Category: Trick or Trade

A New COVID-19 Vaccine is Showing Successful Results. See Also: More Details About the Effective COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates Pfizer’s (PFE)/BioNTech’s (BNTX) and Moderna’s (MRNA) COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated safety at around 95% efficacy.   AstraZeneca (AZN) and Oxford University announced today that their COVID-19 vaccine was 90% effective in preventing infections. The efficacy average, however, was 70%, leading the stock to travel south rather than north.     Regardless of the efficacy differences AstraZeneca stated that it would immediately prepare …

SARS-CoV-2 Virus vs The President of the United States

President Trump, the First Lady and COVID-19 Indeed, the complicated, nasty SARS-CoV-2 virus managed to infect President Trump and the First Lady when we were expecting a vaccine to soon be ready to protect the country and the world from COVID-19. The president’s physicians did not treat the him with any of the investigational vaccines in late-phase trials; vaccines being developed by: Moderna (MRNA), Novavax (NVAX) and …

Sorrento Therapeutics Releases Preclinical Data from STI-1499 and STI-2020 Demonstrating Potent Neutralizing Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2

Sorrento Therapeutics Preclinical Data of Neutralizing Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 In preclinical studies, both STI-1499 and STI-2020 demonstrated potent neutralizing activity against SARS-CoV-2 virus isolates, including the emerging Spike D614G variant virus. Both STI-1499 and STI-2020 demonstrated protective activities against SARS-CoV-2 infection in Syrian golden hamsters. At day 5, STI-2020 at 500 µg reduced virus load in hamster lungs to undetectable levels in 100% of animals …

Agenus: Could It Be a Resurrection? See Also: Prohost Performing Stocks

Agenus Announced Data from Phase 2 Trials of Balstilimab Agenus (AGEN) immuno-oncology company announced that data from two Phase 2 trials of balstilimab alone and in combination with zalifrelimab will be orally presented in at the upcoming European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Conference on September 18, 2020.  The data will be presented by Dr. David O’Malley, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and …

What’s Going on with Gene Therapy?

Recent Gene Therapy News On August 20, 2020 Audentes Therapeutics, which was taken over by Astellas (ALPMY) for over $3 billion, announced that a third patient has passed away in a clinical trial evaluating its gene therapy product AT132 for the treatment of the life-threatening neuromuscular X-linked Myotubular Myopathy (XLMTM). The neuromuscular disease is characterized by extreme muscle weakness, respiratory failure and early death. Preliminary …

The FDA’s Complete Response Letters, Creating Investment Opportunities?

Yesterday, under Today’s Highlights, we posted that the U.S. FDA issued a Complete Response Letter (CRL) to Gilead Sciences (GILD) with regard to the New Drug Application (NDA) for filgotinib – the investigational treatment for moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in collaboration with Galapagos (GLPG). The FDA requested data from the ongoing MANTA and MANTA-RAy studies before completing its review of the NDA. …

An Important Announcement from Sorrento Therapeutics

Sorrento Therapeutics Announcement Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) announced that it believes it has uncovered fraudulent attempts to manipulate the Company’s stock.  In a press release from August 12, 2020 Sorrento informed that, on August 11, 2020 it was reported that an organization calling itself “Hindenburg Research” published claims regarding one of Sorrento’s COVID-19 diagnostic products. The report is believed to include false and/or misleading statements for …

Monopar Therapeutics: A Plan for a Test that Predicts COVID-19 Patients Who Might Likely Develop Severe Respiratory Failure

A Predictive COVID-19 Test? COVID-19 infected people are not all affected to the same degree with regards to the severity of the disease complications. There is no doubt that a test that can predict which patients will be severely affected and which will not might save a lot of lives, money and unnecessary time spent in crowded hospitals.    Monopar Therapeutics in the NEWS  Monopar …

Alterity Therapeutics: Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases?

