Tag: SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19)

Why Sonoma Pharmaceuticals and Adaptimmune Stock Prices Skyrocketed

Sonoma Pharmaceuticals and MicroSafe Group, Dubai Sonoma Pharmaceuticals (SNOA) develops stabilized hypochlorous acid (HOCl) products for a wide range of applications including: wound care, eye care and dermatological conditions. Together with MicroSafe Group, Dubai, announced the receipt of approval from Australia for Nanocyn® Disinfectant & Sanitizer, manufactured by Sonoma using its . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or …

Questions & Answers

The Week in Review #51 Questions & Answers About CytomX Q: Is there any reason for the CytomX stock selloff that occurred in early May? In order to answer this question we need to explain CytomX’s (CTMX) Probody therapeutics. These novel treatments are designed to remain inactive until they are activated only . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe …

Inovio: INO-4800 DNA Vaccine Against the Novel Coronavirus Has Promising News. Moderna Still Has the Front-Runner

Inovio DNA Vaccine Candidate INO-4800 for SARS-CoV-2 Inovio (INO) announced the publication of the preclinical study data for its novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 DNA vaccine INO-4800 which is demonstrating robust neutralizing antibody and T cell immune responses against COVID-19. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications titled, "Immunogenicity of a . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe …
Moderna: Positive Interim Phase 1 Data for its mRNA-1273 Vaccine Against Novel Coronavirus

Moderna: Positive Interim Phase 1 Data for its mRNA-1273 Vaccine Against Novel Coronavirus

Moderna Postive News for mRNA-1273 Vaccine Against Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Moderna (MRNA) announced positive interim clinical data of mRNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19), from the Phase 1 study led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the firm’s press release, Immunogenicity data are currently available …

Sorrento Therapeutics: STI-1499 ~ An Encouraging Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Antibody

Sorrento Therapeutics Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Antibody STI-1499 Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) announced that its anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody, STI-1499, demonstrated 100% inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus infection in an in vitro virus infection experiment at a very low antibody concentration. Sorrento has screened billions of antibodies in its proprietary G-MAB™ fully human antibody library and has so far identified hundreds of antibody candidates that bind the S1 subunit of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein. …

The Impacting News of the Day

Impacting News from Novavax, CymaBay Therapeutics and Sanofi SA Novavax  The Grant That Rallied the Stock Novavax (NVAX) stock jumped sky-high following the announcement that the firm has been granted up to $384 million by the coalition for Epidemic Preparedness innovation. The grant is to help the advancement in the clinical development of the firm’s SARS-CoV-2 (COVID . . . This content is for paid …

Novel Coronavirus: The Therapeutics

Prohost Letter #440 Coronavirus The Therapeutics Gilead’s Remdesivir Treating COVID-19 patients requires therapeutic products that can deal with moderate and severe persistent symptoms that are unwilling to ease or completely disappear after weeks of isolation, when following the distancing and wearing masks. The first product proven effective and safe to be granted FDA Emergency Use Approval (EUA) happens to be remdesivir from Gilead Sciences (

Pluristem Therapeutics: The FDA Cleared Phase 2 Study of Its PLX Cells in Treating the Respiratory Complications of COVID-19

Pluristem Therapeutics IND Cleared by FDA for PLX Cells in COVID-19 Treatment From Pluristem Therapeutics (PSTI) we learned that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a Phase 2 study of its PLX cells in the treatment of severe COVID-19 cases complicated by Acute Respiratory . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here …

The FDA Cleared Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine for a Phase 2 Trial. The Stock Surged in Pre-market Hours

Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Cleared for Phase 2 Moderna (MRNA) provided business updates for the first quarter of 2020 and highlighted pipeline progress. The current most important of the news is that the FDA has cleared Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine to proceed with the central Phase 2 study.   The . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.

