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More fom the Prohost Portfolio

More fom the Prohost Portfolio

More from the Prohost Portfolio with Our Observations Gilead (GILD) has cash and new products reaching the market, and its agreement with Galapagos will soon bring another drug approval. We will tackle Gilead’s news and all the firms in the Prohost Portfolio with more . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.
The NEW Prohost Portfolio for 2019

The NEW Prohost Portfolio for 2019

The NEW Prohost Portfolio Small Important Changes We are making some very small but important changes in our portfolio. Each table represents a sector among the various technological divisions that create more effective products currently being used, or intended to be used, in the management of various illnesses...
The Prohost Portfolio: Updating the Stock Targets

The Prohost Portfolio: Updating the Stock Targets

Prohost Letter #419 RE-­EVALUATION ONLY - The Prohost Portfolio comprises biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, that we believe have solid scientific fundamentals and dedicated managements. All the firms in the portfolio, except a few, have proprietary technologies, which enable the firms’ scientists to design in house safer and more effective new molecular entity therapeutic molecules . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here …
AstraZeneca: Excellent collaborations. Moderna Therapeutics: Turning public. Will Prohost add it to its Portfolio as promised?

AstraZeneca: Excellent collaborations. Moderna Therapeutics: Turning public. Will Prohost add it to its Portfolio as promised?

In the NEWS AstraZeneca (AZN) announced a collaboration with Cancer Research UK to launch a center of excellence in genetic screening, cancer modelling and big data processing aimed at accelerating the discovery of new cancer medicines. During the announcement of the news, Mene Pangalos, the firm’s Executive Vice President, Innovative Medicines & Early Development, said, the best science doesn’t happen in isolation, which is why AstraZeneca …
Prohost Letter #439

Prohost Letter #439

Prohost Letter #439 The Coronavirus Outbreak - COVID-19 The news announced that the coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) outbreak would affect not only people’s health and survival but the world’s economy, Wall Street’s performance, and especially the international giant industrial firms that are committed to China. British AstraZeneca (AZN
Prohost Letter #438 ~ The End of the Year Issue 2019

Prohost Letter #438 ~ The End of the Year Issue 2019

Prohost Letter #438 End of the Year Issue  2019 Happy New Year 2020 The NASDAQ reached 9000 for the first time in the market history on December 30, 2019. However, on the last trading day of 2019, the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 8,945.99 after giving back 60.62 points or 0.7%. During the departed year, however, the stock exchange was boosted by the outperformance of …
Prohost Letter #430

Prohost Letter #430

Prohost Letter #430 Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gilead The FINCH 1 trial: Has it reached its primary endpoints? How did the drugs respond as compared to placebo; what is the disability index, clinical remission, disease activity rate and safety results? What’s happening with Gilead’s HIV product? Read about Gilead’s collaboration with Galapagos. See how Prohost answers these questions in this issue #430 of the Prohost Letter. …
What is looking good in the aggressive portfolio

What is looking good in the aggressive portfolio

The Week in Review #29 PROHOST AGGRESSIVE PORTFOLIO  - The aggressive portfolio hosts biotech firms with solid scientific fundamentals and prominent scientists whose stocks have plummeted following some setbacks. A setback could be a failure of an investigational product to meet the endpoints of its clinical trial or that the small biotech firm has taken long to achieve its goals . . . This content …
Prohost Letter #415

Prohost Letter #415

Prohost Letter #415 New Promising Technologies PROTAC - A Technology That Offers a Superior Class of Drugs PROTAC is an approach that created a new class of drugs described as superior and far less toxic than targeted drugs known to block disease-­causing proteins. The technology belongs to a private Company called Arvinas . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe …
Prohost Letter #414

Prohost Letter #414

Prohost Letter #414 GIANTS & DWARFS - We believe it’s a useful idea bringing The Week in Review into the Prohost Letter this time. We thought it would be easier for the readers to get last week’s updates and comments together with the Letter’s subjects and its Prohost Portfolio’s observations. In the Week that said au revoir, things happened that are worth citing. New development-stage …
Prohost Letter #413

Prohost Letter #413

Prohost Letter #413 FROM BIOTECH TO BIOPHARMA - New research, new findings, new discoveries of trustworthy and doubtful biomarkers more understanding of genomics and proteomics, in addition to more breakthrough diagnostic procedures, are all gifts of the life-science revolution. This revolution started with molecular biology, the discovery of the DNA and its functions, which was the prelude to genomic understanding, gene sequencing, and genetic engineering and …
Prohost Letter #412 Part 3

Prohost Letter #412 Part 3

Prohost Letter #412 Part 3 GLIOBLASTOMA - Is There Hope? Senator John McCain was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, glioblastoma – the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. The cancer is so aggressive that most surgeries did not provide survival. This brain cancer affects around 3 people out of 100,000 in the U.S., with men more than women and whites more than other …
Prohost Letter #412 Part 2

