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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - April 10, 2017 - PRLog -- Monday 4/10/17- Geron Corporation (GERN) $2.15. Today announced that Janssen Research & Development, LLC has completed the second internal data reviews of IMerge and IMbark, the clinical trials of the telomerase inhibitor imetelstat in lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and relapsed or refractory myelofibrosis (MF), respectively. For IMerge, the benefit/risk profile of imetelstat in the treated patients supports continued development in lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes. A data package and proposed trial design refinements are planned to be provided to the FDA. For IMbark, the current results suggest clinical benefit and a potential overall survival benefit associated with imetelstat treatment in relapsed or refractory myelofibrosis; the trial will continue unchanged to evaluate maturing efficacy and safety data, including an assessment of overall survival.

What They Do: Geron is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the collaborative development of a first-in-class telomerase inhibitor, imetelstat, in hematologic myeloid malignancies.

Akorn, Inc. (AKRX) $29.77. Announced Friday confirmation that Akorn is currently in discussions with Fresenius Kabi, a subsidiary of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA (FWB:FRE), concerning a potential acquisition of Akorn.

Entry into a formal agreement with respect to a transaction remains subject to, among other things, approval by the Executive Board and Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE and the board of directors of Akorn.

What They Do: Akorn, Inc. is a specialty generic pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of multisource and branded pharmaceuticals.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII) $9.60. Today announced a new strategic plan designed to restore growth, improve profitability and maximize value for all Rent-A-Center stockholders. These initiatives are focused on strengthening the Core U.S. business; optimizing and growing the AcceptanceNOW® ("ANow") business; and leveraging technology investments to expand distribution channels and integrate retail and online offerings.

What They Do: A rent-to-own industry leader, Plano, Texas-based, Rent-A-Center, Inc., is focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable products such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, under flexible rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation.

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