Tag: Merck (MRK)

Good News, Bad News & Comebacks. See Also: ASCO Results

Good News, Bad News & Comebacks. See Also: ASCO Results

The Week in Review #23  ASCO  2018 - Small  publicly-­traded  oncology  biotech  firms,  large  oncology  biotech  firms,  and  giant  biopharmaceutical  firms,  in  addition  to  some  private  biotech  companies,  all  presented  results  and  observations  about  their  cancer  drugs  at  the  2018  American  Society  of  Clinical  Oncology  (ASCO)   meeting.  Most  presentations  were  useful,...
Why FDA approval of Agilent Technologies’ Assay is important to cervical cancer patients

Why FDA approval of Agilent Technologies’ Assay is important to cervical cancer patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Agilent Technologies’ (NYSE: A) Dako PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx assay for an expanded use. The expended use is expected to help physicians to identify cervical cancer patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment with Merck’s (MRK) checkpoint inhibitor lmmuno-oncology product Keytruda PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx assay was FDA approved for non-small cell lung cancer and subsequently expanded approval for gastric …
The FDA Approves Keytruda for primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL)

The FDA Approves Keytruda for primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL)

– Keytruda becomes the first anti-PD-1 therapy to be approved for PMBCL   – This is the 2nd indication for Keytruda for a hematologic malignancy. – The approval is based on tumor response rate and durability of response. The FDA granted Merck (MRK) approval for its immuno-oncology checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda® for adult and pediatric patients with refractory primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), or for those who relapsed after two …
Real Breakthroughs

Real Breakthroughs

Prohost Letter #420 REAL BREAKTHROUGHS - One Has Already Been Used and the Other Has Extraordinary Promises In  the  NEWS - THE POWER OF CHECKPOINT INHIBITOR IMMUNOTHERAPY WOW It is about the checkpoint inhibitors immunotherapy, which is bringing to the world of cancer a stunning revelation of a combination treatment offering an almost cure for a lung cancer...
Let’s Go Shopping

Let’s Go Shopping

In today’s news, Incyte’s (INCY) immuno-oncology IDO1 inhibitor product Epacadostat in combination with Merck’s immuno-oncology product Keytruda® did not meet the endpoints of the trial in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma. The stock was subjected to a selloff – a market’s reaction pattern that occurs whenever negative news comes out of experimentation without consideration of the extent of their impact. A serious question to ask now would …
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 …
Merck’s Good News. Checkpoint Inhibitors’ Revenues

Merck’s Good News. Checkpoint Inhibitors’ Revenues

Checkpoint inhibitors approved for a few firms as immunotherapy for cancer are increasingly demonstrating their superiority in extending the lives of patients when given as first-line treatments. In the news, Merck’s (MRK) anti-PD-1 therapy, pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) in combination with pemetrexed (Alimta®) and cisplatin or carboplatin, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), met its dual primary endpoints of overall survival …
The Week in Review #9

The Week in Review #9

The Week in Review #9 KNOCKING DOWN THE BIOTECH STOCKS - Knocking down the biotech companies’ stocks during the announcement of the quarterly reports is no news. Most investors in the stock market, especially those who invest in the biotech sector have become familiar with this pattern . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.
Tracing Large Pharmaceutical Companies’ Choices

Tracing Large Pharmaceutical Companies’ Choices

The Week in Review #8 Potential biotech winners inspired through COLLABORATION - When successful top-­tier drug developing firms such as Amgen (AMGN) or Merck (MRK) sign strategic collaborating agreements with small development-­stage biotech firms,...   &nbsp . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.
KalVista Pharmaceuticals Signs a Lucrative Strategic Agreement with Merck

KalVista Pharmaceuticals Signs a Lucrative Strategic Agreement with Merck

–The Agreement Covers the Development of Investigational Plasma Kallikrein Inhibitors for Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) – Upfront Fee ($37 Million).  Potential Milestone Payments. Royalties On Sales. The deal could be worth $750 million – Merck Acquires 9.9% Stake in KalVista in Private Placement.    -Phase 2 Clinical Trial for the Investigational Intravitreal DME Candidate KVD001 Still Planned to Initiate in 2017. Surprise? Indeed, it is. KalVista Pharmaceuticals …
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 …
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.
NewLink Genetics: A Rally is Recuperating NLNK’s Unwarranted Stock Losses

NewLink Genetics: A Rally is Recuperating NLNK’s Unwarranted Stock Losses

Indeed, updated data from the ongoing Phase 2 NLG2103 study of NewLink Genetics (NLNK) IDO inhibitor immunotherapy product indoximod in combination with the PD-1 pathway inhibitor, KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) demonstrate positive results in advanced melanoma. The news rallied the stock that has been cremated following news that the same drug Indoximoll has failed to meet the endpoint in mid-phase trials on breast cancer in combination with …
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 …
Targeted Drugs That Would Improve on Immunotherapy Treatments’ Outcomes. See Array and Exelixis

Targeted Drugs That Would Improve on Immunotherapy Treatments’ Outcomes. See Array and Exelixis

FROM ARRAY Array’s Drug Binimetinib in Combination Therapy with Merck’s Drug Keytruda for METASTATIC FOR COLORECTAL CANCER   On May 8, 2017, Array BioPharma and Merck announced entering into a clinical trial collaboration to investigate the safety and efficacy of Array's MEK inhibitor, binimetinib, with Merck's anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda® (pembrolizumab), in metastatic colorectal cancer patients with microsatellite stable tumors (MSS CRC). The decision on this …
Merck’s Keytruda: Extremely Valuable, But Not for Multiple Myeloma

Merck’s Keytruda: Extremely Valuable, But Not for Multiple Myeloma

Merck’s (MRK) anti-PD-1 drug Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) is approved for many, many cancers. Yet, it is fair to say that this checkpoint inhibitor drug will not be effective in all cancers. This is especially true now that yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a clinical hold on KEYNOTE-183, KEYNOTE-185 and KEYNOTE-023, three combination studies of Keytruda® with Celgene’s products Pomalyst Pomalidomide and …
Prohost Letter #411

Prohost Letter #411

Prohost Letter #411 SOME STOCK RALLYING NEWS - Under normal conditions, some good news should rally the stocks of the firms that the news belong to them. During the past six months, Amgen (AMGN) announced a series of good news that seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Yesterday Amgen announced some positive results from three approved and one experimental products – all the news …
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 …
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 …
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 …