Tag: Kite Pharma (KITE)

Gilead Collaboration with Sangamo

Gilead Collaboration with Sangamo

Kite, a Gilead Company, and Sangamo Therapeutics Announce Collaboration to Develop Next-Generation Engineered Cell Therapies for Cancer Kite, a Gilead (GILD) company, and Sangamo Therapeutics (SGMO) announced a worldwide collaboration agreement for using Sangamo’s zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) technology platform for the development of next-generation ex vivo cell therapies in oncology. Kite will use Sangamo’s ZFN technology to modify genes to develop next-generation cell therapies for autologous and allogeneic use in treating …
Private Lessons and More

Private Lessons and More

Prohost Letter #417 Private Lessons - These lessons are overdue and we had to do this homework before we go into further evaluations of our picks and introduction of new companies as we promised in the past issue. We believe that the Prohost readers, the fans and the critics should know how and why we pick our biotech stocks . . . This content is …
The Week in Review #10

The Week in Review #10

The Week in Review #10 NO CONSPIRACY THEORIES - But this is what’s happening - In the past issue of The Week in Review, we wrote about the irrational pattern of selling the biotech stocks during the announcement of the quarterly results and how some investors are taking advantage of this pattern to sell their stocks before the quarterly results . . . This content …
New Breakthrough Immuno-Oncology Products

New Breakthrough Immuno-Oncology Products

The Week in Review #7 A lot more happened in the past week regarding improving the treatment of cancer and of other devastating diseases. This issue contains discoveries that aim at improving breakthrough immuno-­oncology treatment outcomes. Here are some of the breakthrough technologies and treatments that might improve, by-­far, the management of cancer . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to …
Circumventing Cellectis’ UCART123 Severe Adverse Effects

Circumventing Cellectis’ UCART123 Severe Adverse Effects

In the news, the FDA has placed a clinical hold on two phase 1 trials of Cellectis’ (CLLS) off- the-shelf product UCART123 after the death of a 78-year old patient. Cellectis is working with the FDA towards finding ways that help mitigate the risks expected to have caused the fatality. We experienced deaths with other CAR T products with the cytokine release syndrome on the …
The FDA Granted Novartis a Historical First CAR-T Approval for Leukemia. Can You Guess Who Will Be Granted the Second Historical CAR-T Approval?

The FDA Granted Novartis a Historical First CAR-T Approval for Leukemia. Can You Guess Who Will Be Granted the Second Historical CAR-T Approval?

The answer is, indeed, Gilead (GILD) and its CAR T drug approval will be for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). This is true, as in May, the FDA has accepted for priority review Kite Pharma’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for its genetically engineered Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell (CAR-T) product axicabtagene ciloleucel. The submission follows positive data demonstrated after a single infusion of axicabtagene ciloleucel in the …
Gilead to Acquire Kite and Juno Stock Rallied Too      

Gilead to Acquire Kite and Juno Stock Rallied Too      

When what you predicted, preached, and wished are realized, this is good news. Today’s news is bringing all Prohost predictions into realization, Yes, Kite (KITE) is on its way to be acquired by Gilead (GILD) and yes both stocks have rallied and yes Juno (JUNO) is also rallying on the Kite’s news because both firms are pioneers in the CAR-T Immunotherapy technology and drugs. Rallied …
The STAR of the Week

The STAR of the Week

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Wall Street As we said in yesterday’s article posted under Today’s Highlights, stocks can plummet at any time, regardless of whether they have the best or the worst grades for their financial or accomplishments reports. Stocks can falter (yet quickly recover) for various reasons, as their prices are decided by thousands of stocks exchanging hands between sellers who need to sell …
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 …
Developing Another Better CAR Using NK Cells Instead of T Cells. Nektar Has Great News

Developing Another Better CAR Using NK Cells Instead of T Cells. Nektar Has Great News

IMPROVING ON CAR IMMUNOTHERAPY APPROACH  When we stated that chimeric antigen receptor CAR immunotherapy process was created to remain and improve, we aimed at demonstrating our conviction that the CAR approach will eventually be improved and become the gold standard for the treatment of many cancers. We observed that many research and medical institutions are using all advanced information, state-of-the-art techniques and technologies in order …
The Meaning of a 10-0 Vote in Favor of Novartis’ CAR T-Cell Therapy Approval.

