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Archive for April, 2014

Cytokinetics: There Yet May Be a Path Forward to Develop Tirasemtiv in ALS (CYTK, Buy, $4.49, Paid Subscribers)

Overview Cytokinetics held a conference call on the results of the BENEFIT-ALS trial on the morning of April 30. The Company announced on April 25, that the trial had failed to meet its primary endpoint of change in ALSFRS-r and that results on secondary endpoints were mixed. Based on this, investors concluded that tirasemtiv was […]

Cytokinetics Announces that Tirasemtiv Phase 2b Trial in ALS Failed (CYTK, Buy, $5.01)

Cytokinetics announced that tirasemtiv failed to reach the primary endpoint in the phase 2b BENEFIT-ALS trial in ALS. The mean change from baseline in the ALS Functional Rating Scale in its revised form (ALSFRS-R) for tirasemtiv was -2.98 as compared to -2.40 in the placebo group indicating no difference from placebo. The Company said that there […]

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Trading Opportunity (IMUC, Not rated, $1.19, Paid Subscribers)

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics just announced that an abstract describing the phase II trial of its dendritic cell-based cancer vaccine ICT-107 in newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GBM) has been accepted for an oral presentation at the 2014 American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, to be held in Chicago May 30-June 3, 2014.  I believe that this […]

Thoughts on the Market Correction in Biotechnology Stocks

This Has Been a Tough Correction The recent sharp market correction and rotation out of growth stocks like biotechnology and technology has had a major impact on the small biotechnology names that I specialize in. The correction has been stomach churning for me even though I have been through this many times before. I am […]

Neuralstem: Dr. Eva Feldman’s Latest Presentation on The Use of CUR’s Stem Cells in ALS (CUR, Buy, $4.04)

Overview Dr. Eva Feldman is the lead investigator for the clinical trials of Neuralstem’s (CUR) NSI-566 spinal cord stem cells in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). She spoke at the Keystone Symposia on April 9, 2014. Dr. Feldman is the recent President of the American Neurological Association. She is […]

Northwest Biotherapeutics: Just Announced Financing Signals High Expectations for Use of DCVax-L under German Hospital Exemption Program (NWBO, $6.75, Paid Subscribers)

Purpose of New Financing Northwest Biotherapeutics just announced a financing in which a single institutional investor bought $15 million of stock at a price of $6.60 which is an 8% discount to the closing price on April 9th. The same investor has the right to purchase an additional $17 million of stock at $7.50 over […]

Cytokinetics: The Critical Phase 2b Results for Tirasemtiv Should be Released on April 29th (CYTK, $8.88, Buy, Paid Subscribers Only)

Phase 2b Data on Tirasemtiv will be Presented on April 29th Cytokinetics has an extremely important binary event upcoming as the data on the phase 2b trial of tirasemtiv in ALS will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday April 29th at 4:15 PM. The data comes from a […]

Repligen Has an Outstanding, Stable Business and Excellent Long Term Growth Potential (RGEN, Hold/ Buy, $14.07, Paid Subscribers Only)

Investment Background and Company Overview I think that Repligen’s (RGEN) bioprocessing business is one of the best business models that I have seen in my many years as an analyst. Its products are used in the manufacturing of biologic drugs; they enjoy incredibly long life cycles because changing the manufacturing process for a biological product […]

Refuting Feuerstein’s Latest Negative Blog on Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO, Buy, $7.56)

Before I Get Into This Article, a Word to My Subscribers I want to apologize to my subscribers for a software error that resulted in seven e-mails being sent out to alert subscribers that I had published a new company report today. There should have been just one. We have just implemented this e-mail alert […]

Ed Quilty, CEO of Derma Sciences, Outlines His Strategy to Build the Premier Wound Healing Company (DSCI, $12.00)

Investment Thesis I published an extensive report on Derma Sciences (DSCI) on January 31, 2014 in which I recommended purchase. I argued in that report that DSCI presents an unusual and attractive biotechnology investment situation. We are all aware of the binary outcomes of critical phase 3 trials in which a successful outcome usually leads […]