Sell Immunogen For an Incredible 101% Win

May 7, 2017: Sell Immunogen for a 101% win in 85 days and congratulations if you made money on the trade.

April 19, 2017: Immunogen’s stock popped 13% today on an upgrade from Leerink Partners. Leerink Partners raised Immunogen to an Outperform rating, from Market Perform, and set a price target of $8. Leerink Partners is upgrading Immunogen based on their higher level of conviction on lead asset mirvetuximab soravtansine providing an attractive risk/reward in context of the stock’s current valuation.

January 2, 2017: Biotechnology firm Immunogen announced that results from the Phase 1 expansion cohort evaluating mirvetuximab soravtansine (IMGN853) in patients with folate receptor alpha (FRa)-positive platinum-resistant ovarian cancer were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The data demonstrate the potential clinical benefit of mirvetuximab soravtansine for the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.

Immunogen said, “Standard single-agent therapy for patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer typically has a response rate below 20% and median progression-free survival below four months. Mirvetuximab soravtansine generated encouraging efficacy and tolerability data in the Phase 1 trial that suggest the potential to improve clinical outcomes for this patient population.”

The Phase 1 expansion cohort enrolled 46 patients with platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer whose tumors were positive for FRa. Patients were dosed with mirvetuximab soravtansine once every three weeks. Mirvetuximab soravtansine demonstrated single-agent activity in the 46-patient cohort with a 26% confirmed response rate and median progression free survival (PFS) of 4.8 months. In a subset of 23 patients with low, medium or high FRa, who had received three or fewer prior lines of therapy, there was a 39% objective response rate (ORR) and median PFS of 6.7 months. On the basis of the study findings and additional data demonstrating the importance of FRa expression levels with mirvetuximab soravtansine, the Company has designed the Phase 3 FORWARD I study to enroll patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer with one to three prior therapies and with medium or high FRa. This group of patients in the Phase 1 expansion cohort exhibited a 44% ORR and a median PFS of 6.7 months.

Mirvetuximab soravtansine exhibited a manageable safety profile. Adverse events (AEs) were generally mild with the majority being grade 1 or grade 2 (least severe grades). The most commonly observed AEs were diarrhea, blurred vision, nausea, and fatigue.

Immunogen said, “These results demonstrate that mirvetuximab soravtansine is active in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, with encouraging response rates and progression-free survival combined with a manageable safety profile. On the basis of these findings, we have moved confidently into a Phase 3 registration study evaluating this promising agent against the standard of care in the platinum-resistant setting. In addition, we are evaluating combination regimens to assess mirvetuximab soravtansine in expanded patient populations and will begin reporting data from these combinations in mid-2017.”

ImmunoGen, Inc. develops targeted anticancer therapeutics. The Company’s ADC technology uses tumor-targeting antibodies to deliver an ImmunoGen cell-killing agent specifically to cancer cells.

Sell Anavex Life Sciences For a Huge 40% Win

April 30, 2017: Sell Anavex Life Sciences for a huge 40% win and congratulations if you made money on this trade.

January 8, 2017: Institutional traders are accumulating biotechnology firm Anavex Life Sciences according to recent 13F filings. The institutional traders who bought the most shares of Anavex Life Sciences are:

BlackRock Fund Advisors = bought 843,994 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
BlackRock Institutional Trust = bought 284,540 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
State Street Corp = bought 218,377 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
Bank of New York Mellon = bought 129,276 shares according to 11-12-2016 filing
Black Rock Investment Management = bought 127,022 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
D. E. Shaw & Co = bought 105,080 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
SUSQUEHANNA International Group = bought 102,685 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
GEODE CAPITAL Management = bought 46,739 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
VANGUARD GROUP INC = bought 30,148 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
California State Teachers Retirement System = bought 68,464 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
NORTHERN TRUST CORP = bought 58,307 shares according to 11-12-2016 filing
TIAA CREF INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT = bought 25,129 shares according to 12-12-2016 filing

November 22, 2016: Anavex Life Sciences announces data on 41-Week treatment of ANAVEX 2-73 for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease; Investigational treatment suggests to curb cognitive and functional decline. At 41 weeks, Alzheimers patients taking a daily oral dose of ANAVEX 2-73 in the exploratory, not yet dose optimized Phase 2a clinical trial, showed a stabilization of cognitive and functional measures. This data of stabilization is promising since Alzheimers disease is a progressive disease where current therapeutics are only able to temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and not stop the disease from progressing.

At 41 weeks, oral daily dosing between 10mg and 50mg, ANAVEX 2-73 was well tolerated, and no patients discontinued treatment due to adverse events. There were no clinically significant treatment-related adverse events, and no serious adverse events.

