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Cytokinetics: Reiteration of My Long Standing Buy Recommendation Based on an Extraordinary Pipeline (CYTK, $12.90, Buy)

Investment Overview and Thesis Investment Overview Cytokinetics reported 2Q, 2017 sales and earnings results on Wednesday, August 2 but this was relatively unimportant. The stock price is driven by investors’ assessments on clinical progress of three late stage pipeline products: omecamtiv mecarbil (for congestive heart failure) and tirasemtiv (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) are […]

Cytokinetics: What Are the Implications for Tirasemtiv Following the Approval of Radicava (Edaravone) for ALS? (CYTK, Buy, $15.40)

Key Points: The surprising and unconventional approval of Radicava (edaravone) shows how desperate the FDA is to expedite the approval of drugs for ALS; this was the first such approval in 20 years. This urgency should extend to getting tirasemtiv on the market if results are generally positive; topline results from the phase 3 VITALITY-ALS […]

Cytokinetics: Comments on the Upside Move Today (CYTK, Buy, $12.90)

Cytokinetics is up $1.15 or 10% to $12.90 in a poor market environment. The only news is that the Company will be added to the S&P 600 small cap index. There is no fundamental news. I have seen before that when a stock is added to an index that the price jumps up meaningfully as […]

Cytokinetics: Insights into Corporate Collaborations, Tirasemtiv, CK-107 and Hospitalization Caused by Heart Failure (CYTK, Buy, $11.25)

Introduction I was just going though the most recently published slide deck of Cytokinetics and found some slides that I thought were an interesting way of conveying information on corporate collaborations, the clinical status of CK-107, tirasemtiv and the serious unmet medical need for treatment of patients hospitalized with heart failure. None of these are […]

Cytokinetics: A Look at the Clinical Trial Programs Underway (CYTK, Buy, $13.00)

The Investment Thesis Is Based on Three Drugs in Late Stage Development In partnership with Amgen, Cytokinetics has advanced omecamtiv mecarbil into phase 3 development for congestive heart failure; topline data is projected for January 2021. Without a partner, Cytokinetics has progressed tirasemtiv into a late phase 3 ALS trial; topline data is projected for […]

Cytokinetics: Discussion of Financing Deal with Royalty Partners (CYTK, Buy, $11)

Terms and Implications of This Deal Cytokinetics announced that it had concluded a deal to sell a portion of the future royalty stream on omecamtiv to Royalty Partners, perhaps the leading purveyor of this type of financial instrument. Omecamtiv is partnered with Amgen and recently entered the phase 3 GALACTIC HF trial which will enroll […]

Cytokinetics: Results of COSMIC HF Published in The Lancet; Phase 3 GALACTIC HF Trial Has Started (CYTK, Buy, $12.00)

Key Points Results from the COSMIC HF phase 2 trial of omecamtiv mecarbil support the hypothesis that it improves heart function and (very importantly) reverses structural damage in patients with heart failure. Side effects are comparable to placebo. If these results are replicated in the GALACTIC-HF phase 3 trial, I believe that omecamtiv mecarbil has […]

Cytokinetics: My Relative Market Value Analysis Suggests that the Stock Should be Selling at More Than $20 (CYTK, Buy, $8.95)

Investment Thesis Cytokinetics looks to me to be seriously undervalued when I contrast its market value (stock price multiplied by shares outstanding) of $430 million to that of other early stage biotechnology companies. In this note I look at key investment attributes of CYTK in comparison to those of a number of other biotechnology companies […]

Cytokinetics; Amgen and Servier Announce Decision to Move Omecamtiv Mecarbil into Phase 3 (CYTK, Buy, $12.07)

Amgen issued a press release today in which it announced that Servier had decided to exercise its option to commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil in chronic heart failure in Europe, Russia and certain other territories. The companies announced that the Phase 3 program of omecamtiv mecarbil will move forward in collaboration with Cytokinetics. I think that the gating […]

Cytokinetics: Tirasemtiv Completes Phase 3 Enrollment (CYTK, Buy, $11.89)

Cytokinetics has announced that the VITALITY-ALS trial of tirasemtiv has completed enrollment. The study includes three phases. The first is a two week open label phase; those patients who can tolerate tirasemtiv are then randomized into the second phase. This is a 48 week double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in which patients are randomized 3:2:2:2 to placebo […]