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IPO Report: Atara Biotherapeutics (ATRA)

Atara Biotherapeutics ($ATRA) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapeutics for serious unmet medical needs, with an initial focus on muscle wasting conditions and oncology. It is based in Brisbane, CA. Ten other companies are scheduled for the week of July 21, 2014. The full IPO calendar is available at IPOpremium. The manager and co-managers are Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. The joint manager is Jefferies & Co. ATRA scheduled a $75 million IPO with a market capitalization of $291 million at a price range midpoint of $15 for Thursday, July 24, 2014 on the Nasdaq. SEC filings Atara Biotherapeutics IPO Report Overview ATRA is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapeutics for serious unmet medical needs, with an initial focus on muscle wasting conditions and oncology. ATRA’s product candidates are biologics targeting myostatin and activin, members of the TGF-ß protein superfamily, which play roles in the growth and maintenance of muscle and many other body tissues. ATRA's intellectual property was acquired from Amgen ($AMGN). Pre-IPO VC firm Kleiner Perkins owns 18.6%.  Amgen and Celgene ($CELG) each own about 8.6% Valuation Glossary Valuation Ratios Mrkt Cap (mm) Price /Sls Price /Erngs Price /BkVlue Price /TanBV % offered in IPO ...  

Forex - NZ dollar weaker after central bank signals pause in tightening

By Investing.com  |  Forex  |  Jul 23, 2014 10:18PM GMT  |   Add a Comment Investing.comInvesting.com - The New Zealand dollar fell Thursday after the central bank signalled a pause in a tightening cycle.NZ dollar weakerThe Reserve Bank of New Zealand hiked the Official Cash Rate for the fourth time in a row as widely expected and signaled a period of pause as it assesses the impact.Governor Graeme Wheeler raised the OCR by 25 basis points to 3.5% and said the economy "appears to be adjusting to the monetary policy tightening that has taken place since the start of the year.""It is prudent that there now be a period of assessment before interest rates adjust further towards a more-neutral level." traded at 0.8616, down 0.65%, after the decision.Later, New Zealand reports its trade balance for June with a surplus of NZ$150 million expected month-on-month.Japan June trade data is duee at 0850 Tokyo time (2350 GMT). The forecast is for a trade deficit worth ¥643 billion, the 24th straight monthly shortfall.Another key event today is the release of HSBC's China flash manufacturing PMI for July due at 0945 local time (0145 GMT). A jump in the June reading to 50.7 from 49.4 in May indicated that the economy is finally turning around.Then, at 1245 local time (0545 GMT) BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda is due to givea speech at a policy forum in Bangkok hosted by the Bank of Thailand. His Q&Asession is scheduled t...  

The 'breakthrough' sixth-grade science project at the center of a fight over ...

Lauren Arrington at her school science fair. (Courtesy Albrey Arrington) Thirteen-year-old Lauren Arrington has been busy on the media circuit these past few weeks, doing interview after interview about the sixth-grade science project that landed her in a published scientific paper. Arrington’s experiment revealed that lionfish, the invasive, venomous species of fish thought to be native to saltwater oceans, could actually survive in nearly freshwater environments — which could potentially damage the marine ecology of estuaries, where salty ocean water and fresh river water mix. The story went viral. Arrington’s work was featured in science magazines and local newspapers, and word of her “breakthrough” discovery made its way to major news organizations, including NPR, CBS and NBC. But on Monday, a marine biologist by the name of Zack Jud made an explosive claim: All these stories were based on a “lie,” because Arrington was taking credit for research he’d published three years earlier. “My name has been intentionally left out of the stories, replaced by the name of the 12-year-old daughter of my former supervisor’s best friend,” Jud wrote on Facebook. “The little girl did a science fair project based on my PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED DISCOVERY of lionfish living in low-salinity estuarine habitats. … [M]y years of groundbreaking work on estuarine lionfish are being completely and intentionally ignored.” He added: “At this stage in my career, this type ...  