Prohost Letter #412 Part 2

Prohost Letter #412 Part 2 Living Breakthroughs in The Making - Understanding the origin of diseases or the reasons for their resistance and devastation is the road towards designing the right treatments. Research published about novel approaches or new entity drugs that promise better safety efficacy, in addition to saving lives, should be of interest to investors even when the promising research is conducted by …
Prohost Letter #412 Part 1

Prohost Letter #412 Part 1

Prohost Letter #412 Part 1 Updating Our Targets - This Letter will be of three parts. The first part (today’s  issue)aims at presenting our adjusted targets based on current news and updates related to the Prohost picks. A Case in Point - PORTOLA - For example, Portola (PTLA) has recently been granted FDA approval for its Factor 10 (FX) inhibitor anticoagulant drug Bevyxxa (betrixaban . …
Prohost Letter #411

Prohost Letter #411

Prohost Letter #411 SOME STOCK RALLYING NEWS - Under normal conditions, some good news should rally the stocks of the firms that the news belong to them. During the past six months, Amgen (AMGN) announced a series of good news that seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Yesterday Amgen announced some positive results from three approved and one experimental products – all the news …
Prohost Letter #410

Prohost Letter #410

Prohost Letter #410 JUNE PDUFA DAYS This month, the FDA will decide on the approvals of drugs belonging to companies that Prohost has picked for investment. Usually, granting approvals rallies the stocks of the drugs’ developing firms. Sending Complete Response Letters for demands that might delay approvals would cut a substantial percentage of the stocks’ values, while rejections would cause the stocks to falter. Let’s …
Prohost Letter #409

Prohost Letter #409

Prohost Letter #409 ASCO The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting is around the corner. The Meeting, which will begin on Friday June 2, 2017 and will end on Monday 5, 2017 will be different than the past years for many reasons, including the following: -­ Checkpoint inhibition as Immunotherapy for cancer treatment moved from wishful thinking a decade ago, to promising cancer treatments …
Prohost Letter #408

Prohost Letter #408

Prohost Letter #408 AT A GLANCE - Continued from the Previous Prohost Letter #408 In the Past issue #407, we picked the following firms: NEUROCRINE BIOSCIENCES (NBIX) Treating Tardive Dyskinesia CYTOMX Improving On Cancer Immunotherapy CELYAD SA (CYAD) Bringing Solutions To Immunotherapy Problems Please Read the articles written about these firms in the Issue #407 In This Issue We Add  NEW LINK GENETICS...
Prohost Letter #407

Prohost Letter #407

Prohost Letter #407 AT A GLANCE - Firms Added to Prohost Portfolio PROHOST IS PICKING NEUROCRINE BIOSCIENCES   On March 27, a few days before the FDA approves Neurocrine’s (NBIX) drug Ingrezza, (valbenazine) capsules for adults with tardive dyskinesia (TD), we posted an article titled “Time for Transformation and Achievements”. In the article, we stated that Neurocrine Sciences Ingrezza will highlight Neurocrine Biosciences and its …
Prohost Letter #406

Prohost Letter #406

Prohost Letter #406 A Special Prohost Issue SYNOPSIS REASONS FOR THE FOLLOWING PROHOST PICKS RALLIES VERTEX Vertex (VRTX): Great news about 2016 revenues & earnings Growth and pipeline. FROM YESTERDAY: Tremendous Revenues Growth. Cystic fibrosis (CF) revenues grew up around 75%. FOR TOMORROW:  Boosting  the  pipeline  value  by Advancing CF novel correctors into Phase 2 trials while Producing and advancing new CF correctors. PROJECTIONS: Continued …
Prohost Letter #405

Prohost Letter #405

Prohost Letter #405 Synthetic Biology (3) We have already decided upon becoming shareholders the day synthetic biology firm called Synthetic Genomics turns public. We reiterate that firms specialized in synthetic biology are numerous private and publicly traded. Some are promising, others are walking in place and a few have plummeted. With the general underperformance of synthetic biology stocks, many shareholders abandoned ship. Investors felt that …
Prohost Letter #404 Part 2

Prohost Letter #404 Part 2

Prohost Letter #404 Part 2 Synthetic Biology (2) A Brief History DNA is the software of life. This is how Synthetic Genomics firm, which we believe is now is the leading biotech firm for applied synthetic biology. Synthetic Genomics is still a private firm in spite of that thousands of investors are impatiently waiting for it to turn public and it will. So stay tuned. …
Prohost Letter #403 Part 2

Prohost Letter #403 Part 2

Prohost Letter #403 Part 2 Continued From Wednesday Instead of continuing yesterday article about Agenus, we decided to post it all so that the reader can find it in one place. Important changes and additions have been made especially under the headline “Near-­Term Priorities, Possibilities and Catalysts”, which are important to read. Learning More About AGENUS Since its inception, Agenus (AGEN), previously known as Antigenics, …
Prohost Letter #403 Part 1

