Tag: AstraZeneca Plc (AZN)

AstraZeneca: Advancing and improving Stage III lung cancer treatments

AstraZeneca: Advancing and improving Stage III lung cancer treatments

Stage III (locally-advanced) NSCLC is commonly divided into three sub-categories: IIIA, IIIB and IIIC, defined by how much the cancer has spread locally and the possibility of surgery. The difference between Stage III and Stage IV disease (cancer (metastasized to distant organs)) is that Stage III is treated now with curative intent. The majority of Stage III NSCLC patients are diagnosed with unresectable tumors. It …
Amgen and AstraZeneca have in hand a very much needed Asthma drug

Amgen and AstraZeneca have in hand a very much needed Asthma drug

In the Week in Review posted yesterday on our website that is experiencing several attempts on its life, we wrote about some firms, including Amgen. In the Amgen’s article we tried to let the reader recognize the importance of Amgen’s (AMGN) asthma product tezepelumab and how it differs from all other asthma drugs on the market, including the conventional tablets, inhalers and infusions. The Novel …
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 …
AstraZeneca and Genentech Checkpoint Inhibitors improve survival in two different Lung Cancers

AstraZeneca and Genentech Checkpoint Inhibitors improve survival in two different Lung Cancers

ASTRAZENECA AstraZeneca’s (AZN) Checkpoint Inhibitor Imfinzi significantly improved Overall Survival (OS) for Stage III Non-Small Cell Cancer Imfinzi (durvalumab) achieved positive overall survival (OS) results for the Phase III PACIFIC trial in patients with unresectable Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose cancer did not progress following platinum-based chemotherapy and radiation. An Independent Data Monitoring Committee concluded that the trial met the second of two primary …
The FDA Approves AstraZeneca Checkpoint Inhibitor Imfinzi® for a Lung Cancer. A Probable Partnership Agreement Between Arbutus and Roivant

The FDA Approves AstraZeneca Checkpoint Inhibitor Imfinzi® for a Lung Cancer. A Probable Partnership Agreement Between Arbutus and Roivant

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AstraZeneca (AZN) Checkpoint inhibitor drug Imfinzi® (durvalumab) for patients with unresectable Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has not progressed following concurrent platinum-based chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CRT). Explaining the importance of this approval, Scott J. Antonia, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Thoracic Oncology Department at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida and investigator …
Acorda’s Attempted Rally. See Also: Amgen, Merck and AstraZeneca

Acorda’s Attempted Rally. See Also: Amgen, Merck and AstraZeneca

Acorda (ACOR) stock was up around 10% reaching over $28 in premarket trading. The stock is trading now around $27 with its gains oscillating between $2 – $2.20. The enthusiasm for ACOR seems to be about rumors that Biogen (BIIB) or possibly other Asian drug makers might have demonstrated the interest in Acorda. What’s going on with Acorda? In June 2017, the stock rallied on news about positive clinical trial …
Must Read News. See Also: A New Immunotherapy Combination by Incyte and AstraZeneca

Must Read News. See Also: A New Immunotherapy Combination by Incyte and AstraZeneca

Amgen (AMGN) and Kirin Holdings (Kirin) announced an agreement upon, which Kirin-Amgen, a joint venture between the two companies, will redeem Kirin’s shares in the joint venture and as a result, Kirin-Amgen will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amgen. The Kirin-Amgen joint venture was established in 1984 as a 50-50 joint venture between Amgen and Kirin to fund the global development of Epogen® (epoetin alfa). The scope of …
Will NewLink Genetics’ IDO Inhibitor Improve the Efficacy of AstraZeneca’s Checkpoint Inhibitor in Treating Pancreatic Cancer?

Will NewLink Genetics’ IDO Inhibitor Improve the Efficacy of AstraZeneca’s Checkpoint Inhibitor in Treating Pancreatic Cancer?

