NASDAQ:DBVT) is a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company incorporated in France that is developing an innovative new approach to the treatment of allergies. The shares of DBV have grown by over 49% since the beginning of the current year, thanks to the positive and encouraging clinical and scientific data on its lead candidates, which has been presented over the last few months. To be more detailed, the Pediatric Committee (PDCO) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive stance on the company’s Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP) for Viaskin Peanut for the treatment of Peanut Allergic Children. This represented a pivotal step towards the commercialization of one of the two lead product candidates of DBV. Thus, following the completion of the Viaskin Peanut Phase III program, the company will unlock a very prosperous revenue stream. Just recently, the company also announced the closing of its underwritten public offering of 4.14 million ordinary shares in the form of 8.28 American Depositary Shares (ADSs) at a price of $34.00 per ADS (each ADS represents one-half of one ordinary share of the company). As a result of this public offering, DBV Technologies generated gross proceeds of $281.5 million, which will surely assist the company in pushing its lead candidates towards commercialization. Interestingly enough, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management is also listed among the largest shareholders in DBV Technologies S.A. (NASDAQ:DBVT), holding an ownership stake of 464,405 shares on March 31.

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