NEW ORLEANS — PhaseBio, a small biotechnology firm based in Malvern, Pa., is not loved by investors. Its shares are down 25 percent from their October 2018 initial public offering, and the company has a market capitalization of just $89 million. So it’s a bit of a surprise to see the company’s experimental drug highlighted in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study, also being presented here at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, tested PhaseBio’s drug, PB2452, as a way to reverse the effects of Brilinta, an AstraZeneca drug that is used to prevent blood from clotting in heart patients, including those who have received stents to prop open clogged arteries.

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