Health experts unveil new health plan

NEWS SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio-area medical experts have unveiled a plan to help improve the health status of our community.They presented the 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan on Wednesday morning at the TriPoint YMCA's Graham Center.The plan was compiled by members of the Health Collaborative and assesses public health, based on information from area hospitals."The hospitals are charged with doing these anyway, so the idea was to collaborate and do one major assessment," said Dr. Stephen K. Blanchard, a committee member of the Health Collaborative.The two-year study shows five areas needing improvement: healthy eating and active living, child health and family development, safe communities, behavioral and mental wellness, and sexual health.The report also includes solutions will be part of the area's ongoing initiatives.While experts say it's too soon to tell on paper whether community health initiatives are making a significant difference, many people in the community said they have seen a change for the better."It's changed a lot. I love the improvements," said Tammy Garcia, who exercises at Woodlawn Lake.  "You see more people coming here to the parks. Everywhere you go, everywhere there are more people actually running, walking," said David Alcant...  

Nalanda ready for debut

A view of Tathagat Hotel in Rajgir, which will house the students of Nalanda University. Picture by Chandan Chatterjee The 40 first-batch students of Nalanda University would get double the space of tourists in Tathagat Hotel at Rajgir — the makeshift hostel of the prestigious seat of education. The double-bed rooms of the hotel would be converted into single occupancy hostel rooms to give students more space and privacy. The 40 hotel rooms usually accommodating 80 tourists would host the 40 varsity students — 20 each of School of Historical Studies and School of Ecology and Environment Studies. Engineer Colonel M.K. Prasad, heading the Nalanda University engineering wing, said: “We decided to convert the double occupancy rooms to single to give students more space to study. The privacy of the students coming from different parts of the globe was also factored in while taking the decision.” Gopa Sabharwal, vice-chancellor, Nalanda University, said: “In all likelihood, the hotel would be formally handed over to the varsity on August 1.” The students are expected to check in to the hostel on August 23 — four days ahead of the orientation programme on August 27. The classes of the first batch of the university would start on September 1. The varsity would pay Rs 1.12 crore per annum for using the hotel to accommodate students. The approximate size of the abode of each student would be 200sqft. Every room with attached toilet would be air-condi...  

Middle-class parents who've ruined their children's teeth - by giving them ...

Sophia Lister, five, had serious decay in her baby teeth and needed root canal workHer mother Solveig, 40, from Surrey, was mortifiedShe never let her daughter have sweetsBut she regularly drank apple juiceSeemingly healthy fruit juice is a big culprit in tooth decayDried fruit like raisins can also cause damage When three-year-old Sophia Lister started complaining that the back of her jaw was hurting, her mother assumed the little girl's adult molars must have started to come through.'I gave her some Calpol to help her sleep and waited for the pain to go,' says Solveig, 40, who works part-time as a financial director and is married to Chris, 43, an insurance underwriter. But the pain didn't ease, so two days later she took Sophia to the dentist.'I nearly fainted when he told me that Sophia had serious decay in her baby teeth,' she recalls. 'I hadn't even noticed. I was mortified. She needed root canal work on one of her back teeth and fillings in three more. I kept thinking I must be a terrible mother to have let this happen.' Shocked: Solveig didn't realise the healthy snacks she had been giving to Sophia were ruining her teeth But Solveig isn't the only middle-class mum horrified to discover her young child has severe tooth decay - a condition  more commonly associated with children living in poverty.According to new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, almost 26,000 children in England aged between five and nine have been hospitalised for mult...  

Hypocrite: Obama blames wildfires on climate change while spewing tons of ...

