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Mela Sciences Inc. (MELA) wins Europe nod, stocks skyrocket

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Mela Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq: MELA) shares surged 56.9% to $3.52, a day after the developer’s diagnostic device to help detect skin cancer won European Union approval. Volume for the stock topped 4.8 million shares, towering over a daily average of 261,000.

A news release dated September 6 noted that the company, located in Irvington, N.Y., had received CE Mark approval for MelaFind®, allowing the company to market its MelaFind device to dermatologists across the E.U. The company intends to initially market MelaFind in Germany, which has the highest incidence of melanoma in Europe.

The CE (Conformité Européenne, or “European Conformity”) Mark approval allows the company to market MelaFind freely across the 27 nations that comprise the E.U. The EU is the world’s largest economic bloc with over 500 million residents and annual economic output of over $16 trillion.

The same release quoted CEO Joseph Gulfo as saying, “We’re extremely pleased to receive the CE Mark for MelaFind. With more than 81 million people, Germany represents a significant opportunity for the company and an ideal market to launch MelaFind in the E.U.

Gulfo continued, “Given the high rates of melanoma seen in the German population, we believe MelaFind has the potential to make a deep impact on the disease there. In order to achieve our initial goals for the commercial development phase of the launch, we plan to utilize a direct sales force that will focus on strategically placing MelaFind systems in the top dermatology practices in several key cities throughout the country.”

MELA Sciences is a medical technology company focused on developing MelaFind®, a non-invasive and objective multi-spectral computer vision system intended to aid in the detection of early melanoma.

Buzz Stock of the Day – Specialty Underwriters Alliance (SUAI)

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Shares of Specialty Underwriters Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUAI) were up more than 57 percent today after news that insurer Tower Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWGP) agreed to buy Specialty Underwriters Alliance for about $107 million in stock.

The Chicago-based property and casualty insurer will be able to better leverage its distribution network and gain new access to Tower’s A- rating by A.M. Best Co., Tower Group said.

“We are pleased to join forces with Tower, which has a strong track record in acquisitions and providing meaningful value to shareholders,” said Specialty Underwriters’ president and CEO, Courtney Smith. “After a careful review of our strategic alternatives, our board has concluded that this transaction provides our shareholders with the best opportunity to enhance shareholders’ value. In addition, our affiliation with Tower will allow us to improve our profitability and take advantage of the current market opportunities by accessing Tower’s A- rating by A.M. Best Company and strong capitalization.”

For 2010, including the effects of the Specialty Underwriters transaction, Tower projects its diluted earnings per share to be in a range between $3.50 and $3.70 per diluted share.

Both Tower and Specialty Underwriters will host a conference call at 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 to discuss the transaction.

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