Prohost Letter #403 Part 1

ProhostLetter #403 Part 1 On December 8, 2016 under News & Comments Prohost commented on President Elect Trump’s statement that he is going to bring down the exorbitant drug prices. The Skyrocketing Prices of Drugs Like everybody else we happen to talk to, we agree that the prices of drugs have skyrocketed to a level that made them unaffordable. It is a serious problem that …
Prohost Letter #402

Prohost Letter #402

Prohost Letter #402 Antisense Proof of Concept and Feasibility EYE ON INVIVA (INVA) Sales of The Ellipta Inhalers Started to Pick up AND ON THERAVANCE BIOPHARMA (TBPH) See Below AND WE WILL NOT LOSE FOCUS ON ARIAD (ARIA), EXELIXIS (EXEL), ARRAY (ARRY), PORTOLA (PTLA), NEKTAR (NKTR), THERAVANCE BIOPHARMA (TBPH), INVIVA (INVA), MERCK (MRK) AND SEE THE TABLES IONIS (IONS) The . . . This content is for paid …
Prohost Letter #401

Prohost Letter #401

Prohost Letter #401 SYNOPSIS PART 1 In this Letter CONTENTS Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) FDA Compassionate Approval of Eteplirsen! PART 2 In The Letter Issue #402 CONTENTS EYE ON IONIS (IONS) Antisense Proof of Concept and Feasibility EYE ON INVIVA (INVA) AND THERAVANCE BIOPHARMA (TBPH) Sales of The Ellipta Inhalers Started to Pick up Before an expected Boom Not Losing . . . This content …
Prohost Letter #396

Prohost Letter #396

Prohost Letter #396 CELEBRATING MEMORIAL DAY - Wish you celebrated the Memorial Day. Memorial Day’s purpose was remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The Memorial Day was initiated as Decoration Day after the Civil War in the year 1868 when the Grand Army of the Republic - an organization of Union Veterans in Illinois established it to decorate the graves …
Prohost Letter #395

Prohost Letter #395

Prohost Letter #395 On the Road TO DEFEATING CANCER - Results of cancer treatment with novel immunotherapy drugs suggest that the hope of conquering cancer has improved from doubtful to conceivable. Immunotherapy treatments are scoring unprecedented successes against a wide variety of malignancies, including liquid cancers, solid cancers, cancers with DNA mutations caused by viruses and other cancer-causing agents. The two Immunotherapy approaches are currently occupying …
Prohost Letter #394 Part 2

Prohost Letter #394 Part 2

Prohost Letter #394 Part 2 PART 2 - Part 1 of the Prohost letter issue #394 posted on March 31,2016 ended with the review of Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), one of the biotech firms that have at least one marketed product that we believe have the chance to boost their revenues in the near-future. In this part 2 of the same Prohost Letter, we add other firms …
Prohost Letter #394 Part 1

Prohost Letter #394 Part 1

Prohost Letter #394 Part 1 Gilead - Some people sold Gilead’s (GILD) stock on Wednesday, March 23 after news announced on Tuesday that a jury decided that Gilead has infringed on two HCV molecules patents that Ionis (IONS), formerly Isis, and Merck had secured from their research. Ionis CEO said in a press release that his firm and Merck used their expertise during their collaboration in …
Prohost Letter #393

Prohost Letter #393

Prohost Letter #393 IMMUNOTHERAPY - PROHOST PORTFOLIO - NEW PICKS? - A Brief Reminder of the CAR T –TCR Immunotherapy Approaches In this issue we continue our journey inside the territory of cancer immunotherapy. We remind that in the Prohost Letter issue #391, we dealt with the immunotherapy based on genetically engineered T Cells, enabling them to seek out, attack and neutralize cancer cells. The immune system’s T …
Prohost Letter #392

Prohost Letter #392

Prohost Letter #392 February 28, 2016 - How could it be possible for any genius to make intelligent guesses about the market's next moves when highly regarded experts, including Nobel Prize winners in economics, remained quizzical about the recent horrifying performances of publicly traded stocks? Since the beginning of 2016, the stock market has been made to look as if a runaway train with many passengers …
Prohost Letter #391

Prohost Letter #391

Prohost Letter #391 Frightened by the Market and Politicians’ Debates, Not the Drug Industry, Investors are Fleeing the Biotechnology Sector  1. A fruitless debate over the high prices of drugs 2. The low price of oil, the world’s dream for decades, is now considered a disaster for the world economy? 1. The High Drug Price Debate Again, as in past presidential debates, politicians have chosen an …
Prohost Letter #390

Prohost Letter #390

Prohost Letter #390 COMPANIES USING CRISPR GENE EDITING TOOLS - The Firms Launched with CRISPR Patents Either Pending or Disputed! What Does This Mean? What are these Firms’ Priorities? But First: A Reminder In the last issue, Prohost #389, we pinpointed the gene editing technologies and techniques and demonstrated the difference between gene editing, which is genetic engineering, i.e., making changes in the genes themselves, and antisense …
Prohost Letter #389

