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Tiziana Life Sciences (TLSA) Reports Positive Phase 2a Clinical Data Exhibiting Positive Clinical Activity with Milciclib Monotherapy in Advanced Sorafenib-refractory or -intolerant Patients with Unresectable or Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Tiziana Life Sciences plc (TLSA), a biotechnology company focusing on the discovery and development of innovative therapeutics for inflammation and oncology indications, today announced additional positive Phase 2a clinical data exhibiting impressive clinical activity of Milciclib monotherapy in patients with advanced Sorafenib-resistant or -intolerant patients with unresectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

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This Phase 2a multi-center, single-arm, repeated-dose (100 mg once daily; 4 days on/3 days off for 4 weeks; defining each cycle) and 6-month duration study was conducted to evaluate the safety, tolerability and anti-tumor activity of Milciclib in Sorafenib-resistant patients with unresectable or metastatic advanced HCC. The trial enrolled 31 patients in Italy, Greece and Israel, of which 28 patients were evaluable. While the primary endpoint of this study was overall safety, secondary endpoints were also evaluated.

As previously announced on 22 July 2019, the clinical data from the Phase 2a trial indicated that Milciclib was well tolerated with manageable toxicities and no recorded drug related deaths, thereby meeting the trial’s primary endpoint. The Company now announces all the major highlights of the clinical data from the trial, which also indicate positive clinical activity relating to the secondary endpoints including progression-free survival (“PFS”) and time to progression (“TTP”).

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CLINICAL DATA

As per the study protocol, data collection was limited to 6-months. Thus, clinical data were not collected from patients under compassionate use treatment. The clinical activity assessment in evaluable patients was based on the investigators’ review using the modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (mRECIST).

  • 14 out of 28 (50%) evaluable patients completed 6-month duration of the trial.
  • 9 out of 14 patients (64.2%) were approved by their respective ethical committees to continue the treatment.
  • 5 of the 9 patients on compassionate use had received Milciclib for a total of 9, 9, 11, 13 and 16 months.
  • As of 1 September 2019, the remaining 4 patients continuing the treatment are in their 10th, 11th, 11th and 12th months.
  • Both median TTP and PFS were 5.9 months (95% Confidence Interval (“CI”) 1.5-6.7 months) out of the 6-months duration of the trial.
  • 17 of 28 (60.7%) evaluable patients showed ‘Stable Disease’ (SD; met at least once in an 8-week interval).
  • One patient (3.6%) showed ‘Partial Response’ (PR).
  • 18 of 28 (64.3%) evaluable patients showed ‘Clinical Benefit Rate’ defined as CBR=CR+PR+SD (with CR representing Complete Remission).

Sorafenib® (Bayer) was approved, based on the clinical data from the pivotal Phase 3 (SHARP) clinical trial1, as the first line therapy for naive HCC patients. The clinical data from that study showed median TTP of 5.5 months (95% CI 4.1-6.9 months), CBR of 43% and 71% SD by RECIST criteria1. Conversely, the clinical data from a phase 2 trial with Sorafenib in patients with advanced HCC, showed SD (33.6%), TTP of 4.2 months and median OS of 9.2 months2.

Regorafenib was approved, based on the clinical data from the pivotal Phase 3 (RESORCE) clinical trial3, as the second line therapy for sorafenib-resistant HCC patients. In this study, Regorafenib showed median PFS of 3.1 months (95% CI 2.8-4.2 months), median TTP of 3.2 months (95% CI 2.9-4.2 months) and disease control rate (DCR, similar to CBR) of 65% by mRECIST. On the other hand, the clinical data from a Phase 2 study in patients with intermediate and advanced HCC, Regorafenib showed median TTP of 4.3 months (95% CI 2.9-13.1 months), SD (69%) and PR was 3%4.

“The current therapies for HCC are often associated with severe toxicities, resulting in poor patient compliance. Hence, there is an immediate need for efficacious therapies that will not compromise patients’ quality of life. We believe that the overall safety profile of Milciclib is an important competitive advantage over existing therapies currently used for treating HCC” said Gabriele Cerrone, Chairman and founder of Tiziana Life Sciences.

“The positive clinical activity and tolerability data of Milciclib in Sorafenib-resistant and advanced HCC patients are very encouraging and provides affirmation for continued development of Milciclib, either as monotherapy or combination therapy” said Dr. Kunwar Shailubhai, CEO & CSO of Tiziana. “We reported last year at AASLD that Milciclib produced pronounced synergistic anti-HCC activity in combination with any one of the FDA approved tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) class of drugs, including Sorafenib (Nexavar®), Regorafenib (Stivarga®), and Lenvatinib (Lenvima®)5. Thus, we believe that Milciclib in combination with any one of the TKI drugs has good potential to expand the Clinical Benefit Rate in HCC patients.”

