Category: Today’s Highlights

Portola Is Still a Favorite

Portola Is Still a Favorite

It is an ingenuous decision made by investors who rushed to consider betrixaban Phase 3 APEX study a failure. Betrixaban is a once-daily orally administered Factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant.  The Phase 3 AREX study was evaluating the superiority of oral betrixaban’s extended-duration anticoagulation vs. the injectable standard-of-care anticoagulation for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in acute medically ill patients. The 7,513-subject study designed to assess the relative risk …
Amgen: Positive Data from Osteoporosis Trial. Aerie Pharmaceuticals: More Data on Glaucoma Drug Safety.

Amgen: Positive Data from Osteoporosis Trial. Aerie Pharmaceuticals: More Data on Glaucoma Drug Safety.

Amgen (AMGN) and UCB (Euronext Brussels: UCB) announced positive results from the BRIDGE pivotal Phase 3 placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy and safety of romosozumab in treating men with osteoporosis.  The study met the primary endpoint, demonstrating a statistically significant increase in bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine in men with osteoporosis treated with romosozumab compared with placebo at 12 months. All secondary endpoints comparing romosozumab with placebo …
Immunokinases Attract Roche to Blueprint Medicine. Spectrum Granted FDA Approval.

Immunokinases Attract Roche to Blueprint Medicine. Spectrum Granted FDA Approval.

Immunotherapy for Cancer Blueprint Medicines Blueprint Medicines (BPMC) entered into a worldwide collaboration and exclusive license agreement with F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (collectively, Roche) for the discovery, development and commercialization of up to five small molecule therapeutics targeting kinases believed to be important in cancer immunotherapy. Under the terms of the agreement, Blueprint Medicines will receive an upfront cash payment of $45 million …
Celator: Improving on AML Standard of Care Treatment. The Stock Rallied.

Celator: Improving on AML Standard of Care Treatment. The Stock Rallied.

First therapy to demonstrate statistically significant improvement in overall survival and induction response rate in a pivotal Phase 3 trial in high-risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)   NDA submission for VYXEOS planned for later this year   Celator Pharmaceuticals (CPXX) announced positive results from Phase 3 trial of VYXEOS™ (cytarabine: daunorubicin) Liposome for Injection (also known as CPX-351) in patients with high-risk (secondary) acute myeloid leukemia (AML) compared to the standard …
Xoma: The Considered Dead is Alive and Kicking. Gilead is Way Undervalued

Xoma: The Considered Dead is Alive and Kicking. Gilead is Way Undervalued

The Diagnosed Dead Is Far from Dying Xoma (XOMA): Stock rallied following report announcing an upfront payment from Novartis, which multiplied the firm’s revenues 10 times over 2014. Novartis paid Xoma $37 million, Novo Nordisk paid $5 million and Pfizer paid the firm a little less than $4 million. CEO John Varian said, “Novel antibodies and technologies created by XOMA scientists to target diseases such as …
Jazz Pharmaceuticals: The Expected Good News on March 31, 2016

Jazz Pharmaceuticals: The Expected Good News on March 31, 2016

Of the Upcoming Game-Changing Actions THE EXPECTED FDA APPROVAL OF JAZZ DRUG DEFIBROTIDE On March 31, the FDA is expected to decide on the approval of Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ (JAZZ) drug defibrotide. The drug is for patients with hepatic veno-occlusive (VOD), also known as sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS), with multi-organ failure (MOF) post-hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT). Optimism about the FDA decision is prevailing among analysts and observers as the results of the …
Illumina: A Great Transformation and Transition

Illumina: A Great Transformation and Transition

As we kept describing it, Illumina’s (ILMN) is the engine behind the biological revolution reflected in the current existence of treatments, which aim at targets that were unknown before this firm enabled discovering them. Illumina’s establishing and launching the independent company, Grail, will speed the successful outcome of the war against cancer. It will contribute to advancing the diagnosis of cancer through a tremendous increase in the sensitivity …
Immune Design: Encouraging News About Treating Allergic Diseases

Immune Design: Encouraging News About Treating Allergic Diseases

Preparing a Prohost Letter dedicated to immunotherapy and the firms that are behind the promising novel approaches towards enabling the immune system to treat, or cure diseases if possible, we fell on other genius approaches. In recent Prohost Letters, we discussed the CAR T immunotherapy approach for the management of advanced, or metastatic cancers and in the upcoming Issue, which was due two days ago, …
Baxalta Revolutionizes Its Pipeline with Immunotherapy Products

Baxalta Revolutionizes Its Pipeline with Immunotherapy Products

Baxalta (BXLT) and Precision BioSciences a genome editing company announced a global collaboration to develop a broad series of allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies directed towards areas of major unmet need in multiple cancers. CAR T elegant genetically engineered approach that enables the T cells to pinpoint and neutralize cancer cells was created to succeed and Baxalta’s decision to enter this immunotherapy program demonstrates how …
Breakthrough Drugs of the Week