Pre-specified exploratory analyses included the cognitive (MMSE) and the functional (ADCS-ADL) changes from baseline. A continued stabilization of both cognitive (MMSE) and functional (ADCS-ADL) measures in patients treated with ANAVEX 2-73 was observed. This correlation was positive with all measured scores (MMSE, ADCS-ADL, Cogstate, HAM-D and EEG/ERP).

About the ANAVEX 2-73 Phase 2a Study

The multicenter Phase 2a clinical trial of ANAVEX 2-73 consists of two parts and a total of 32 mild-to-moderate Alzheimers patients. PART A is a simple randomized, open-label, two-period, cross-over between oral (30mg/50mg) and IV (3mg/5mg) administration, adaptive trial lasting up to 5 weeks for each patient. PART B is an open-label extension for an additional 52 weeks. Initially planned for 26 weeks, PART B was extended to 52 weeks as a result of requests from patients and caregivers.

The primary endpoint of the Phase 2a trial is to establish safety, tolerability and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of ANAVEX 2-73, which had shown potential in preclinical studies to prevent, halt and/or reverse the course of the disease. Secondary endpoints include dose response, bioavailability, and exploratory cognitive as well as functional measures using Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and evaluation of Alzheimers Disease Co-operative Study Activities of Daily Living Inventory (ADCS-ADL), as well as Cogstate test battery and EEG/ERP.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of differentiated therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain and various types of cancer.

Anavex’s lead drug candidate, ANAVEX 2-73, is currently in a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. ANAVEX 2-73 is an orally available drug candidate that targets sigma-1 and muscarinic receptors and successfully completed Phase 1 with a clean safety profile. Preclinical studies demonstrated its potential to halt and/or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also exhibited anticonvulsant, anti-amnesic, neuroprotective and anti-depressant properties in animal models, indicating its potential to treat additional CNS disorders, including epilepsy and others. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has awarded Anavex a research grant to develop ANAVEX 2-73 for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease to fully fund a preclinical study, which could justify moving ANAVEX 2-73 into a Parkinson’s disease clinical trial.

Sell Catalyst Pharmaceuticals For a 47% Gain

April 16, 2017: Sell Catalyst Pharmaceuticals for a 47% gain in 60 days and congratulations if you made money on the trade.

January 4, 2017: The popular SeekingAlpha blogger Hawkinvest, with over 5,000 followers, posted a positive article on Catalyst Pharmaceuticals today that got the stock moving higher. Hawkinvest writes

Biotech and healthcare stocks underperformed in 2016 and that means this is a sector that could offer value and rebound potential in 2017. With all of this in mind, I have been looking for “hidden gems” in the biotech sector. I have recently found a couple of very interesting investment opportunities that offer an excellent risk to reward ratio and one of the stocks I am bullish on now is Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of therapies for people with rare debilitating diseases. Its lead product candidate is Firdapse, a proprietary form of amifampridine phosphate, which completed Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of patients with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic syndrome; and is in small blinded clinical trial to treat Congenital Myasthenic syndromes, as well as is in Phase II/III clinical trial for the treatment of MuSK-antibody positive myasthenia gravis.

Sell Global Blood Therapeutics For a Huge 91% Win!

March 4, 2017: Sell Global Blood Therapeutics for a monster 91% win in 41 days! Congratulations if you were able to make money on the trade.

January 4, 2017: JPMorgan Chase initiates coverage of biotechnology firm Global Blood Therapeutics with an Overweight rating and a price target of $25. JPMorgan thinks GBT440 is a promising wholly owned asset targeting a broad and underserved market, as such current levels could provide an attractive entry point despite the relative lack of critical upcoming data.

GBT440-001 is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, single and multiple ascending dose study. This ongoing Phase 1/2 study is evaluating the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of GBT440 in both healthy subjects and adults with SCD. The study is being conducted in three parts: Part A (single dose administration), Part B (multiple dose administration, daily for 15 days in healthy subjects and 28 days in SCD patients) and Part C (multiple dose administration, daily for 90 days in SCD patients). Some patients in Part C have taken GBT440 for up to 6 months.

Results presented at ASH showed:

– All 41 SCD patients receiving GBT440 for up to six months have demonstrated a profound and durable reduction in hemolysis (red blood cell destruction) as assessed by hemoglobin, reticulocytes, and/or bilirubin.

– All patients taking GBT440 showed profound and durable reductions in irreversibly sickled cells compared with those taking a placebo.

Results from Part C (dosing for at least 90 days) demonstrate that among the 13 GBT440-treated patients:

– Patients treated with GBT440 for at least 90 days showed a clinically significant increase in hemoglobin (greater than 1 g/dL increase) compared with 14 placebo patients (46 percent vs. 0 percent; p=0.006).