Cited References

1. Llovet, J., Ricci, S., Mazzaferro, V., Hilgard, P., Gane, E., Blanc, J-F., de Oliveira, A., Santoro, A., Raoul, J-L, Forner, A., Schwartz, M., Porta, C., Zeuzem, S., Bolondi, L., Greten, T., Galle, P., Seitz, J-F., Borbatch, I., Haussinger, D., Giannaris, T., Shan, M., Moscovici, M., Voliotiz, D., and J. Bruix. (2008) Sorafenib in Advance Hepatocellular Carcinoma. N Engl. J Med. 359:378.

2. Abou-Alfa, G., Schwartz, L., Ricci., S., Amadori, D., Santoro, A., Figer, A. De Greve, J., Douillard, J-Y., Lathia, C., Schwartz, B., Taylor, I., Moscovici, M. and L. Saltz. (2006). Phase II Study of Sorafenib in Patients with Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma. J. Clin. Oncol. 24:4293.

3. Bruix, J, Qin, S., Merle, P., Granito, A., Huang, Y-H, Bodoky, G., Pracht, M., Yokosuka, O., Rosmorduc, O., Breder, V., Gerolami, R., Masi, G., Ross, P., Song, T., Bronowicki, J-P., Ollivier-Hourmand, I., Kudo, M., Cheng, A-L., Llovet, J.M., Finn, R., LeBerre, M-A., Baumhauer, A., Meinhardt, G. and Han, G. (2017)Regorafenib for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who progressed on sorafenib treatment (RESORCE): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial. Lancet 389: 56.

4. Bruix, J., Tak, W-Y., Gasbarrini, A., Santoro, A., Colombo, M., Lim, H-Y., Mazzaferro, V., Wiest, R., Reig, M., Wagner, A., and Bolondi, L.(2013) Regorafenib as Second-Line Therapy for Intermediate or Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Multicentre, Open-Label Phase II Safety Study. Eur.J. Cancer 49:3412.

5. Jindal, A., Palejwala, V. and Shailubhai, K. (2018). Oral treatment with milciclib either alone or in combination with sorafenib inhibited tumor growth in an orthotopic model of hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatology 68 Number 1 (Suppl): 879A (Abstract 1543)

The person who arranged for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company was Dr Kunwar Shailubhai, CEO & CSO of Tiziana.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but rather are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates, and projections about its industry; its beliefs; and assumptions. Words such as ‘anticipates,’ ‘expects,’ ‘intends,’ ‘plans,’ ‘believes,’ ‘seeks,’ ‘estimates,’ and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, are difficult to predict, and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. The Company cautions security holders and prospective security holders not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the view of the Company only as of the date of this announcement. The forward-looking statements made in this announcement relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. The Company will not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions or updates to these forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances, or unanticipated events occurring after the date of this announcement except as required by law or by any appropriate regulatory authority.

About HCC

HCC is the fifth most common cancer and the third highest cause of cancer mortality worldwide. The primary risk factor for HCC is hepatic cirrhosis. Between 2003 to 2012, rates of new liver cancer cases went up 38% according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most HCC patients present with advanced disease and do not benefit from transplantation, surgical resection, or locoregional therapies. Sorafenib (standard of care) and Lenvatinib are approved in the United States and EU as first line-treatment for advanced HCC patients.

Regorafenib (Stivarga®) and Nivolumab (Opdivo®) are both approved by the FDA for second line treatment of advanced HCC. The complex multi-factorial etiology of HCC warrants a need for systemic therapies that target different signaling cascades to provide improved efficacy and safety for both naive patients presenting with unresectable, advanced stage and those who suffer recurrence after curative treatments (resection, ablation and transplantation).

About Milciclib

Milciclib (PHA-848125AC) is a small molecule inhibitor of several cyclin dependent kinases such as CDK1, CDK2, CDK4, CDK5 and CDK7. CDKs are serine threonine kinases that play crucial roles in progression of the cell cycle from G1 to S phase. Overexpression of CDKs and other downstream signaling pathways that regulate cell cycles have been frequently associated with development of resistance towards chemotherapies. In a Phase 1 study, oral treatment with Milciclib was well-tolerated and the drug showed promising clinical responses in patients with advanced solid malignancies such as in NSCLC, pancreatic and colon cancer, thymic carcinoma and thymoma. Additionally, milciclib met its primary endpoint in two separate Phase 2 multi-center clinical trials (CDKO-125A-006: 72 patients and CDKO-125A-007: 30 patients) in thymic carcinoma and thymoma patients.

