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Where Is The Cancer Industry Headed?

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I find it painfully ironic that the more fatal a disease is to the human body, the higher the valuation of the industry responsible for manufacturing and testing treatments to prevent said disease. According to recent statistics released by the American Cancer Society, in 2018, there will be “approximately 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed and 12,070 ovarian cancer deaths in the US,” despite the disease only accounting for 2.5% of all female cancer cases.

Over time, cancer mortality has become the, in most high-income countries, one of the leading causes of death. Several years ago, the global market for cancer treatments hit $100 billion in annual sales, and at the time, analysts were projecting the industry to hit $150 billion by 2018, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Some have gone as far as to call the cancer industry the most prosperous business in the United States. It is interesting that after decades of cancer research, and billions upon billions of dollars spent on developing new methods of treatment, there are only three FDA-approved treatments for cancer; surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. 

One medical expert, Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried, Ph.D. posits that “no real progress has been made in the management of advanced or metazoic cancer for more than 40 years” because companies and corporations invested in the cancer industry will cease to have a revenue source if the disease is cured. If a cure for cancer were released, and millions of people received treatment, companies who manufacture devices and technologies used for chemotherapy and other conventional cancer treatments would be in trouble. 

In recent news regarding the matter, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the British pharmaceutical giant announced that the company had reached an agreement to purchase Tesaro (TSRO), a US-based cancer treatment company for $75 per share, or roughly $5.1 billion, according to CNBC. Tesaro (TSRO), based out of Waltham, Massachusetts, is a best known for Zejula, an FDA-approved treatment option for ovarian cancer, which is currently used in both the US and Europe for the treatment of adult patients with ovarian cancer, according to MarketWatch. 

“The acquisition of Tesaro will strengthen our pharmaceuticals business by accelerating the build of our oncology pipeline and commercial footprint, along with providing access to new scientific capabilities.”

Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline

 Analysts in the biopharmaceutical space have lauded the Tesaro (TSRO) buyout, given that the company’s most purchased drug, Zejula, is not doing as well as investors would have hoped. In fact, after researching several issues endured by Tesaro  (TSRO) over the course of the last fiscal year, I question GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) judgment in securing this acquisition. For starters, Tesaro (TSRO) isn’t the only company producing treatments that inhibit PARP proteins that can repair damaged cancer cells. Other big name brands like AstraZeneca’s Lynparza have demonstrated success as a PARP-inhibitor as well, resulting in a hyper-competitive market solely based on price per unit, not the quality of the product. 

The name of the game in the cancer treatment industry is immuno-oncology or I-O. I-O is a new realm of cancer research where leading experts and medical professionals are looking to create treatment options that help the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Think of your immune system as the main line of defense when you contract a disease. After first finding a foreign substance (germs, viruses, cancer cells) the immune system responds by trying to destroy the foreign cells. More and more companies are investing in this new industry that is projected to cross $100 billion by 2022. 

Tesaro’s (TSRO) CEO Lonnie Moulder, shared her thoughts on how she believes the GSK (GSK) deal will help further treatment options for individuals suffering from cancer:

“This transaction marks the beginning of a new global partnership that will accelerate our oncology business and allow our mission of delivering transformative products to individuals living with cancer to endure. Our board and Management team are very please to announce this transaction, and we are grateful to the management team at GSK for their tremendous vision and the opportunity to preserve and build upon the impact we have had in the cancer community to date”

Lonnie Moulder, Chief Executive Officer, Tesaro 

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Active Biotech Stocks To Watch As Markets Flirt With New Highs

A. Lawrence

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Biotech stocks is often regarded as safe due to the simple fact that it is a sector that has grown across the board for quite some time. However, in addition, the biotech sector has the potential to generate handsome gains if an investor ends up choosing the right stock.

Investors need to watch the market closely and be aware of the latest news from the sector in order to make the best choices. Here is a look at 3 biotech stocks that turned heads in the biotech sector this week.

PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)

PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) is in the prep phase of clinical trials and readying to complete its Investigational New Drug Application for the FDA.  Whether you’re new to biotech stocks or a seasoned vet, you should understand how important milestones like this are for a company.

David A. Judd, a cellular biologist and a member of PharmaCyte’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, was recently interviewed. Right now, PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) is putting together the necessary material for its planned clinical trial for inoperable pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer today. Though there has been a targeted focus on Pancreatic cancer with PharmaCyte, its diabetes application may also have promise according to Judd.