Prohost Letter #389

Prohost Letter #389 Happy New Year 2016 Wishing You Good Health Peace of Mind Love And happiness  We expect 2016 to be the year that fulfills many of our great expectations about successfully managing intractable and life-threatening malignant and non-malignant disease. We expect the biotech firms to bring us more cures based on the maturation of genetic engineering processes following a lot of trial and …
Prohost Letter #388

Prohost Letter #388

Prohost Letter #388 TOPICS - 1. AN INDISPENSABLE SHORT INTRODUCTION 2. GENE EDITING 3. GENE THERAPY 4. CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY 1. GENE EDITING Exon Skipping: Biomarin (BMRN); Sarepta (SRPT); These firms are waiting FDA approvals for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Gene Editing Technology Competitors: Cellectis S.A. (CLLS); CRISPR; PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) Firms Using Different Approaches For DMD Treatment (see Below) Zink Finger Tech: Sangamo (SGMO); RNAi …
Prohost Letter #387

Prohost Letter #387

Prohost Letter #387 Topic of the Week DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY Which Firms Will Get It Right – Deleting DMD Children’s Despair? The topic is important because, first and foremost, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) disables children. Also because, from no treatment at all, now we have several biotech firms developing various drugs based on different scientific strategies. The new approaches have increased in number and have …
Prohost Letter #386

Prohost Letter #386

Prohost Letter #386 An Evaluation of Prohost Picks and Some Other Interesting Biotechnology Companies (Part 2) (Continued from Previous Prohost Letter #385) See Page Listening to Top-tier biotech firms’ presentations we could not resist appreciating their accomplishments, which made us dare to predict that the time has come for the self-serving preachers to find it extremely hard to convince shareholders to to sell stocks of …
Prohost Letter #385

Prohost Letter #385

Prohost Letter #385 An Evaluation of Prohost Picks and Some Other Interesting Biotechnology Companies The Top-Tier Group The indiscriminate attack on the biotech sector impacted the best biotech firms more than it did the worst. In other words, the attack devastated the undervalued, without correcting the stock price of overvalued, or even valueless, firms. The problem is that those who instigate computer programs selling of …
Prohost Letter #384

Prohost Letter #384

Prohost Letter #384 The Assassination of the Biotech Sector The Market (Part 2) On Friday September 18, 2015, the biotechnology sector occupied the news headlines for two different reasons. The first was the sudden unexplicable and unexpected plummeting of the biotech sector. The stocks were flying sky high until modday and suddenly, all the biotech stocks, without exception, took a dive. The second reason was the triumph of …
Prohost Letter #383

Prohost Letter #383

Prohost Letter #383 The Market - Recent tails about the market and the biotech sector are true thrillers. By true we mean no-fiction. The accounts lack common sense. Professionals' interpretations of the stocks' and of the market's moves are bizarre and misleading. General investors complain only when the stocks' volatility gets out of hand, yet, do not object to the hype, or interferes against the baseless …
Prohost Letter #381

Prohost Letter #381

Prohost Letter #381 QUARTERLY FINANCIAL RESULTS IN THE BIOTECH SECTOR Investors Concerns, Excitement and Expectations (Part 3) For the past quarter of a century we spent focusing on the biotech sector, observing it from all angles and weighing the possible outcomes of its individual member companies. We conclude that: Regardless of what the firms quarterly financial results might point to success or failure, the market …
Prohost Letter #380

Prohost Letter #380

Prohost Letter #380 Investors Concerns, Excitments and Expectations PART 2  REGENERON On Friday, July 24, Regeneron (REGN) stock closed at $541.l85 DOWN $14.76. The reason for loss was good news announcing that the FDA approved its cholesterol-lowering drug Praluent! Before the unreasonable sell on good news phenomenon, Regeneron had scored a new all time high on proven accomplishments (Read articles posted in past Prohost Letters). …
Prohost Letter #379

Prohost Letter #379

Prohost Letter #379 Investors Concerns, Excitments and Expectations It is understandable the fact that bullish and bearish analysts have opposite opinions (opposite wishes too) on biotech firms’ pipelines products and clinical trial results. They differ in assessing important news and in applying different criteria in their evaluation in order to establish proof of concept of their personal views. Articles are filling the media with contradicting …
Prohost Letter #378 Part 2

Prohost Letter #378 Part 2

Prohost Letter #378 Part 2 2015 ASCO ANNUAL MEETING What a Big Revolution in Oncology! The ASCO meeting projected the huge advancement in the understanding, diagnosing and treating cancer. What looked as if a sudden explosion has brought in the big change, the change was, in fact a slow, deep-rooted evolution, built up over a long period of trial and error with the failures constituting …
Prohost Letter #378 Part 1

Prohost Letter #378 Part 1

Prohost Letter #378 Part 1 Views and Visions TOP-TIER BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES GILEAD We wrote a lot about Gilead (GILD), doing our best to protect investors against negative gossip that filled the media and aimed at misleading and insulting investors’ intelligence. We never lowered our target based on the perpetrated, fabricated stories, which made many investors lose confidence in Gilead’s strategy and sell their stocks, thus, …
Prohost Letter #377