About Tiziana Life Sciences

Tiziana Life Sciences plc is a biotechnology company that focuses on the discovery and development of novel molecules to treat human disease in oncology and immunology. In addition to Milciclib, the Company is also developing Foralumab for liver diseases. Foralumab is the only fully human anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody in clinical development in the world. This Phase 2 compound has potential application in a wide range of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), primary biliary cholangitis (PBS), ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes (T1D), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, where modulation of a T-cell response is desirable.

View source version on businesswire.com: https:// www.businesswire. com /news/home/20190904005447/en/Contact:Tiziana Life Sciences plc 
Gabriele Cerrone, Chairman and founder 
+44 (0)20 7495 2379 

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nominated adviser) 
Liam Murray / Jo Turner 
+44 (0)20 7213 0883 

Shore Capital (Broker) 
Andy Crossley / Antonio Bossi 
+44 (0)20 7601 6125

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3 Small-Cap Biotech Stocks To Watch In Coming Weeks

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Biotech has been one of the hottest sectors for investors for as long as it has existed and the reasons are self-evident. It is a sector that uses cutting edge technology and comes up with treatments for a wide range of diseases.

Moreover, the fact that biotech companies often improve on existing treatments, makes them a far more attractive target for a range of investors. Here is a look at three biotech stocks to watch during the last few weeks of the quarter.

PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)

There has been no lack of attention on biotech penny stocks this year.  At the beginning of August, one small biotech stock broke to highs of over $10 from a starting price below $2 a share after releasing news. PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) focuses on ways to effectively deliver treatments to patients with diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. 

The company’s proprietary cellulose-based live-cell encapsulation technology known as “Cell-in-a-Box®is the platform that the company uses to develop its therapy delivery methods.  For most of the quarter, shares of PMCB stock have traded between $0.033 and $0.04 with volume recently surging.

On September 19, PharmaCyte saw more than 6 million shares trade; well above its daily average. Most of the attention surrounding the company has been on two things. First, its progress with Cell-In-A-Box and the application for Pancreatic cancer has continued to progress. The company brought on Dr. Manuel Hidalgo, has confirmed that he will be Principal Investigator (PI) for PharmaCyte’s planned clinical trial in locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer (LAPC) now that he is at Weill Cornell Medical Center.

What To Watch For

This week PharmaCyte (PMCB) will host a call designed to update all shareholders and the investment community simultaneously of material developments. The call will cover PharmaCyte’s preparations for submission of its Investigational New Drug application (IND) to the U.S. FDA to treat locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer. It will also cover developments related to PharmaCyte’s product pipeline. PharmaCyte has been working on these and will discuss things not yet reported in a press release.

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals (CPRX)

The first one to watch is Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CPRX). It is a small-cap stock engaged in developing medicines for rare diseases. Catalyst managed to get an approval for one of its products from the FDA earlier this year.

Since the approval of the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS treating medicine Firdapse, Catalyst stock went on a massive rally from January to April. The approval of a rival drug halted the rally. Only after a civil suit from Catalyst did the stock stabilize somewhat.

Last week, Catalyst stock received a fresh boost after the company announced that it was going to make a secondary offering. However, the company decided to pull the offering the very next day and that affected the stock price once again.

What To Watch For

Analysts believe that pulling the secondary offering was the right long term decisions and this stock could be heading for another rally soon.

Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals (EYPT)

The biotech stock that could prove to be a major winner in the biotech sector this month is that of Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:EYPT). There are two factors at play. The company revenues are going to rise significantly in the coming years due to the commercial launch of two medicines.

The first one is Yutiq, which is meant for the treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis and the other one is Dexycu, which is meant for postoperative ocular inflammation.

What To Watch For

The company is currently trading at only double that of its future revenue and that is a very attractive multiple. EYPT stock has caught the attention of analysts on Wall Street. Guggenheim has set a 12-month target price of $4, which reflects 116% gains during the period.

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Acadia (ACAD) Stock Price is up 60% This Month; Bullish Signal For Biotechs?

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One sector that has always been a favorite of investors of all varieties is the pharmaceutical sector and all investors like a turnaround story. Over the years, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) had been one of the better-known strugglers in the industry. That was reflected in the stock price as well. But recent developments have breathed new life in the stock, which could be an indicator for the biotech industry at large.

Biotech Stocks To Watch: PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)

There has been no lack of attention on biotech penny stocks this year.  At the beginning of August, one small biotech stock broke to highs of over $10 from a starting price below $2 a share after releasing news. PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) focuses on ways to effectively deliver treatments to patients with diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. 