“I think diabetes is where this type of technology really lends itself to the application. The key is to develop the right type of cell line to treat Type 1 and insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetes. There are several cell lines being explored by PharmaCyte simultaneously to do this. Selecting the right cell line to become our leading product candidate to treat diabetic patients in need of insulin is key to the success of PharmaCyte’s Diabetes Program.”

As one report puts it, “Clinical trials are essential for the development of new treatments, and PharmaCyte will enter this upcoming trial with two essential goals in mind—the future of its pancreatic cancer treatment and the future of its technology.”

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VIVUS (VVUS)

The first biotech stock to consider here is that of VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS), which has rallied on Wednesday on the back of a major announcement from the company. The stock rallied by 3% this morning in premarket trade after the results were announced from the Phase 1 clinical trial of its product Qsymia. The medicine in question is a capsule and is meant for people who suffer from binge eating disorder.

It should be noted that medicine is currently approved in the United States when used by people in order to reduce calories in their diets. It is a major development for VIVUS and it is no surprise that the stock rallied today.

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals (DFFN)

The other biotech stock that is worth including in the watch list is that of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DFFN), which made solid gains yesterday on the back of the announcement of positive preliminary data from the Phase 3 clinical trial of Trans Sodium Crocetinate (TSC). The medicine is meant for treating inoperable glioblastoma and in the results, it has been revealed that patients recorded a median survival duration of as long as 14.3 months.

Historically, the standard survival duration is only 9.2 months. The results triggered a rally in the stock and the Diffusion stock soared by as much as 67.60%.

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Disclaimer: Pursuant to an agreement between MIDAM VENTURES, LLC and Complete Investment And Management LLC, a Non-affiliate Third Party, Midam was hired for a period from 07/09/2019 – 8/09/2019 to publicly disseminate information about PharmaCyte Biotech including on the Website and other media including Facebook and Twitter. We were paid $150,000 (CASH) for & were paid “0” shares of restricted common shares. We were paid an additional $150,000 (CASH) BY Complete Investment And Management LLC, a Non-affiliate Third Party, AND HAVE EXTENDED coverage for a period from 8/12/2019 – 10/15/2019. We were paid an additional $150,000 (CASH) BY Complete Investment And Management LLC, a Non-affiliate Third Party, AND HAVE EXTENDED coverage for a period from 10/16/2019 – 11/15/2019.We may buy or sell additional shares of PharmaCyte Biotech in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, provide public dissemination of favorable Information. Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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Biotech Names To Know In November 2019

A. Lawrence

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Biotech Stocks Have rallied since The End Of September; What’s Next?

Over the years, the biotech sector has become one of the fastest-growing sectors in the stock market and naturally, investors are keen to get hold of stocks that could follow a similar growth trajectory. However, just because a sector is growing does not mean that an investor can bet on any stock and hope to make decent returns.

In order to choose the right stock, he needs to do a lot of personal research and watch the market closely. Here is a look at three biotech stocks that investors should track closely owing to recent developments.

Sernova Corp’s (TSX:SVA) (OTC:SEOVF)

Sernova’s therapeutic approach to regenerative medicine focuses on providing direct cell therapies where the cells, transplanted within an organ-like vascularized implantable device, generates proteins, hormones or factors released into the bloodstream for treatment of diseases requiring replacement of these molecules in the body.

The company’s Cell Pouch is a novel, proprietary, scalable, implantable macro-encapsulation device designed for the long- term survival and function of therapeutic cells. At the end of October Sernova Corp. (SVA) (SEOVF) detected enduring levels of C-peptide in the bloodstream of a fasting patient in its continuing phase I/II Cell Pouch United States clinical study of type-1 diabetes. This C-peptide is a biomarker of transplanted beta-cell insulin production,

Why is this important? According to Dr. Piotr Witkowski, Director of Pancreatic, and Islet Transplant Program at the University of Chicago, “Along with the preliminary safety and early indicators of efficacy, I am excited that we are observing C-peptide levels in the patient’s bloodstream after recent transplant, not only following stimulation with a meal but also when the patient is fasting. These findings represent progress in clinical outcomes and evidence of enduring islet survival and function within Sernova’s Cell Pouch.”

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Genprex (GNPX)

The first one to put in the watch list is that of Genprex Inc (NASDAQ:GNPX). On Tuesday, the company revealed preclinical data from its study of its product TUSC2 immunogene therapy. The product in question is meant for raising the effectiveness of chemotherapy and anti-PD1 in people suffering from metastatic lung cancers.

The data proved to be positive and that has naturally resulted in a rally in the stock. It is a significant development for Genprex and could potentially help the company in cornering an important portion of the gene therapy market. Hence, it is hardly a surprise that the stock has rallied by as much as 60% after hitting a session’s high of $1.09.

