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Facebook Lost 450 Million User Profiles

Daniel Chase

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Over the course of one’s life, assuming one is somewhat social, they will come across a number of interesting characters. Some will remain and become close friends while others will drift off into the distance. The unifying factor among everyone you meet is that, prior to the last couple of years, if you established a connection you’d add them on any number of social media platforms, specifically.

When Facebook (FB) was in its height of popularity, people would use the Company’s name as a verb, telling new friends to “facebook them” when they get home. Now, I’m willing to bet a reasonable amount of money on the fact that each and every one of you has a Facebook (FB) friend who you somewhat know, but don’t fully trust. You met them at a party or through someone else, but you’ve always an inkling that they were up to something. I’m here to tell you that your inclinations were spot on, but you failed to look at the bigger picture. 

Facebook (FB) is the sketchy character from the aforementioned example and they’ve reached this level of infamy after months of failing to protect user data from unsavory individuals. When the largest social platform in the history of the internet is discovered to have worked with a consulting firm who lied about their intentions to perform psychological research on 270,000 plus users but, in actuality, they sold user data from 50 million profiles to help the Republican Party take the 2016 election, it’s completely justifiable that you catch flack from the media. 

It’s almost painful how often Facebook (FB) has dropped the data privacy ball over the last few months. To be honest, I’m fairly close to closing my own account in an effort to secure my private information. According to a TechCrunch report released this week, over 540 million user profiles were exposed due to two separate third-party companies who failed to keep them safe. As for the team that discovered the data exposure, the UpGuard Cyber Risk team today reported that Cultura Colectiva, a Mexico-based media company exposed “146 gigabytes of records including comments, likes, reactions, account names, FB Ids and more.”

Given the increasing value of data among the tech industry, one would think that Facebook (FB) would be more careful with which companies it works with/shares user data with. In all fairness to Zuckerberg and his team of rag-tag engineers at Facebook (FB), mistakes happen, especially with computers. Having said that, Facebook (FB) has dominated the headlines over the last six months for several “mistakes” that bring to mind the question of whether our data is truly safe when stored on internet databases and social media sites. 

“For app developers on Facebook, part of the platform’s appeals is access to some slice of the data generated by and about Facebook users. For Cultura Colectiva, data on responses to each post allows them to tune an algorithm for predicting which future content will generate the most traffic. The data exposed in each of these sets would not exist without Facebook, yet these data sets are no longer under Facebook’s control. In each case, the Facebook platform facilitated the collection of data about individuals and its transfer to third parties, who became responsible for its security.”

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Facebook (FB) data, as well as data gathered from other platforms like Instagram and Snapchat have proven to be invaluable for companies looking to gain insight on the consumer market. In fact, across a variety of industries, companies are investing in data analytics, machine learning, and other means to process large amounts of data. Though I’ve never had the fortune of running a global social network, my advice to any of you who are considering to take your idea to the internet is that if your idea involves capturing information from real people, keep it safe. 

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3 Penny Stocks Looking To Change The Biotech Industry

Jon Phillip

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The world of biotech investing can be tricky. That’s particularly true when it comes to small-cap stocks in the industry. These companies often have terrific science, but no profits and little revenue; if any at all. But biotech stocks can offer true potential for investors who know what to look for.

Perhaps the best strategy for gaining exposure to this space is to look at early-stage, small-cap biotechs. By doing so, you put yourself at the front-line for cutting edge, experimental companies that could one day hit it big. Given this, here are 3 small-cap biotechs working to evolve in the biotech industry.

WHAT CURING CANCER & HIV COULD MEAN FOR THIS COMPANY, INVESTORS & THE WORLD

GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP)

One company making groundbreaking developments in the biotechnology field is GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP). GT Biopharma Inc. is an immune-oncology biotech company determined to create new treatments for cancer. In order to do this, the company leverages its proprietary TriKE technology to develop its pipeline. As of now, GT Biopharma has 6 treatment plans undergoing the clinical trial process.

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So, what exactly is this TriKE technology platform? TriKE is actually an acronym for tri-specific killer engagers that are made to target NK’s or natural killer and tumor cells. Once they target NK cells, it binds to the CD16 receptor which makes a longer and stronger response compared to current treatment methods.

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One use of TriKE has been to develop a way to target the HIV-Env protein. The design to do this is known as HIV-TriKE. As a matter of fact, the company recently announced data that showed the effectiveness of HIV-TriKE. It was shown that it enhanced NK cell cytokine production and effectively killed infected targets with HIV-Env.

“We are pleased to see how the TriKE™ technology is able to be extended to the treatment of infectious disease and is able to kill HIV in the reservoir.”  Mr. Cataldo further stated, “We believe the HIV-TriKE™ will become part of a scalable and curative therapeutic strategy,” expressed Anthony Cataldo, CEO and Chairman of GE Biopharma.

Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNAT)

This next biotechnology company is known as Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNAT). This company’s focus is different compared to GT Biopharma. It aims to treat chronic diseases that have a large unmet need. Its lead product candidate CTS-2090, inhibits IL-1β which treats inflammatory diseases.

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In terms of news releases, the company has been slightly lackluster over the last two months. However, in early August Conatus released its Q2 financials which showed some profitability promise in its income statement.

Revenues increased and expenses decreased in Q2 2019 compared to Q2 2018 which significantly reduced the company’s net loss by $3.8 million. One potential hindrance factor in the financials could be Conatus’ consistently declining free cash flow.

Nuvectra Corporation (NVTR)

To top things off, we have a neurostimulation company known as Nuvectra Corporation (NVTR). The company has a commercial product called Algovita Spinal Cord Stimulation which treats chronic pain of the trunk and limbs. In addition to this, Nuvectra is awaiting FDA pre-market approval for its Virtis Sacral Neuromodulation which treats chronic urinary retention and overstive bladders.

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Compared to Conatus, Nuvectra has produced recent news that investors can sink their teeth into. First off, the company appointed Jennifer Kosharek as CFO around a month ago. This is a strong appointment thanks to her 15+ years of accounting experience and other leadership positions with Nuvectra.

Furthermore, the company recently submitted its supplementary chemical composition and biocompatibility data to the FDA to support Virtis’ pre-market approval.

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Pursuant to an agreement between Midam Ventures LLC and GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP), Midam has been paid $100,000 for a period from October 1, 2019 to November 15, 2019. We may buy or sell additional shares of GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, to provide public dissemination of favorable Information about GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP). Full Disclaimer Click Here

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Are These Biotech Names On Your October Watch List?

Joe Samuel

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Over the past two decades, the biotech sector has been one of the best sectors to watch. If experts are to be believed, then it is likely to continue to be a hot sector for the foreseeable future. However, biotech stocks require research and that can help when it comes to making a list of biotech stocks.

Once that is done, the investor needs to track the companies closely. Then it’s easier to decide upon the best course of action. Here is a look at three biotechnology penny stocks this month.

Biotech Stocks To Watch: PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)

If you’re looking at PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) at this exact moment, you’re seeing it before the company begins clinical trials and just as it’s preparing 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.

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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.”

Over the last week, shares of PMCB stock have jumped from $0.0319 to highs of $0.0367 on Friday.

Biotech Stocks To Watch: Hepion Pharmaceuticals (HEPA)                                           

The next biotech stock to watch is Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:HEPA). The company is involved in manufacturing medicines meant for liver conditions emanating from non-alcoholic reasons. The company announced that its research article has been published by the highly influential peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

The paper in question is titled “A Pan-Cyclophilin Inhibitor, CRV431, Decreases Fibrosis and Tumor Development in Chronic Liver Disease Models.” The study shows that Hepion’s product CRV431 could well be a solution for treating chronic diseases of the liver. The paper also stated that the medicine is suited to address a range of therapeutic needs.

Once the news broke, the company’s stock started soaring and soared over 43% at $3.58, well off the session high of $5.59.

Biotech Stocks To Watch: Protalix Biotherapeutics (PLX)

The other biotech stock that broke out more this week is Protalix Biotherapeutics Inc (NYSE:PLX). The company released data from the BRIDGE Phase 3 clinical study of its product PRX-102 and the revelations have proven to be highly encouraging. Out of a total of 22 patients who had been enrolled for the study, the data was gleaned from 16 of them.

The patients in question had been treated with PRX-102 for 12 months. The medicine is meant for treating Fabry disease and it has been revealed that there was an improvement in the function of kidneys in the patients. The stock soared by as much as 75% on Thursday and should definitely be on the watch lists of most investors.

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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. Full Disclaimer Here.

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Stock Price Newsletter – October 18, 2019

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Biotech ETF’s Just Hit New Highs: 3 Stocks To Watch

The biotech sector has a plethora of stocks though. Therefore, an investor needs to put in the necessary research. On that note, here is a look at three biotech stocks to watch as sector stocks enjoy a bull run in October.

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In Case You Missed It: Sernova (SVA) (SEOVF) Finds C-Peptide In Phase I/II Fasting Patient

Sernova Corp. (SVA) (SEOVF) has detected enduring levels of C-peptide (measured up to 30 days and continuing), a biomarker of transplanted beta cell insulin production, in the bloodstream of a fasting patient in its continuing phase I/II Cell Pouch United States clinical study of type-1 diabetes.

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These Healthcare & Biotech Stocks Deserve Your Attention This Month

The positive results provided a break for the sector. Furthermore, healthcare stocks have risen by 5.7% this year. The entire index has seen a nearly 20 percent gain, according to The Wall Street Journal. With this in mind, healthcare and biotechnology stocks are in focus this month.

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