Breakthrough Drugs of the Week

Recent Breakthrough Designated Products CANCER Acute Myeloid Leukemia PKC412 (midostaurin) developed by Novartis AG (NVS) is an oral, multi-targeted kinase inhibitor for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with FLT3 mutations. It is also being studied for aggressive systemic mastocytosis/mast cell leukemia. FMS-like tyrosine kinase-3 (FLT3) is a cell-surface receptor for tyrosine kinase, which has a role in the upsurge of certain blood cell types. The drug has positive data …
Osteoporosis: Romosozumab from Amgen Succeeds in Preventing Bone Fracture

Osteoporosis: Romosozumab from Amgen Succeeds in Preventing Bone Fracture

AMGEN AND OSTEOPOROSIS Amgen And UCB Announce Positive Top-Line Results From The Phase 3 Study of Romosozumab In Postmenopausal Women With Osteoporosis The FRAME Study Met All Primary Endpoints by Reducing the Incidence of New Vertebral Fracture Through 12 and 24 Months Amgen (AMGN)and UCB (Euronext Brussels: UCB): Top-line results from the Phase 3 placebo-controlled FRActure study in postmenopausal woMen with ostEoporosis (FRAME). The results  showed …
About the News from Incyte and Vertex

About the News from Incyte and Vertex

Incyte: A Good Company Facing Irrelevant Investors’ Reaction  Incyte decided to stop an early ongoing trial of a combination treatment ruxolitinib (Incyte) plus regorafenib (Bayer) for colon cancer after observing the combination wasn’t working. Both drugs are approved for different indications and both are doing well in the market. At this moment in the market chaos, this news looked as if a terrible thing that must cause an unwarranted …
Halozyme: Reading the News While Keeping Our Focus on the Promises

Halozyme: Reading the News While Keeping Our Focus on the Promises

Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO) seems to have closed the previously announced $150 million royalty-backed debt transaction with investment funds managed by Pharmakon Advisors and Athyrium Capital Management.  The debt is said to be secured by future royalties of ENHANZE™ products, received from Halozyme's collaborations Roche and Baxalta only. Halo declared delight with the conclusion of this deal as it is a non-dilutive financing and because it finds …
Theravance Biopharma: Launching Vibativ in Canada for MRSA

Theravance Biopharma: Launching Vibativ in Canada for MRSA

Theravance Biopharma (TBPH) announced the commercial launch of VIBATIV® (telavancin) in Canada. VIBATIV is a once-daily antibiotic with a dual mechanism of action against Gram-positive bacteria, including difficult-to-treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The drug is approved in Canada for adult patients with hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (VAP) known or suspected to be caused by susceptible isolates of Staphylococcus aureus including methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) and MRSA. VIBATIV is …
Revolutionary Approaches Towards Managing Chronic and Deadly Diseases

Revolutionary Approaches Towards Managing Chronic and Deadly Diseases

The Market is Surely Ignoring the Historical Summit Biotech achievements are standing on Right Now     The latest biotech sector’s breakthroughs we presented was the novel powerful gene editing techniques CRISPR/cas9 and TALEN. Our article in the Prohost Letter #390 meant to enable the reader to understand that the evolution in biological sciences, especially in sequencing and analyzing the genome of the sick and healthy cells, has reached a stage …
OIL: A Blessing or a Curse? It Depends on What Some Want it to Be

OIL: A Blessing or a Curse? It Depends on What Some Want it to Be

Escaping the slaughter, or taking advantage of it, or  accumulating the stocks we love, or turning from positive to negative investors are all choices on the table. The problem is that the prophets stop prophesizing at times when prophesies are badly needed. The prophets themselves are asking questions, rather than providing answers. The experts and officials who know better and were just claiming that the …
Of the Biotech Sector Selloff. Spark Presents its Current and Future Programs

Of the Biotech Sector Selloff. Spark Presents its Current and Future Programs

Of the Biotech Sector’s Selloff Testing the lows in biotech firms’ stock prices is nothing but testing the biotech investors’ degree of vulnerability to fear. Fear leads many biotech investors to hysterically sell their stocks just by hearing negative stories about the sector. The stock selloff continues even when the frightening fabricated stories happen not to make sense that convince mature people to believe them. …
Steps Forward in the Management of Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases

Steps Forward in the Management of Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases

Improving the management of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases has been a dream that seems to be happening slowly but surely in the past years. The improvement has gained energy and speed in 2015. The advancement in treatments has been demonstrated on several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn’s disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and many other autoimmune diseases. Psoriasis   …
Exelixis Has Good News

Exelixis Has Good News

Exelixis Announces Positive Results from Subgroup Analyses of the METEOR Phase 3 Pivotal Trial of Cabozantinib in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma - The results will be Presented at ASCO 2016 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium this month. - Data further highlight clinical benefit of cabozantinib across subgroups of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma   - METEOR data are the foundation for the U.S. NDA filing submitted …
How Far Can the Market Go in Ignoring Gilead?

How Far Can the Market Go in Ignoring Gilead?

On Oct. 28, 2015, Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for an investigational, once-daily fixed-dose combination of the approved nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir (Sovaldi®) abbreviated as (SOF) and the investigational pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor velpatasvir, abbreviated as (VEL) for the treatment of chronic genotype 1-6 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The NDA was supported by …