 Can Fite Biopharma (CANF)

The other biotech stock that has made a strong move is the Can Fite Biopharma (NYSE:CANF) stock. The biotech company announced this morning that one of its products, which is meant for the treatment of liver diseases and cancer, has been granted a patent as a sexual dysfunction medicine.

The patents have been granted by the relevant authorities in Canada, Israel, and South Korea. In addition to that, the company has also been awarded patents in Japan, China, United States, Australia, and Hong Kong. It is a highly important development for Can-Fite and it was no surprise when the stock rallied this morning. It has rallied by 3% on Tuesday on the back of the news.

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Disclaimer: Pursuant to an agreement between Midam Ventures LLC and Sernova (TSX:SVA) (OTC:SEOVF), Midam has been paid $350,000 for a period from September 23, 2019 to September 22, 2020. We may buy or sell additional shares of Sernova (TSX:SVA) (OTC:SEOVF) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, to provide public dissemination of favorable Information about Sernova (TSX:SVA) (OTC:SEOVF). Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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The Biotech Index Just Hit New Highs; Stocks To Watch

Joe Samuel

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The Biotech ETF – IBB – Just Made New November Highs, What’s Next?

Investment experts and professional money managers almost always tell people to invest across a range of experts. This is usually in order to generate bigger returns in the long term. One of the sectors that is almost always favored by professionals is the biotech sector and the simple reason behind that is the fact that the sector has managed to grow at an impressive pace.

However, in order to pick stocks, an individual would need to conduct his own research with regard to different companies. Here is a look at three biotech stocks that should be tracked closely due to recent events.

PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)

PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (PharmaCyte) is a biotechnology company developing cellular therapies for cancer and diabetes based upon a proprietary cellulose-based live cell encapsulation technology known as “Cell-in-a-Box®.” This technology will be used as a platform upon which therapies for several types of cancer and diabetes are being developed.

What Happened This Week?

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This week was important for the company as it hit a milestone never met. The company announced that its partner, Austrianova Singapore, has successfully completed the second and final GMP manufacturing run to produce PharmaCyte’s clinical trial product. The product is now ready for “release testing.”

The data from the “release testing” of both manufacturing runs will be included in an Investigational New Drug application (IND) and submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support PharmaCyte’s planned clinical trial in patients with locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer.

“We have cleared what was a major hurdle for us and have completed our most impactful milestone to date. Successfully completing two manufacturing runs is a milestone that has now been met as we progress toward our submission of an IND to the FDA so we can begin our clinical trial in LAPC.”

PharmaCyte’s Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth L. Waggoner

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals (NBY)

The first biotech stock to consider is that of NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE:NBY). The NovaBay stock has been on a tear this morning owing to an important product announcement from the company. The company issued a press release this morning in which it revealed that its product NovaSight has been launched on Amazon.

The product in question is a mineral supplement and a daily vitamin that is meant for the eyes. After the announcement was made, the stock rose by as much as 26.50% in Monday’s trade and it remains one of the stocks to watch on the market today. The announcement is a significant one and could have far-reaching implications for NovaBay.

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BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX)

Another biotech stock that has been in the middle of a highly impressive rally in recent sessions is that of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCRX). The stock has gained over the course of the past three trading sessions and has generated gains of as much as 28% so far.

In a new development, the company completed a capital raise by offering its equity and managed to raise as much as $55 million. This prompted Bank of America analysts Tazeen Ahmad to upgrade the stock from neutral to buy. The capital raise and the upgrade possibly resulted in the remarkable rally in the BioCryst stock in recent days.

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Disclaimer: Pursuant to an agreement between MIDAM VENTURES, LLC and Complete Investment And Management LLC, a Non-affiliate Third Party, Midam was hired for a period from 07/09/2019 – 8/09/2019 to publicly disseminate information about PharmaCyte Biotech including on the Website and other media including Facebook and Twitter. We were paid $150,000 (CASH) for & were paid “0” shares of restricted common shares. We were paid an additional $150,000 (CASH) BY Complete Investment And Management LLC, a Non-affiliate Third Party, AND HAVE EXTENDED coverage for a period from 8/12/2019 – 10/15/2019. We were paid an additional $150,000 (CASH) BY Complete Investment And Management LLC, a Non-affiliate Third Party, AND HAVE EXTENDED coverage for a period from 10/16/2019 – 11/15/2019.We may buy or sell additional shares of PharmaCyte Biotech in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, provide public dissemination of favorable Information. Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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