Category: Prohost Letters

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 …
A Letter To Prohost Subscribers

A Letter To Prohost Subscribers

A Letter From Prohost The Stock Market Selloff What’s Going On and What Do We Do Now? We have lived through selloffs in the previous years and recently. We also read what experts and top economists have written to date trying to explain the selloff, drawing their conclusions. We expected them to speculate on the market’s next moves, indicating how or when the selloff would …
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 …
A Company Report

A Company Report

VASCULAR BIOGENICS OPERATING AS VBL THERAPEUTICS Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics (VBLT) is a late-stage clinical bio-pharmaceutical company focused on oncology and inflammatory diseases. Founded in 2000 and based in Tel Aviv, Israel, VBL’s has built its clinical pipeline based on two proprietary platform technologies that leverage the body’s natural physiologic and genetic regulatory elements: The proprietary Vascular Targeting System™ (VTS) platform technology, …
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, …