PCYC – Update on Pharmacyclics

With the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) rapidly approaching, Pharmacyclics will be providing several updates there that the Street will be watching closely. Their lead drug is a Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (Btk) inhibitor for hematological disorders, Ibrutinib(PCI-32765), which is in multiple Phase II trials. PCI-32765 is the company’s major […]

SGEN – Update on Seattle Genetics

A series of recent moves by Seattle Genetics is positioning the company to capitalize on its current success to build for future growth. As previously mentioned in our last report, Seattle Genetics is on track to start three Phase III studies for Adcetris in the front line setting this year: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (HL), Mature T-cell […]

ARQL – Update on Arqule

We wanted to take some time to review some of Arqule’s (NASDAQ: ARQL) plans going forward in 2012. Management seems more confident than ever in Tivantinib(ARQ197) following their successful Phase 2 in 2nd-line hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC, liver cancer). This success helped convince investors to participate in their recent 7.1M share offering that brought in around $48.7 […]

IDIX – Interview With CEO Ron Renaud

Idenix CEO Ron Renaud Q&A  April 11, 2012 Idenix has been the subject of considerable attention with EASL (The European Association for the Study of the Liver) approaching and embargoed abstracts flying around the web. The company’s shares have been battered, dropping nearly 50% from January highs as questions have arisen over the potency of […]

IDIX – Quick chat w/ IDIX CEO Ron Renaud

I had a brief conversation w/ Idenix CEO Ron Renaud this afternoon. Not surprisingly, he was caught up in the deluge of EASL abstracts that were released today. Of particular concern for Idenix was one from Roche involving a trial of their nuc mericitabine and protease inhibitor danoprevir in combination with ribavirin. The trial was […]

IDIX – Is IDX-184 Good Enough?

Idenix may have a new lease on life now that the FDA has lifted all holds on its lead nucleotide IDX184. The company is very keen to put its nuc in combination with a pan-genotypic compound, either a protease inhibitor or NS5a inhibitor. To ensure it doesn’t run into the same toxicity problems it had […]

VVUS, OREX, ARNA – Understanding the Advisory Committee

Playing VVUS, OREX, ARNA through FDA Adcomm and Qnexa PDUFA Over the past several months, these three companies, with their respective late-stage anti-obesity drug candidates, have experienced a considerable increase in volatility and share price, due in part to new regulatory revelations regarding clinical pathways to regulatory approval. We believe there will continued volatility leading […]