Prohost Letter #377

Prohost Letter #377 PICKING BIOTECH FIRMS Before Investing in Them Raising the bar in designating small drug developing firms as biotechnology firms has occurred several times since 2011. In that year, many technologies were tremendously enhanced, which enabled them to realize superior goals, i.e., produce safer and more effective breakthrough drugs for chronic debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Prohost Portfolios picks, which have outperformed other industries’ …
Prohost Letter #376

Prohost Letter #376

Prohost Letter #376 WHILE LOOKING AT THE BIOTECHS SCIENTIFIC FUNDAMENTALS We keep an eye on other factors That influence the stocks Investors who pick their stocks based on the firms’ solid scientific fundamentals, technological capabilities and pipeline products’ promises are mostly long-termers. They usually keep the stock they meticulously picked until they reach the goals that motivated them to pick it in the first place. …
Prohost Letter #375 Part 2

Prohost Letter #375 Part 2

Prohost Letter #375 Part 2 Novel Breakthrough Cancer Immunotherapy Approaches PART 2 In Part 1 of this issue, we described the immunotherapy approach that aims at modulating immune checkpoint proteins, thus unleashing the T cells to do their natural task of detecting, attacking and eliminating cancer cells. The approach is a success, as we reiterated, with greatly encouraging results. Researchers in large oncology centers and drug …
Prohost Letter #375 Part 1

Prohost Letter #375 Part 1

Prohost Letter #375 Part 1 BIOTECHNOLOGY: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA STATE- OF-THE-ART APPROACHES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC AND DEADLY DISEASES ARE IN HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS We are encouraged by some novel treatments for chronic diseases and cancer and we are optimistic about results coming from their early- and late-phase trials. Picking advanced therapeutics is the magic word Sesame in the formula “Open Sesame”, which, …
About RegenxBio’s Agreement with Clearside Biomedical and More

About RegenxBio’s Agreement with Clearside Biomedical and More

Diseases of the Back of the Eye Diseases of the back of the eye, such as: age-related wet macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, are currently managed with injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) drugs into the gel-like substance (the vitreous humor) that fills the eye between the lens and the retina. The currently used age-related wet macular degeneration injections are: Lucentis, which belongs …
The Week in Review #48 ~ Holiday Edition

The Week in Review #48 ~ Holiday Edition

The Week in Review #48 Holiday Edition ******************** Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! We Wish You a Happy New Year Filled with Excellent Health, Peace of Mind, Prosperity and Happiness What a Year for Biotechnology What happened in the biotech sector toward the end of 2019 is briefed in this Review as we focus on the performance of our picked firms’ stocks’ prices. We will …
An All Time High Market

An All Time High Market

Prohost Letter #437 An All Time High Market More Prohost Picks Have Reached the 2019 Targets The stock market performance has reached an all-time high with more of our picks reaching or nearing the Prohost 2019 price targets. There are stories to tell about some devastated stocks which many believed were dead and buried but were surprisingly resurrected, and their stocks are going up. Another …
Karyopharm Therapeutics: Is a Star Born?

Karyopharm Therapeutics: Is a Star Born?

Karyopharm Therapeutics Third Quarter Financial Results Generated Revenues For the first time since its establishment Karyopharm Therapeutics (KPTI) financial results report revenues from a strong launch of its first approved product. Indeed, the firm’s third-quarter 2019 financial results are the first quarter in which Karyopharm generated revenues. In early July the U.S. FDA granted the company’s product Xpovio® (selinexor . . . This content is for …
What Was Seen and What Was Ignored

What Was Seen and What Was Ignored

The Week in Review #44 Quarterly Financial Results What Was Seen and What Was Ignored History and self-experiences enabled investors to expect and swallow biased reactions following the announcements of the biotech sector’s firms’ quarterly results. Investors have long been expecting negative reactions towards small development-stage biotech firms following the announcement of their quarterly financial results. What they did not expect is for the same …
This Past Week

This Past Week

The Week in Review #43 This Past Week After hearing hints about the trade war between China and the United States being avoided the market reversed course from faltering to flying at the speed of light. This trade war replaced all important factors that would usually affect the market performances. Unemployment is the lowest since 1969 and is expected to cause a bullish market, but …
What Are We Experiencing Now?

What Are We Experiencing Now?