When a small firm’s stock price soars, and more than doubles, curiosity pushes us to investigate.    Alterity Therapeutics Yesterday the stock soared for a firm called Alterity Therapeutics (ATHE) closing at $3.43 UP $2.08. We found that this firm’s market cap is $3.72 billion which boosted our curiosity to learn more about the nature of the news that rallied the stock and the firm’s business.       …

Edesa Biotech Stock Price Soared. Will It Continue to Rise?

Edesa Biotech Filed an IND for EB05 Edesa Biotech (EDSA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has filed an investigational new drug (IND) application with the U.S. FDA for the initiation of a Phase 2/3 clinical study of its investigational drug EB05. Edesa has recently received expedited approval to begin the Phase 2/3 study in Canada and is seeking government grants to accelerate site selection and initiate …
Could Arbutus Biopharma’s Patent Harm Moderna?

Could Arbutus Biopharma’s Patent Harm Moderna?

Arbutus Biopharma and Moderna’s Patent Challenge Arbutus Biopharma (ABUS) is a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing a cure for patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B infection. The stock has been in the Aggressive Table of the Prohost Portfolio for a while and has recently rallied, doubling and tripling; it continues to soar. Why? Because Moderna (MRNA) has lost in its attempt to …

There Is A Lot More To Say About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Pfizer and BioNTech Vaccines Were Granted FDA Fast Track Designation Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) A large Phase 2b/3 safety and efficacy study may begin as early as July 2020 Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) announced that two of the companies’ four investigational vaccine candidates from their BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine program (BNT162b1 and BNT162b2) being developed against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food …

The Time Has Come for This Small Biotech Firm to Grow and Thrive

CytomX Therapeutics CytomX (CTMX) is a clinical-stage oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of investigational antibody therapeutics based on the firm’s Probody® technology platform for cancer treatments. CytomX’s Probody therapeutics remain inactive until they are activated by proteases in the tumor microenvironment.   Why This is Important By remaining inactive until activated by the cancers’ microenvironment’s proteases, the Probody therapeutics minimizes the active drug’s toxicity …
An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 4

An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 4

A Comprehensive Essay  Part 4 Our fair evaluation approaches of biotechnology and biopharma companies differ depending on the sizes and statuses of the firms. We reiterate our conviction that causing a selloff of development stage biotech stocks at every announcement of quarterly financial results because of lack of income is irrelevant and unfair to the firms and their stockholders. It does not make sense that …
Why Moderna Therapeutics’ Stock Is Down Today

Why Moderna Therapeutics’ Stock Is Down Today

Moderna Therapeutics’ Stock Price Soared, Then Gave Back Its Gains in Two Consecutive Days To begin with, most, if not all, development-stage firms are yo-yo games played by day traders and investors whose strategies are buying low and selling high. These people also buy and sell on encouraging news and bad news; if their eyes happen to fall on any fundamental news.   One of …
An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 3

An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 3

A Comprehensive Essay Part 3 In parts 1 and 2 of this comprehensive essay Vertex (VRTX) was the firm we used as a case in point to demonstrate successful criteria and strategies towards evaluating biotech firms. As a matter of fact, we use the histories of real firms in this essay for the sake of demonstrating the above without considering the Companies’ technologies or approved …
An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 2

An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 2

A Comprehensive Essay Part 2 In Part 1 of our comprehensive essay series Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) was the first firm we used to make a case in point to demonstrate successful criteria and strategies towards evaluating biotech firms. In Part 2, Vertex remains our case in point. In Part 1 we acknowledged that we picked VRTX on March 18, 2011 at $44.39. The question is: …
An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 1

An Evaluation of Biotech Firms Part 1

A Comprehensive Essay Part 1 Yes, we have stories to tell about some of our picked stocks which proved to be highly successful after being condemned by erroneous evaluations from unfair analysts. Some of these firms faced problems that are not unusual for drug designing and developing firms. While trying to overcome their obstacles, the firms in question were faced with unfortunate debilitating attacks by …