Tag: Agenus (AGEN)

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 …
Agenus’ Double News

Agenus’ Double News

Agenus (AGEN) announced that The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted marketing authorization to GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) product Shingrix, a herpes zoster vaccine containing Agenus' proprietary immune adjuvant QS-21 Stimulon®. Shingrix vaccine is designed to prevent herpes zoster (shingles) in adults aged 50 years and older. The adjuvant in the vaccine is Agenus’ product QS-21 Stimulon. This adjuvant is to help improve the vaccine's effectiveness by …
Some Small Outperforming Biotech Firms

Some Small Outperforming Biotech Firms

The Week in Review #4 AMAZING STOCK REBOUNDING - We have already witnessed and wrote about the fierce rebounding of some of our selected stocks comprising: Exelixis (EXEL), Sangamo (SGMO), Array (ARRY), ImmunoGen (IMGN) and others . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.
Agenus Has Good News

Agenus Has Good News

Agenus (AGEN) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee voted unanimously, recommending the approval of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) shingles vaccine candidate, Shingrix, containing Agenus’ proprietary immune adjuvant, QS-21 Stimulon®. This is good news for Agenus. As Garo Armen, Ph.D., Agenus CEO and Chairman of the Board said, “The Advisory Committee’s recommendation for the approval of Shingrix marks the first for a product …
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 …
Agenus Reform and Downsizing. Innoviva’s Voting Dilemma

Agenus Reform and Downsizing. Innoviva’s Voting Dilemma

Agenus (AGEN) is reorganizing its business and operations. The reasons the firm cited comprise sharpening of its focus on clinical development of its two checkpoint inhibitor antibodies and vaccine program. Among others are: - Closing its Basel site and consolidate key functions to its Cambridge, UK and Lexington, MA facilities, - Phasing out approximately 50 positions across the organization. Robert Stein, M.D., Ph.D., President of …
Incyte: A Thoughtful Research and Collaboration Agreement with Abramson Cancer Center

Incyte: A Thoughtful Research and Collaboration Agreement with Abramson Cancer Center

Incyte Announces a Multi-year Research Collaboration with the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The aim of the agreement with Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania as Incyte (INCY) stated in the press release is to bring together the knowledge and expertise of both collaborators scientists. This cooperation will enable conducting collaborative research in order to advance the understanding of cancer …
Agenus: Why Canceling Prophage Trial Should Not be Concerning

Agenus: Why Canceling Prophage Trial Should Not be Concerning

Some investors are selling AGEN in premarket trading for a reason that might be unimportant anymore with Agenus’ totally changed status now with its new immunotherapy pipeline. The new checkpoint inhibitors products and their checkpoint targets products are the talk of the cancer community and having them has attracted large companies, including Incyte. Nevertheless, the stock will be trading down today because in a regulatory …
Why Agenus and Incyte Are Both Winners Amending Their Original Agreement

Why Agenus and Incyte Are Both Winners Amending Their Original Agreement

Incyte (INCY) and Agenus (AGEN) announced an amendment of the License, Development and Commercialization Agreement that was originally agreed upon by the two firms on January 9, 2015. The amended converts the ongoing antibodies targeting GITR and OX40 programs from co-funded development and profit-sharing arrangements to royalty-bearing programs. In the 2015 agreement, both firms decided to work together on the INCAGN1876 (anti-GITR agonist) and INCAGN1949 …
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 …
Why We Are Ignoring the Temporary Selling of NKTR. See Also: Agenus Adjuvant in GSK Successful Shingles Vaccine

Why We Are Ignoring the Temporary Selling of NKTR. See Also: Agenus Adjuvant in GSK Successful Shingles Vaccine

There is nothing wrong with Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR). The stock is temporarily underperforming as traders are practicing their conviction that they must sell when a firm finances through dilution. The traders practice this law of thumb regardless of whether the financing aims at bringing wealth or invites for a catastrophe. We believe Nektar is walking the road towards creating wealth and growth through continued development …
Why BMY News Is Not As Bad As Hysterical Investors Believed

Why BMY News Is Not As Bad As Hysterical Investors Believed

ANOTHER MISLEADING STORY  This article was corrected after being posted. Read our apology at the end of the article. Forecasting exaggerated impact of negative-looking news has stricken GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) shareholders today, while enchanting Merck’s (MRK) shareholders. GSK said that: “Used as a single therapy”, its checkpoint immunotherapy drug Opdivo has failed a trial for newly diagnosed lung cancer patients. GSK said that the Checkmate-026 study has not met its primary …
Ignoring Incyte’s Successive Good News Will Fail to Mislead Investors

Ignoring Incyte’s Successive Good News Will Fail to Mislead Investors

GRAFT VERSUS HOST DISEASE (GVHD) INCYTE (INCY) HAS SEVERAL GOOD NEWS. As a matter of fact, Incyte has exciting news coming from innumerable activities strategized by the firm’s dynamic management. The first good news came from the FDA, granting Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Jakafi® (ruxolitinib) for the treatment of patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). There are currently no approved treatments for GVHD. Breakthrough Therapy …
Le CompaGnon Part 1

Le CompaGnon Part 1

Le CompaGnon Part 1 TUESDAY June 14, 2016 The Eternal Market Games Unfortunately, the fabrication and misrepresentation of reality in media articles about member firms of the biotech sector succeeded in devastating promising companies having exceptional technologies and products. The damages went far beyond investors unwarranted losses. The damages were grave as to ruin of many firms. Indeed, many promising firms were forced to declare …
Good News for Agenus and for Global Blood Therapeutics

Good News for Agenus and for Global Blood Therapeutics

Agenus (AGEN) announced that a lead product candidate is selected under its license and research collaboration with Merck, which is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Merck has selected a lead antibody candidate and several backup antibodies, discovered by Agenus, to an undisclosed Merck checkpoint target. Agenus received a $2 million milestone payment from Merck. According to the terms of the agreement, …
Accelerated FDA Approvals of Immunotherapy Treatments Are Accelerating

Accelerated FDA Approvals of Immunotherapy Treatments Are Accelerating

CANCER Everyday something new is discovered that explains cancer behavior, including proliferation, response to treatment, resistance to treatment, metastasis, recurrence, etc. Today we have several news, including one that might have cleared a puzzle regarding a continuous growth of colon cancer after oncologists block a well known signaling molecule recognized as playing a major role in making, not breaking the cancer. We also have news …
Disrupting the Capability of Cancer Cells to Repair Their Damaged DNA. See Also: Underestimated Biotech Firms

Disrupting the Capability of Cancer Cells to Repair Their Damaged DNA. See Also: Underestimated Biotech Firms

Underestimating the Value of Drugs that Disrupt the DNA Repair Mechanisms in Cancer Cells. AstraZeneca’s (AZN) Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said that while DNA damage response was under-recognized by investors, oncologists were already “very excited” by its potential of the drugs targeting DNA repair mechanisms inside cancer cells. According to AstraZeneca, drugs that disrupt the DNA repair mechanisms inside cancer cells are showing tangible promise for …
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 …