KIRO Radio's Dori Monson says the president's choice to take a discretionary trip to Seattle doesn't seem to fit with his concerns for climate change. (AP Photo) July 23, 2014 @ 12:50 pm (Updated: 2:49 pm - 7/23/14 ) Listen: Obama blames wildfires on climate change while spewing tons of carbon emissions Taken from The Dori Monson Show on KIRO Radio. Obama, in his visit to Seattle on Tuesday talking to the millionaires and billionaires he met with, made a point of saying that the wildfire here in Washington can be attributed to climate change. He said that at both of the fundraisers on Tuesday, according to people who were there. We've got a quote from the president. It was not on tape, but we do have a quote. He said: "A lot of it has to do with drought. A lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns and a lot of that has to do with climate change." This was something that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee echoed this morning here on KIRO Radio: "The scientific community has given us models of what is going to happen in our forests in the next several decades and it means more fires, significantly," said Inslee. "They're telling us there could be about twice as many fires and twice as many acres burned by 2020, and four times as many in the succeeding decades. And the reason is the climate is changing. We're having increasing drought, higher temperatures, perhaps more wind." Now, I don't know ...  

Libya: Security Council condemns ongoing violence and its use to pursue ...

Children play on a tank in the remains of what used to be Muammar Gaddafi's Bab-al-Azzizeya compound in Libya's capital, Tripoli (November 2011). Photo: Heba Aly/IRIN 23 July 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals. According to a press statement, the Council reiterated once again the need for all sides to engage in political dialogue and refrain from fighting. The country’s recent turmoil is reportedly some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and the North African nation embarked on its democratic transition. The Council went on to welcome the announcement of the results of Libya’s parliamentary elections held on 25 June and urged the expeditious seating of the Council of Representatives to begin the important work of building the nation’s political consensus. Meanwhile, the Constitutional Drafting Assembly would draft a document that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people. In addition, the 15-member Council underscored the importance of a durable commitment of the international community, in close coordination with the UN, to support Libya’s elected representatives and government as they pursue peace and stability. Last week, the top UN official in Libya said that th...  

​Mario Kart 8 and the promise of Smash Bros. and Zelda Wii U lift Nintendo's ...

Nintendo looks like it is breaking out of its slump as gamers begin to warm up to the Wii U. The Japanese game publisher is experiencing a minor resurgence. Nintendo’s shares are trading at $128.44 (13,040 yen) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today. That’s the highest value for the company since Feb. 26. The big reason for the thrust is likely due to brisk sales of Wii U exclusive racer Mario Kart 8 and the general sentiment of gamers coming out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in June thanks to big-names like Smash Bros. and Zelda. Market-research firm IHS Technology found that consumers’ opinion of the Wii U changed big time based on Nintendo’s presence at E3, and that has the market feeling better about the company’s chances of returning to profitability. Mario Kart 8 has already sold more than 2 million copies worldwide as of the end of June. That’s incredibly impressive considering Nintendo had only sold a little more than 6.2 million Wii U systems since its November launch as of April. That means a huge portion of Nintendo’s fans rushed out to pick up the racer. The game also helped move new Wii U systems. While Nintendo didn’t provide specific numbers, it revealed last week that Mario Kart 8 and other games helped increase sales of the Wii U by 49 percent in June compared to the same period in 2013. That success took Nintendo into E3 where it showed off a number of new games that have fan...  

India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who went to Bhutan last month on his first overseas trip since coming to power, will soon visit Nepal, which has recently been questioning its position in India's sphere of influence.Modi's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, heads to Kathmandu on Friday to prepare the way for Modi's August visit, the first by an Indian prime minister in 17 years.The deal to kickstart energy power projects stalled since the Himalayan country drifted into civil war in 1996 will be squarely on the agenda of her talks.But India's push on energy has ruffled some feathers.Both Nepal's opposition Maoists, who have long sought to check Indian influence, and members of the ruling Nepali Congress party say the Indians are trying to lock them into an unequal treaty designed to shut out China to the benefit of Indian companies."The draft impinges on the sovereign right of Nepal to allow investors other than India in the development of hydropower and renewable energy," said a former Nepali water resources minister, Lakshman Ghimire.Modi came to power on a promise to make India an economic and military power and his invitation to all South Asian leaders to attend his inauguration was a signal of his regional aims.While...  


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