The Meaning of a 10-0 Vote in Favor of Novartis’ CAR T-Cell Therapy Approval.

A BIG YES for Novartis CAR-T product has come from the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee. The committee recommended FDA approval for Novartis product CTL019 for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The Vote: The panel voted 10-0 in favor of approval. Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, (CAR-T- Cell therapy) is an immunotherapy that enables the immune system T cells to seek, reach and attack cancer …
Arena’s Successful Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Drug. Novartis CAR-T Product Review for Approval Tomorrow

Arena’s Successful Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Drug. Novartis CAR-T Product Review for Approval Tomorrow

Arena (ARNA) announced positive Phase 2 clinical trial results for its drug ralinepag1 for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). In the 61-patient study, the primary efficacy analysis demonstrated a statistically significant absolute change from baseline in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) compared to placebo. Ralinepag also demonstrated numerical improvement in 6-minute walk distance (6MWD). Additionally, adverse events observed in the study were consistent with other prostacyclin treatments for …
About Bellicum Pharmaceuticals’ Product BPX-501

About Bellicum Pharmaceuticals’ Product BPX-501

IMPRESSIVE RESULTS?  Bellicum Pharmaceuticals’ (BLCM) drug BPX-501 is described as a safe and effective product that can offer children with cancer and other serious diseases the opportunity to beat their intractable sicknesses. The drug enables the patients who are in desperate need for a bone marrow stem cell transplant to use unmatched donors’ stem cells through lowering their adverse effects. The most recent clinical trial …
Prohost Letter #410

Prohost Letter #410

Prohost Letter #410 JUNE PDUFA DAYS This month, the FDA will decide on the approvals of drugs belonging to companies that Prohost has picked for investment. Usually, granting approvals rallies the stocks of the drugs’ developing firms. Sending Complete Response Letters for demands that might delay approvals would cut a substantial percentage of the stocks’ values, while rejections would cause the stocks to falter. Let’s …
Bluebird Flies Sky-High with Its CAR-T Wings

Bluebird Flies Sky-High with Its CAR-T Wings

AT ASCO CAR-T Was Created to Stay BlueBird Bio CAR-T Results Bluebird Bio (BLUE) presentation was well received at ASCO after the firm stated results demonstrating that all the 15 evaluable patients in the clinical trial of its chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) drug “bb2121 responded to treatment. Data were convincing demonstrating 89% of the patients observed their tumors shrink with 27% seeing their …
Data From ASCO and Data from the Internet

Data From ASCO and Data from the Internet

As we wrote in Prohost Letter #409, a transformation in this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting (ASCO) is further elaborating on Checkpoint inhibition and chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) approaches’ limitations. Both are attempts towards making Immunotherapy for cancer a successful treatment. Checkpoint inhibitors have reached the market at the hands of Merck, Bristo-Myers Squibb and Roche, with other firms coming forward with products …
CAR-T Great News and About the Biotech Sector in General

CAR-T Great News and About the Biotech Sector in General

It is obvious that the CAR-T approach to cancer treatment is here to stay and to change the way cancer has been managed for decades. Attempts to improve the novel elegant procedure safety profile and efficacy on solid cancers are being pursued by academia as well as by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Kite Pharma’s (KITE) CAR-T therapy axicabtagene ciloleucel is an investigational therapy in which …
Prohost Letter #409

Prohost Letter #409

Prohost Letter #409 ASCO The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting is around the corner. The Meeting, which will begin on Friday June 2, 2017 and will end on Monday 5, 2017 will be different than the past years for many reasons, including the following: -­ Checkpoint inhibition as Immunotherapy for cancer treatment moved from wishful thinking a decade ago, to promising cancer treatments …
KITE Pharma: The Risk Versus the Reward

KITE Pharma: The Risk Versus the Reward

Indeed, Saving One Life is Important. Yet, Important Too is Saving Many Lives The Risk Vs. The Reward We keep repeating that the CAR-T treatment is created to stay, not because somebody loves the firms developing the CAR-T immunotherapy, but because this novel approach to cancer is saving the lives of the condemned. In addition, many reasons exist that make oncologists and regulators believe that …