Prohost Letter #436 What Are We Experiencing Now? The bizarre market underperformance progressing rather than regressing and the good economy and the employment gains are the least utilized factors after being the most influential on the stock market performance. We are witnessing the most bullish analysts being confused, hesitating to give their followers a crystal clear explanation about the market’s skepticism, anger and volatility. The …
The ASCO 2019 Special Edition

The ASCO 2019 Special Edition

Prohost Letter #432 The ASCO 2019 Special Edition SPRAYING FEAR The Victims Are The most disturbed victim of the instigated and irrelevant fear against investing in the stock market is the market itself. Indeed, baseless fear campaigns frighten positive investors while encouraging short-selling investors to maximize their selling which intensifies the markets volatility. We have been experiencing this phenomenon since the beginning of 2019. Market …
Genomes, Genes and Gene Therapies

Genomes, Genes and Gene Therapies

Prohost Letter #431 Genomes, Genes and Gene Therapies In this issue of the Prohost Letter we focus on genomes, genes and gene therapies. National DNA day is April 25th . On this day we commemorate: James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and other of their collegues who published papers on the structure of DNA in 1953. It is an opportunity to celebrate the …
The Week in Review #40

The Week in Review #40

  Conquering NASH Gilead and Novo Nordisk Conquering NASH What was Gilead Sciences' (GILD) announcement at EASL? What is Gilead doing to find effective treatments for NASH? Why would Novo Nordisk's (
During the Departed Week

During the Departed Week

The Week in Review #39 During the Departed Week Three Prohost Portfolio Picks Hit Their 52-Week Highs The three picks referred to in the above title are, Novartis (NVS), Array (AARY) and Ionis (IONS). Previous Prohost Letters discussed Novartis and Array and continued to remind that they are Prohost favorites. The time has come to take a deeper look at Ionis; starting with the reasons …
Good news and setbacks during the departed week

Good news and setbacks during the departed week

The Week in Review #38 SYNOPSIS Good News and Setbacks During the Departed Week from the Prohost Portfolio FIRMS WITH GOOD NEWS SPARK THERAPEUTICS The most important happening, with the most exciting positive impact, has come this time from our picked gene therapy company, Spark Therapeutics (ONCE). It was electrifying news, which announced acquisition by Roche (RHHBY) of Spark Therapeutics; at a price of $114.50 …
End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 3

End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 3

Prohost Letter #428 End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 3 In Part 3 of this series we selected two firms, both were recently added to the Prohost Portfolio. The first firm, FortySeven (FTSV), focuses on an immunotherapy that differs from the breakthrough blockbuster checkpoint inhibitors on the surface of the T Cells. FortySeven’s products target checkpoint proteins on both cancer cells and macrophage cells. The latter …
End of the Year Decisions Part 2

End of the Year Decisions Part 2

Prohost Letter #427 End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 2 As a result of the unexpected volatility in the stock market, we carefully reassessed each and very stock we picked for the Prohost Portfolio. Consequently, we had to change many of our 2019 targets in all 7 tables which represents the whole portfolio of companies we believe are offering lucrative investment opportunities. On January 3, …
End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 1

End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 1

Prohost Letter #426 End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 1 We decided to make this Prohost Letter a guideline of our opinion regarding all the firms we picked for the Prohost Portfolio, rather than the few firms that we promised to elaborate on in the Prohost Portfolio that we posted on January 1, 2019 at the Prohost Biotech website . . . This content …
Another Week of Outperformance

Another Week of Outperformance

The Week in Review #16 More Exciting Rallies in Prohost Picks - The past week and for several week fascinating outperformances have been seen for many of the Prohost Portfolio stocks. We continue to articulate that the good news is not only in the stocks’ rallies, but also in the outstanding stories behind them . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here …
The World Focus is on COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

The World Focus is on COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

The Week in Review #50 The World FOCUS is COVID-19 The world FOCUS right now is on life-saving accomplishments for COVID-19. In addition to safety measures that are being adopted by most citizens the following realizations that accomplishments might lead to a clear victory over the life-threatening novel coronavirus. They are: Successful Treatments that will alleviate the severity of symptoms from COVID-19 that is causing …
What A Week For Biotechnology

What A Week For Biotechnology

The Week in Review #47 What A Week For Biotechnology Synopsis In this “Week in Review” there is no complicated scientific and clinical information, leaving the details to the articles that we usually post on the Prohost website. Most of the Prohost picked firms’ Q3 financial results have beaten expectations. Three firms have reached the Prohost 2019 targets, and more firms have outperformed, with some …
The Quarterly Financial Results

The Quarterly Financial Results

The Week in Review #46 The Quarterly Financial Results The quarterly financial results that analysts and investors relied on for years to evaluate biotech firms, including development stage firms, seem to change. Investors have finally realized that development-stage firms have no marketed drugs and no revenues, hence, no incomes and should be evaluated based on the clinical trial results of their pipeline products. They saw …
During the Departed Week

During the Departed Week

The Week in Review #42 During the Departed Week The week started with the market losing over 1000 points and ended recuperating a large extent of the losses. Desperate during the market’s plummeting, some investors were happy for the rebound and some were confused and skeptical about what the unpredictable market might bring next. In the latest Prohost Letter #436, the losses in prices of …
The Value of the Biotech Companies Continued