Applied DNA Sciences and Takis Biotech: A DNA Vaccination Injection in Animals Induced Antibodies That Block SARS-CoV-2

Applied DNA Sciences and Takis Biotech Announce the Production of Neutralizing Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 After DNA Vaccination in Animals Beyond expectations, a single injection of DNA in mice induced antibodies that block the infection of cultured human cells by SARS-CoV-2. The press release, from Stony Brook, N.Y. and Rome, Italy, about a vaccine against COVID-19 developed by Applied DNA Sciences (

Moderna: Speeding down the Road Towards Developing a Prophylactic Vaccine Against the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Moderna Submitted an IND for Its mRNA Vaccine Candidate for Novel Coronavirus  Moderna (MRNA) announced that it has submitted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its mRNA vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. The filing is for the evaluation in Phase 2 and for late-stage studies if supported by safety data from the Phase …

Be Careful NOT to Underestimate the Following Biotech Stocks (Part 2)

Theravance Biopharma: Near-Term Game-Changing PDUFAS Some of the Prohost Portfolio selected companies are having near term PDUFAS which we believe will have a positive outcome. Indeed we expect the FDA approvals to tremendously boost these firms’ values. In Part 1 we chose Halozyme (HALO) and PTC Therapeutics (
The World Focus is on COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

The World Focus is on COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

The Week in Review #50 The World FOCUS is COVID-19 The world FOCUS right now is on life-saving accomplishments for COVID-19. In addition to safety measures that are being adopted by most citizens the following realizations that accomplishments might lead to a clear victory over the life-threatening novel coronavirus. They are: Successful Treatments that will alleviate the severity of symptoms from COVID-19 that is causing …
Why Gilead’s and Moderna’s Stocks Rallied Today

Why Gilead’s and Moderna’s Stocks Rallied Today

Gilead Sciences Gilead (GILD) stock soared after market hours adding $11 to the $1.90 the stock had gained during trading hours. Investors’ enthusiasm was raised when very promising results came out of a clinical trial for Gilead’s drug remdesivir given to COVID-19 infected people.   According to the news the University of Chicago’s Phase 3 trial results demonstrated that most COVID-19 infected patients treated with …

Novavax: A Hand-Picked Vaccine on the Road Towards Human Clinical Trial Against Coronavirus

Novavax Identified an "Ideal" Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate The news from Novavax (NVAX) informs that the firm has identified an "ideal" coronavirus vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, that is a stable, prefusion protein made using Novavax’s proprietary nanoparticle technology. The firm will initiate a first-in-human trial in mid-May. Novavax’s proprietary Matrix-M . . . This content is for paid subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or here to log in.
Encouraging News About the COVID-19 Outbreak. See Also: Important News from Gilead

Encouraging News About the COVID-19 Outbreak. See Also: Important News from Gilead

COVID-19 at Its Peak? The number of deaths from the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC are expected to peak soon. This expectation is coming from a prestigious trustworthy Washington University. The news also stated that Italy is turning the corner if it has not already turned it. They are reporting the lowest death toll for two weeks. France also reported a slowing of daily deaths while …
Two Companies Coronavirus Will Fail To Disrupt

Two Companies Coronavirus Will Fail To Disrupt

Vertex and Regeneron Will Survive the Coronavirus Market Vertex We picked Vertex (VRTX) on March 18, 2011 at $44.39. The stock closed at $218 at the end of 2019. It rallied in mid-February reaching $247.78 then the unexpected and unseen novel coronavirus started infecting the world. Our 2020 target is still $280. We decided upon this new target in . . . This content is …
Why We Are Still Optimistic. See Also: Inovio’s Good News

Why We Are Still Optimistic. See Also: Inovio’s Good News

COVID-19 and the Nation's Hospitals Disagreeable news with regard to the nation's hospitals is their unpreparedness to face a sudden crisis, let alone an unexpected and unprecedented pandemic. The system the hospitals are running on has been causing problems for a some time now, not just since the Coronavirus pandemic. Since the COVID-19 cases have been rushed to hospitals many unwarranted, unacceptable, intolerable and dangerous …