AstraZeneca’s (AZN) checkpoint PD-L1 inhibitor Imfinzi and NewLink Genetics’ (NLNK) IDO inhibitor indoximod will be combined and tested in Phase 2 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials together with the standard of care chemotherapy treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer. AstraZeneca and NewLink Genetics will jointly fund the phase 2 trial of the combination that  NewLink will be sponsoring  It is a Phase 2  trial that will be …
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 …
An Approval for Celgene and Two Breakthrough Designations for AstraZeneca

An Approval for Celgene and Two Breakthrough Designations for AstraZeneca

CELGENE Good news from Celgene (CELG) announced  that the FDA approved the firm’s targeted drug Idhifa (enasidenib) for adults with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) associated with isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 (IDH2) mutations. Good news also announced that the FDA approved the RealTime IDH2 companion assay, which pinpoints the IDH2 mutations. Richard Pazdur, MD, of the FDA Office of Hematology and Oncology Products, said in a statement. …
The Value of Sangamo, Merck and AstraZeneca News

The Value of Sangamo, Merck and AstraZeneca News

GENE EDITING Sangamo Biosciences: Is it a Comeback? Genome editing allows the creation of therapeutics that can modify the genome in a living cell, providing unprecedented reach that would help the creation of treatments for genetic diseases. The dream about emerging solutions through genome editing techniques, which could correct genetic mutations causing diseases seems to be turning into reality. Among the innovative firms in this …
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 …
The FDA Manufacturing Issues. Why Portola Rallied but is Still Way Undervalued

The FDA Manufacturing Issues. Why Portola Rallied but is Still Way Undervalued

MANUFACTURING ISSUES?!  Why PORTOLA Stock Rallied? On Aug. 17, 2016, we learned that the FDA sent a Complete Response Letter (CRL) to Portola Pharmaceuticals (PTLA) regarding its Biologics License Application (BLA) for AndexXa™ (andexanet alfa), which is an antidote important for the safety use of several new Factor Xa inhibitors anticoagulants aimed at replacing Coumadin (warfarin). The Factor Xa inhibitors anticoagulants have many advantages over …
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, …
Is Prohost Still Cautious About Investing in Clovis Oncology?

Is Prohost Still Cautious About Investing in Clovis Oncology?

The FDA announced what made Clovis Oncology (CLVS) shareholders believe that the bad times might have ended for the firm and a new era is beginning. The announcement was about the FDA decision not to hold an advisory committee meeting to discuss the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for drug rucaparib aimed at treating advanced ovarian cancer. The regulatory agency had already granted rucaparib a …
Gilead and Genmab Agreement. A Quick Look at Moderna

Gilead and Genmab Agreement. A Quick Look at Moderna

GILEAD & GENMAB To Access Genmab’s (GEN) bispecific antibody technology, Gilead (GILD) signed a new agreement with Genmab. The King of HIV treatment objective is to use its exclusive license from Genmab to produce an HIV bispecific monoclonal antibody therapeutic. Gilead is paying around $5 million in upfront payment and up to $277 million in milestones. Genmab will also be entitled to one-digit royalty of …
Array: Selumetinib Negative Results Are No Match to Its Binimetinib Positive Results

Array: Selumetinib Negative Results Are No Match to Its Binimetinib Positive Results

We do expect some selling of Array today after AstraZeneca’s announced negative results from Phase 3 SELECT-1 trial of the MEK inhibitor, selumetinib, in combination with docetaxel chemotherapy as 2nd-line treatment for KRAS mutation-positive (KRASm) locally-advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The results did not meet the trial’s primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS), and did not demonstrate overall survival (OS). These results, …
Coming from AstraZeneca and Juno: News That Makes a Big Difference

Coming from AstraZeneca and Juno: News That Makes a Big Difference

Important news is the news that informs about successful achievements that make a difference in treating life-threatening diseases, chronic diseases and diseases with no available treatments. Sometime you might not have a personal interest in one, or another or even all the mentioned firms in the news. For investors in the biotech sector, however, it is good to know the successful treatments that might be …
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 …