Tag: Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (IONS)

Ionis, the FDA and the exaggerated selloff of the firm’s stock

Ionis, the FDA and the exaggerated selloff of the firm’s stock

A complete response letter (CRL) sent by The Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products of the United States’ FDA to Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) and its affiliate Akcea Therapeutics (AKCA) regarding Waylivra™ (volanesorsen) carried like usual bad news. The FDA has decided against approving Waylivra, the drug designed to treat the lipid disorder known as familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS). Familial chylomicronemia syndrome is an ultra-rare, devastating hereditary …
Biogen’s Exciting Q2 Results Highlighted Ionis (IONS) Too

Biogen’s Exciting Q2 Results Highlighted Ionis (IONS) Too

The good news from Biogen’s (BIIB) Q2 exciting financial results comprised impressive news for Ionis (IONS) from the commercialization of Ionis’ approved product, Spinraza for Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).  Biogen is also responsible for the commercialization of Ionis’ products Tegsedi™ (inotersen) and Waylivra™ (volanesorsen) – two antisense drugs that Ionis discovered and successfully advanced through Phase 3 studies. In the second quarter of Biogen’s 2018 …
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 log in.
An FDA Advisory Committee Voted in Favor of Approving Akcea Therapeutics’ Product, WAYLIVRA, for FCS Syndrome.

An FDA Advisory Committee Voted in Favor of Approving Akcea Therapeutics’ Product, WAYLIVRA, for FCS Syndrome.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) and Akcea Therapeutics (AKCA), an affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, announced that the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products voted 12-8 in support of approving the firms’ product WAYLIVRATM (volanesorsen) for familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS). The PDUFA date for the FDA review and ruling is August 30, 2018. WAYLIVRA, potentially the first and only treatment for people living with this serious and …
Novartis to acquire AveXis. Would the Approval of AVXS-101, If Any, Impact the Sales of Ionis’ Spinraza?

Novartis to acquire AveXis. Would the Approval of AVXS-101, If Any, Impact the Sales of Ionis’ Spinraza?

NOVARTIS TO ACQUIRE AVEXIS A few months ago, Novartis (NVS) CEO agreed to cash out of the company’s consumer health joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which brought in cash intended to further improve and expand Novartis’ pipeline. Here we are. Yesterday, Novartis announced its intention to acquire the gene therapy firm AveXis (AVXS) at $8.7 billion, paying $218 for each share of this firm. In a conference call on Monday, …
Highlighting Gene Editing Firms

Highlighting Gene Editing Firms

The Week in Review #19 Targeting the Root-­Cause of Diseases - Investing in the Future is Currently the Best Way - Stopping aberrant genes from causing diseases has taken time to move from wishful thinking to reality. Through trial and error, various different approaches have been tested over the years, including attempts at genetic engineering... &nbsp . . . This content is for paid subscribers. …
The Year in Review Part 2

The Year in Review Part 2

Prohost Letter #416 Part 2 2017 - A YEAR OF BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES, BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCTS, IMPROVEMENTS ON PROMISING BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENTS, DECIPHERING IMPORTANT LIFE SCIENCE MYSTERIES, PINPOINTING BIOLOGICAL PATHWAYS FOR TREATMENT RESISTANCE, MIRACLE CURES, AND… A LOT OF DISTORTED NEGATIVE INTERPRETATIONS - Prioritizing our choices of breakthroughs has been a dilemma . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or log in.
Ionis Drug Volanesorsen’s Reward Outweighs the Mitigated Risk

Ionis Drug Volanesorsen’s Reward Outweighs the Mitigated Risk

Akcea Therapeutics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS), announced positive results from the pivotal Phase 3 APPROACH study of the drug volanesorsen. The results demonstrate that the drug met its primary endpoint of reducing triglyceride levels in patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS). The Disease familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) is a severe, rare genetic metabolic disorder characterized by an inability of the body …
Why Would a Specific Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Treat Aggressive Cancers? Read Also: Other Important News

Why Would a Specific Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Treat Aggressive Cancers? Read Also: Other Important News

An approved rheumatoid arthritis drug developed and sold by Sanofi could become a new treatment for aggressive cancers. The news came in a Mount Sinai press release announcing that researchers have discovered that a rheumatoid arthritis drug can block a metabolic pathway that occurs in tumors with a common cancer-causing gene mutation. The discovery offers a new possible therapy for aggressive cancers with few therapeutic …
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. …
IONIS: Near Reaching the Hall of Fame

IONIS: Near Reaching the Hall of Fame

Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) has further good news with a new revelation from Akcea Therapeutics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ionis Pharmaceuticals that the Phase 3 COMPASS study met its primary endpoint. COMPASS is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 26-week Phase 3 study evaluating the firm’s drug volanesorsen in 113 patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia.   The average incoming triglyceride level of patients in the study was 1,261 mg/dl. …
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 …
Ionis Drug Spinraza Conquers Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Statistically Significant Results

Ionis Drug Spinraza Conquers Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Statistically Significant Results

Biogen (BIIB) and Ionis (IONS) announced that Spinraza (nusinersen), an antisense drug designed and developed by Ionis met its primary endpoint in Phase 3 trial of the CHERISH Study in later-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This was the second positive Phase 3 study that provides evidence of Spinraza’s efficacy and favorable safety. The data demonstrate statistically significant and clinically meaningful results.   Children receiving Spinraza …
IONIS Stock Selloff: Has GSK Abandoned the Wagon or Jumped Out of the Train? See Also: Osteoporosis

IONIS Stock Selloff: Has GSK Abandoned the Wagon or Jumped Out of the Train? See Also: Osteoporosis

Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) stock plummeted when GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) stopped pursuing a late stage trial of Ionis-TTR the TTR amyloidosis called familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). This product represents one wagon in Ionis train, which has several wagons representing the firm’s pipeline products. GSK is still occupying one of these wagons known as the familial amyloid cardiomyopathy (FAC). All the other BIG names riding Ionis’ train are still there, no …
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 …
Regulus Offers Proof of Concept and Feasibility with Its HCV RNA Targeted Drug

Regulus Offers Proof of Concept and Feasibility with Its HCV RNA Targeted Drug

Regulus Pharmaceuticals (RGLS) a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, designs and develop treatments targeting microRNAs announced interim results from one of the company’s ongoing Phase 2 studies of its hepatitis C virus (HCV) product RG-101.  The study was designed to evaluate a shortened, four-week treatment regimen containing a subcutaneous administration of 2 mg/kg of RG-101 at Day 1 and Day 29, in combination with 4 weeks of once/daily approved anti-viral …
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 …