Category: The Week in Review

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 …
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 …
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 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 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 …
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 …
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...
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 …
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 …
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 …