Woodford-Backed Prothena Loses 70%

Prothena has scrapped the development of its lead drug after mid-stage clinical tests failed, but key investor Neil Woodford is still backing the Irish biotech firm

David Brenchley 24 April, 2018 | 2:01PM
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Shares in Irish drugmaker Prothena (PRTA) dived 70% to a near-five-year low on Monday after it scrapped the development of its headline drug thanks to a mid-stage trial failure.

The news dealt a further blow to fund manager Neil Woodford. Prothena has been the largest holding in Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) for most of the year. As a result, WPCT shares also slipped yesterday and are down by 11%.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Pictet-Biotech I dy GBP814.78 GBP0.00Rating
Prothena Corp PLC61.15 USD0.00
Schroder UK Public Private Trust Ord35.74 GBP2.12Rating

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David Brenchley  is a Reporter for Morningstar.co.uk