The Value of the Biotech Companies Continued

Prohost Letter #435 The Value of the Biotech Companies A Continuation of Prohost Letter #434 A Recap The biotech near and long-term values, we insist, must be based on the firms’ scientific capabilities, products’ potentials and financial results. In the past months the stocks evaluations by bloggers, and some assessors, have been tailored to mislead investors into serving the purposes of the manipulators’ weird agendas. …
The Bizarre Market

The Bizarre Market

The Week in Review #41 We Are Still Witnessing … The bizarre market performance that started in early 2019: In the past couple of months the great enthusiasm and response of the market to the undeniably strong economic indicators and the lowest unemployment figures turned, for mysterious reasons, to a perturbed-looking volatile market beast. The biotech stocks have given back most of their deserved gains …
The Value of the Biotech Companies

The Value of the Biotech Companies

Prohost Letter #434 Special Issue The Value of the Biotech Companies With a strong economy and an unemployment rate reaching the lowest percentage in decades we are witnessing strange, if not bizarre, market performance since the beginning of 2019. From the early signs of economic strength the stock market reacted explicitly to positive, economic news. Later, the enthusiastic market turned dispirited and volatile. The biotech …
Treating Hemoglobinopathies

Treating Hemoglobinopathies

Prohost Letter #433 Treating Hemoglobinopathies The most common genetic blood disorders are the hemoglobinopathies: sickle cell disease (SCD) and beta-thalassemia. Millions of people around the world are affected by these two conditions in which genetic defects impact the hemoglobin production.We called the past week “The Hemoglobinopathies’ Week”. Important and impacting news came with promising clinical trials data from two products aimed at treating sickle cell …
End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 4

End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 4

Prohost Letter #429 End of the Year Decisions ~ Part 4 We picked for our portfolio what we believed are biotech firms with breakthrough technologies  and promising products. The few firms that failed us in the beginning were lacking good management or suffered from greedy management. Later, when we liked biotech companies, we picked them only when we confirmed their management’s capability and honesty... &nbsp …
The Week in Review #37

The Week in Review #37

From the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) Prostate Cancer A presentation by Bayer demonstrated improvement in the treatment of non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Separate presentations by Bristol-Myers and Janssen also demonstrated improvement in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Non-Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer Bayer Results from pivotal Phase 3 ARAMIS trial with Bayer’s (BAYRY) and Orion Corporation’s jointly-developed product darolutamide plus …
Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See it, Now You Don’t Deliberate Omissions of Real Facts Real facts might be displayed or concealed depending on the news announcers’ or bloggers’ self-interests. The following contains cases of deliberate or unintentional omission of facts that led to the decline of fundamentally sound biotech and biopharmaceutical firms in bullish market during the departed trading week . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please …
Politics and the Market

Politics and the Market

The Week in Review #35 Politics and the Market The market tumbled today as Theresa May, the Prime Minister of England, delayed the Brexit vote!  The question becomes, what will be put forth next as a legitimate reason for bringing the market down and eroding investors’ gains? The weather? A war among gangs in a fourth-world country? Maybe the resignation of the chairman of a …
When common sense fails to explain market performance

When common sense fails to explain market performance

Prohost Letter #425 When Common Sense Fails to Explain the Market Performance It is not unusual for the stock market to be in a selloff mood for a few days. However, in the last couple of months, the market unexpectedly plunged deep into the ocean of the unknown. The exaggerated volatility was nerve-wracking for professional analysts. This is especially true for candid analysts who base …
Improving on immunotherapy and preventing one of its serious side effects

Improving on immunotherapy and preventing one of its serious side effects

The Week in Review #34 Improving on Immunotherapy and preventing one of its serious side effects. Removal of glutamine leads to a substantial reduction in cell growth or induces cell death in certain types of cancer cells, indicating that these cells are dependent on, or "addiected" to, glutamine. Normal cells do not depend much on glutamine . . . This content is for paid subscribers. …
We call it the bad market

We call it the bad market

The Week in Review #33 WE CALL IT THE BAD MARKET The Federal Reserve’s raising of the interest rate does not and should not mean a demise of the companies trading on the NASDAQ and other stock exchanges. The biotech group of firms with strong scientific fundamentals will not stop innovating and bringing breakthroughs to millions of people who are desperate for them if an …
Positive News

Positive News

The Week in Review #32 POSITIVE NEWS PROTEOSTASIS THERAPEUTICS Cystic Fibrosis Two days ago, a clinical-­stage small firm called Proteostasis Therapeutics (PTI) announced positive preliminary results from ongoing Phase 1 cystic fibrosis studies. The trial involved the firm’s proprietary combination therapy doublet, PTI-­808 + PTI-­801...
Following the Stars. Less Science and More Logic

Following the Stars. Less Science and More Logic

Prohost Letter #424 Following the Stars Less Science and More Logic We reiterate that while a human star is born every once in a while on Earth, several stars born daily in research labs may be designated every other day by the FDA and other health regulatory agencies around the world. These agencies call these potential stars’ breakthrough drugs, but not all the molecules designated …
Outperformance, underperformance and volatility

