AIS – “Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics”

Anatres Pharma (AIS) has been the subject of biotech stock buzz lately, due to two closely spaced news events concerning the company’s proprietary topical gel products. The failure of LibiGel, a testosterone product for female sexual dysfunction, in phase 3 efficacy trials conducted by their partner BioSante Pharma (BPAX), has grabbed the headlines. While that […]

MITI – Initiate Coverage

Micromet: Initiate Coverage Background: Micromet specializes in the development of cancer drugs based on a new class of therapeutics called “bispecific antibodies.” These novel antibodies are capable of recognizing and binding two different antigens and have been termed “bispecific T-cell engagers” or BiTE antibodies. Bispecific antibodies are part of a new generation of more advanced […]

AVEO – Initiating Coverage

Overview AVEO Pharmaceuticals(NASDAQ: AVEO) is a clinical stage cancer therapeutics company with 2 main compounds in development. AVEO’s lead candidate, Tivozanib(AV-951), is designed to block the VEGF pathway by inhibiting all three VEGF receptors(1,2,3). Tivozanib is currently being tested in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial called TIVO-1, which is comparing Tivozanib to Onyx’s sorafenib […]

YMI – ASH 2011 Update

YM Bioscience stock surged in after hours trading following their presentation of results from an ongoing multi-center Phase I/II study of the JAK1/2 inhibitor CYT387 for the treatment of Myelofibrosis (MF) at ASH Monday afternoon. Shares jumped to as high as $2.04 in after-hours trading before settling to $1.69 Tuesday. It has since fallen to […]

BPAX – Picking up the pieces

After much anticipation, BioSante Pharma $BPAX released top-line data for the two pivotal phase 3 efficacy data for LibiGel, a testosterone gel for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) on December 14, 2011. Quite simply, the results were disastrous. LibiGel failed to show a significant improvement in the number of satisfying sexual events (SSEs) or sexual […]

INCY – ASH Update: Incyte’s JAK1/2 Inhibitor

ASH Update: Incyte’s JAK1/2 Inhibitor By Patrick Crutcher and Jason Chew On Saturday December 10, we took to the floors of the San Diego Convention Center for the opening rounds of ASH presentations. Today’s focus was mainly on the poster sessions with presenters manning their stations beginning at 5pm. The item we were most interested […]

SPPI – Generic Fusilev fears cause sell-off

Spectrum Pharma $SPPI shares were lower by as much as 10% on Friday 12/9/2011 based on concerns over potential generic competition for their cancer drug Fusilev (levoleucovorin). A flurry of media interviews by management and a press release defending Fusilev’s patent protection helped the stock recover part of its losses by the market close. Fusilev, […]

ACHN – Initiating Coverage

Achillion: Initiating Coverage Background: Achillion is a small biotech focused on the development of a cure for Hepatitis C. It has several compounds in its pipeline, all unpartnered. The two leading products are next-generation protease inhibitors, ACH-1625 and ACH-2684, followed up by a duo of NS5A inhibitors, ACH-2928 and ACH-3102. There has been considerable M&A […]

ARQL – Initiating Coverage

ArQule Inc.(NASDAQ: ARQL) is a mid-stage small molecule drug company that specializes in the development of tyrosine kinase inhibitors(TKIs). Their in-house drug development program, ArQule Kinase Inhibitor Platform (AKIP™), produced their lead product candidate, ARQ197, a selective small molecule inhibitor of the c-MET receptor tyrosine kinase. With Tivantinib entering Phase 3 trials in non-small cell […]

Clinical data expected by end of 2011

This post is meant to highlight some of the key data that is expected by year’s end 2011. We have highlighted some of those catalysts which should have a significant impact on price. We have some forthcoming coverage on ONXX, CELG, and ACHN. Data expected at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematologists, […]

INCY – Stock Running Ahead Of ASH

Incyte Corp: Stock Running Ahead Of ASH Despite today’s slight pull-back, Incyte stock is finally making a comeback. It appears the company’s discussions at the November 29th Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference have given investors renewed confidence that newly approved Jakafi will indeed have significant sales potential. Patricia S. Andrews, head of commercial operations did most […]

MNTA – Quick update on Momenta

Yesterday, we saw Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MNTA) gain 12% on above average volume following some subtle court news that was not picked up by any news providers. Following Momenta’s win in court on October 28th for a preliminary injunction against Amphastar Pharmaceuticals and Watson Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: WPI) over their generic Lovenox, Amphastar filed an emergency […]

ASH Stock Preview

2011 ASH Stock Preview It’s the end of the year, which can mean only one thing- the American Society of Hematology Convention is coming up! ASH is the year’s largest meeting for researchers and investors interested in hematology, or blood cancers. This year’s convention will be held from December 9th through 12th in sunny San […]