The company’s proprietary cellulose-based live-cell encapsulation technology known as “Cell-in-a-Box®is the platform that the company uses to develop its therapy delivery methods.  For most of the quarter, shares of PMCB stock have traded between $0.033 and $0.04 with volume recently surging.

On September 12, PharmaCyte saw more than 4 million shares trade; well above its daily average. Most of the attention surrounding the company has been on two things. First, its progress with Cell-In-A-Box and the application for Pancreatic cancer has continued to progress. The company brought on Dr. Manuel Hidalgo, has confirmed that he will be Principal Investigator (PI) for PharmaCyte’s planned clinical trial in locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer (LAPC) now that he is at Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Second, the company has been ramping up for a much-anticipated shareholder update call on September 20. The call will cover PharmaCyte’s preparations for submission of its Investigational New Drug application (IND) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer and developments related to PharmaCyte’s product pipeline on which PharmaCyte has been working and that have not yet been reported in a press release.

Acadia (ACAD) Stock Price: Important Developments

People who had held on to the stock through the barren years got a nice boost recently. This came after Acadia’s well-known medicine Nuplazid recorded better than expected sales. In addition to that, there were encouraging results from a dementia-driven psychosis study. Hence, it is important to figure out whether it is perhaps time to buy the stock.

While the signs are no doubt encouraging, it is important to note that data reveals that around 60,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year. Out of those, a large proportion (50% to 80%) suffers from dementia. Hence it can be argued that the market is simply not too big for Acadia’s Nuplazid.

Moreover, different types of dementia are brought on by Alzheimer’s disease, which is why all of it might not actually fall into Acadia’s lap. That being said, it is also well known that antipsychotic drugs have only been approved for the treatment of Parkinson’s and hence the Alzheimer’s market is already out of the question.

Market Potential

Projections suggest that the sale of Nuplazid could grow to more than $1 billion in 2023 from $224 million in 2018. While that is encouraging, it is also important to note that the growth has been priced into the Acadia stock price.

However, if Acadia’s plans for growth somehow run into any trouble, then there is every chance of the stock price plummeting once again. The company is recovering and there is some time before the patient population for Nuplazid can be expanded sufficiently. In the meantime, investors need to be a bit more patient.

Shares of ACAD are up over 60% over the past week and made a new multi-year high of $43.98.

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Top Biotech Stocks To Watch This Week

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Biotech stocks rarely perform well during the summer months, and 2019 has proven to be no exception in regards to this historical pattern. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF, for example, has fallen by nearly 2% since the official start of summer.

The values of biotech equities, however, do generally start to pick up as the year winds down. The underlying reason is that the latter part of the year is chock-full of key data readouts, regulatory decisions, and thousands of scientific conferences across the globe. 

Biotech Stocks To Watch

GT Biopharma (GTBP)

Earlier this quarter GT Biopharma, Inc. (GTBP) an immuno-oncology company focused on innovative treatments based on the Company’s proprietary NK cell engager announced that Jeffrey Miller, M.D. has been hired by the Company as its Consulting Chief Medical Officer.

Further to this, the company confirmed that it had notified FDA that it was commencing enrollment in its first-in-human GTB-3550 Phase I/II clinical trial. The clinical trial is being conducted at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota under the direction of Dr. Erica Warlick.

GTB-3550 (OXS-3550) is the Company’s first Tri-specific NK cell Engager (TriKE™) product candidate being initially developed for the treatment AML. GTB-3550 is a single-chain, tri-specific scFv recombinant fusion protein conjugate composed of the variable regions of the heavy and light chains of anti-CD16 and anti-CD33 antibodies and a modified form of IL-15.

Since making the announcement, shares of GTBP are up by 13.2%.

NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ:NLNK)

NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ:NLNK) said the FDA has accepted partner Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK)’s BLA for its investigational Ebola vaccine, according to the application priority review status. The PDUFA goal date has been set for March 14, 2020.

Potential approval of the vaccine will trigger issuance of a priority review voucher, owned by Merck and in which NewLink has a substantial economic interest. NewLink can then monetize its share of interest in the voucher. The vaccine candidate, originally developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, was licensed to NewLink.

vTv Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VTVT)

vTv Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VTVT) is scheduled to present at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes 55th annual meeting being held in Barcelona, Spain with a new Phase 1/2 Simplici-T1 study of liver-selective glucokinase activator TTP399 as an adjunctive treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

Biotech IPO To Watch

IGM Biosciences priced its IPO of 10.938 million shares at $16, the midpoint of the estimated price range of $15-$17 per share. The shared of the preclinical and clinical-stage immuno-oncology biotech will be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “IGMS.”

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