Outperformance, underperformance and volatility

The Week in Review #31 IN THE DEPARTED WEEK NOVEL MIGRAINE DRUGS ARE APPROVED ELI LILLY AFTER AMGEN AND TEVA In less than five months, the FDA approved three products belonging to four drug developers – all targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) for the prevention of migraine headache. The latest for Eli Lilly (LLY) last week . . . This content is for paid subscribers. …
Three important news

Three important news

The Week in Review #30 FROM THE DEPARTED WEEK In the past week, we came across a lot of news announcing research, clinical trial results, collaborations, product approvals and acquisitions. Much of the departed week’s news though, does not represent complete stories, especially the ones related to research. They represented early works in progress offering no concrete results that we can evaluate. Important news for …
Outperforming, favorite, and undervalued biotech firms

Outperforming, favorite, and undervalued biotech firms

The Week in Review #28 The approval of revolutionary products created by biotech firms with solid scientific fundamentals, superior scientists and advanced technologies is what motivates us to pick for investment biotech and biopharmaceutical firms. So, let’s see what has been approved in the parting week  from firms that we picked for investment.       IMPORTANT APPROVALS       Prohost Picked Firm     …
Bombarding future treatment approaches

Bombarding future treatment approaches

The Week in Review #27 PRIORITY TOPICS: CRISPR GENE EDITING, GENETIC ENGINEERING & ANTISENSE TECHNOLOGY The choice of these topics was dictated by investors who follow the sell side preaching. These negative investors decided to cause a selloff in all kinds of therapeutics that act at the root cause of diseases, i.e., the malfunctioning genes. These therapeutics are what we call the future treatments and cures. Indeed, during …
Victims of fear and misunderstanding

Victims of fear and misunderstanding

ProhostLetter #423 TOMORROW’S THERAPEUTICS TODAY For a more or less fair evaluation of biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, analysts currently rely for their assessment on criteria that include quarterly financial results, products’ sales revenues, and year over year growth of each and every marketed therapeutic. When it comes to clinical-stage firms, the logic implies that these criteria cannot be relied on for evaluation, as most of …
Stories about research, clinical trials results and an FDA ruling

Stories about research, clinical trials results and an FDA ruling

The Week in Review #26 IN THE BIOTECH WORLD - RESEARCH - IMPROVING CRISPR GENE EDITING The problem cited with gene editing is that the editing may stay switched on after it succeeded in reaching its goals. To prevent further unwarranted mutations, scientists from the Bath and Cardiff University have invented a switch that aims at controlling protein expression in cultured cells and mouse embryos with the …
Finding reasons for underperforming stocks

Finding reasons for underperforming stocks

The Week in Review #25 When Stocks Plummet for No Relevant Reasons Sometimes investors need to know why some of their stocks plummet when no bad news is broadcast anywhere and when firms announce terrific news promising progressive growth. Yesterday was one of those days where reasons for stocks’ deviant, and probably unwarranted, negative performances must be identified. Let’s have a look at what happened during …
Our outperforming firms and more

Our outperforming firms and more

The Week in Review #24 Biotech Stocks’ Performances, Products on the Move and Biotech Research Biotechnology stocks’ performance should be based on the firm’s intrinsic news that announces the power of their technologies and the successes or failures of their lead products and, to a lesser extent of their early-phase trials’ products. To be taken in consideration too are their financial statuses, especially of firms …
Good news, bad news & comebacks. Some ASCO results too

Good news, bad news & comebacks. Some ASCO results too

The Week in Review #23  ASCO  2018 - Small  publicly-­traded  oncology  biotech  firms,  large  oncology  biotech  firms,  and  giant  biopharmaceutical  firms,  in  addition  to  some  private  biotech  companies,  all  presented  results  and  observations  about  their  cancer  drugs  at  the  2018  American  Society  of  Clinical  Oncology  (ASCO)   meeting.  Most  presentations  were  useful,...
New stock selection and re-evaluation

New stock selection and re-evaluation

Prohost Letter #422 SUMMARY OF THE PAST ISSUE ARTICLE - REVISITING PROMISING FIRMS (PART1) - The firms we tackled in the past issue comprised: 1. Firms we liked and added to our portfolio. 2. Firms we posted their good news, but did not select... 
Revisiting Biotech Companies We Highlighted

Revisiting Biotech Companies We Highlighted

Prohost Letter #421 PRIVATE  LESSONS - Stock prices of publicly-­traded biotech companies oscillate for the same reasons other industries’ stock prices swing all day long. The fluctuations are the outcome of investors’ and daily traders’ unrelenting buying and selling . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.
AveXis Drug’s Data for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Highlights Gene Therapy

AveXis Drug’s Data for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Highlights Gene Therapy

The Week in Review #21 Part 2 THE  MARKET (2) - Our remarks in the past Week in Review included our confidence that the attempts by negative investors to drive the market crazy will not deprive the market from its innate capability to sense and react to the authentic factors it usually reacts to . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to …