In the general news, President Obama delivered a speech to the nation about his new policy to attack ISIS in Syria, as a third beheading video was released. In the U.S., a virulent deadly form of RSV is killing young children. On Wall Street, convicted insider trader Martoma was sentenced to 9-years. In sports, the NFL’s domestic abuse epidemic amongst players dominated the news, with Ray Rice’s wife beating and Adrienne Peterson’s arrest for bearing his 4-year-old son.
In healthcare news, the news was slow. Auxilium (AUX) cut 30% of the workforce.
On the data front, Exelixis (EXEL) drug cabozantinib failed in prostate cancer. Also, Roche abandoned the Fragile X Program when RG7090 (mGluR5 therapy) failed in Phase 2 trials.