Patients treated with GBT440 had a sustained reduction in irreversibly sickled cells compared with placebo-treated patients (-76.6 percent vs. +9.7 percent; p<0.001).- GBT440 was well tolerated up to six months of dosing. The most common treatment-related adverse events were Grade 1/2 headache and gastrointestinal disorders and occurred at similar rates in the placebo and GBT440 arms. There were no drug-related serious or severe adverse events. No sickle cell crises events occurred in study participants while on GBT440. Exercise testing data showed normal tissue oxygen delivery (no change in oxygen consumption compared to placebo).

– Absorption, Metabolism and Excretion of GBT440 a Novel Hemoglobin S (HbS) Polymerization Inhibitor for the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), in Healthy Male Subjects (Abstract #2487)

– Results of a study evaluating the pharmacokinetics, metabolism, and excretion of GBT440 given orally to healthy subjects showed that the drug was completely excreted from the body, with a half-life of approximately three days. This is much shorter than the lifespan of a red blood cell (about 120 days) of a healthy subject, suggesting that the binding of GBT440 to hemoglobin is a reversible process. The data also suggests that the pharmacokinetics of GBT440 are unlikely to be affected in patients with renal disorders.

Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics to treat grievous blood-based disorders with significant unmet need.

GBT440 is Global Blood Therapeutics leading drug candidate which targets the underlying mechanism of red blood cell sickling and offers the potential to treat sickle cell disease (SCD) rather than only its symptoms.

Wells Fargo Gives Buy On Juno One Day, Downgrades the Next!

February 23, 2017: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of JUNO on February 22, 2017 with an Outperform rating. Then, one day later on February 23, 2017, Wells Fargo downgraded JUNO to market perform! Was this a rotational dump at $24 and we just provided Wells Fargo the liquidity they needed? I don’t know but my trust in Wells Fargo analyst ratings is seriously damaged. Wells Fargo is normally solid in their analyst ratings so I think somebody messed inside Wells Fargo. I’m out of JUNO for a small loss around market open today. Ain’t nobody got time for WF analyst ratings stupidity. No worries, we’ll get Wells Fargo back on another trade.

February 22, 2017: Juno had a huge volume surge on February 22, 2017. Volume was 700% higher than 3 month volume average. Wells Fargo just initiated coverage of JUNO with an Outperform rating and a price target of $34 to $36. I decided to pick up some Juno today in my personal trading account.

January 18, 2017: Hearing takeover rumors circulating about Juno Therapeutics. Vague rumors and could not confirm the source.

December 20, 2016: JUNO and CELG announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to investigational drug JCAR017 for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory (r/r) aggressive large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), not otherwise specified (de novo or transformed from indolent lymphoma), Primary Mediastinal B-cell Lymphoma (PMBCL) or Grade 3B Follicular Lymphoma. In addition, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) have granted JCAR017 access to the Priority Medicines (PRIME) scheme for r/r DLBCL.

JCAR017 uses a defined CD4:CD8 cell composition and 4-1BB as the costimulatory domain, which differentiates it from other CD19-directed CAR T product candidates in clinical development. Earlier this month, data from multiple phase I studies with JCAR017 in non-Hodgkin lymphoma and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia were presented at the 58th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting.

December 19, 2016: The biotechnology company Juno Therapeutics defeats Kite Pharma’s challenge to CAR T-Cell patent. Juno Therapeutics announced that it has defeated an attempt to invalidate a patent exclusively licensed by Juno that covers, among other things, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell used for the treatment of B-cell malignancies, and that it is suing Kite Pharma, Inc., seeking a declaratory judgment that Kite’s lead product candidate, KTE-C19, will infringe the patent when commercially produced.

In August 2015, Kite Pharma, Inc. filed an inter partes review in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in an attempt to invalidate U.S. Patent No. 7,446,190 by challenging all of its claims. Juno exclusively licenses the ‘190 patent, titled “Nucleic Acids Encoding Chimeric T Cell Receptors,” from Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, an affiliate of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The patent covers, among other things, a construct for a CD-19 targeted CAR T cell treatment that employs a CD28 costimulatory domain.The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office instituted a review of the patent, and on December 16, 2016, issued a final written decision upholding all the claims of the patent.

The lawsuit is being filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Juno and the Sloan Kettering Institute are represented by Irell & Manella LLP in both the IPR and the litigation.

December 6, 2016: Juno provided an update of key data from studies of its investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell product candidates, presented at the 58th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Diego, December 3-6, 2016.

We are encouraged by the safety and efficacy results we see with JCAR017 and JCAR014 in several B-cell malignancy settings, including in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and the possibilities suggested by early data in treating patients with CD19-negative disease, said Hans Bishop, Junos President, and CEO. We are also learning more about factors that contribute to efficacy and managing the toxicities associated with CAR T therapy and will apply what we learn to our broader development pipeline.

Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL): JCAR017Final results from the Phase I Pediatric Leukemia Adoptive Therapy-02 (PLAT-02) study with JCAR017 in children and young adults with relapsed or refractory (r/r) CD19-positive ALL were presented in an oral session by Rebecca Gardner, M.D., of Seattle Children’s Research Institute (Abstract #219), on Saturday, December 4. JCAR017 uses a defined CD4: CD8 cell composition and 4-1BB as the costimulatory domain, which differentiates it from other CD19-directed CAR T product candidates in clinical development.

The presentation updated data previously presented at ASCO in June 2016. It included 43 pediatric and young adult patients treated with JCAR017 who were evaluable for response.

Key results:40/43 (93%) patients experienced a minimal residual disease (MRD)-negative complete remission (CR).

In patients who received preconditioning with fludarabine/cyclophosphamide (flu/cy) lymphodepletion, the overall response (OR) rate was 14/14 (100%) patients. The estimated 12-month event-free survival is 50.8% (95%CI 36.9, 69.9) and overall survival (OS) is 69.5% (95%CI 55.8, 86.5).Severe cytokine release syndrome (sCRS) was observed in 10/43 (23%) patients.

A second study presented by Dr. Gardner examined toxicity management in the PLAT-02 trial (Abstract #586). In the study, two cohorts were given either anti-IL6 (tocilizumab) alone or the combination of tocilizumab and the steroid dexamethasone, with the goal of preventing sCRS. Results showed:

Both cohorts experienced similar overall rates of Grade 1-2 CRS following treatment: 21/23 (91%) in cohort 1 and 19/20 (95%) on in the early intervention group. In the tocilizumab arm, 7 of 23 (30%) patients experienced sCRS, versus 3/20 (15%) in the tocilizumab / dexamethasone arm.

Early intervention with immunomodulation appeared to decrease the rates of sCRS while preserving the previously observed high rates of MRD-negative CR.

Long-term persistence of CD19 CAR-T cells is protective against relapse.

Pediatric ALL: JCAR018Nirali N. Shah, M.D., of the National Cancer Institute, presented data from a Phase I study of JCAR018, a CAR T cell product candidate targeting CD22, in 16 pediatric patients with r/r CD19-negative ALL (Abstract #650) on Monday, December 5. The study is the first to evaluate CAR T cell therapy in patients expressing CD22. All of the patients had been previously treated with anti-CD19 CAR T cell therapy and had already undergone at least one allogeneic stem cell transplant.

Key results:

The primary adverse event was grade 1-2 cytokine release syndrome, with no severe or irreversible neurotoxicity. There was one death due to sepsis in a patient after resolution of CRS.

3/9 (33%) patients are in ongoing remission ranging 3-12+ months.

Results showed 7/8 (88%) patients achieved an MRD-negative CR with flu/cy lymphodepletion followed by JCAR018 at dose level 2 (1 x 106 transduced CAR T cells/kg).

The study continues to enroll patients. Juno is currently testing pre-clinical constructs to understand better the optimal way to target these two antigens in the same product.

Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL): JCAR017In a poster presentation on Monday, December 5, Jeremy Abramson, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, presented results from the Phase I TRANSCEND study in patients with r/r DLBCL, follicular lymphoma grade 3B or mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who were treated with flu/cy lymphodepletion and JCAR017.

Topline results included a 12/20 (60%) complete response in patients with r/r DLBCL (N=19) and follicular lymphoma grade 3B (N=1) treated with a single dose of JCAR017 at dose level 1 (5×107 cells). No sCRS was observed; grade 3-4 neurotoxicity was seen in 3/22 (14%) patients, all of whom received the steroid dexamethasone for neurotoxicity. Also, the side effect profile plus cell persistence suggests the potential for combination therapy.

The Phase I TRANSCEND trial continues, enrolling more patients at dose levels 1 and 2. Juno intends to initiate a pivotal trial in the U.S. in patients with r/r DLBCL in 2017.Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): JCAR014In an oral presentation on Saturday, December 4, Cameron Turtle, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, reported on results from a Phase I study of heavily pretreated patients with CLL who failed treatment with ibrutinib, the standard-of-care treatment for CLL. Fifteen of 17 (88%) efficacy-evaluable patients who had bone marrow disease at the start of the trial and treated with flu/cy and the two lowest doses of JCAR014 had a complete marrow response by flow cytometry. Fourteen of the complete bone marrow response patients had a response assessment by the more sensitive method of IgH deep sequencing, with 7/14 (50%) having no detectable disease. All seven of these patients are alive and progression free with follow-up ranging from 3 to 26 months.

Two of 24 (8%) patients developed grade 3-5 sCRS and 6/24 (25%) patients developed grade 3-5 severe neurotoxicity. There was one treatment-related mortality (4%) in the trial in a patient who received flu/cy lymphodepletion, with both grade 5 CRS and cerebral edema.

Plans to study JCAR014 in combination with ibrutinib in CLL are underway, with a cohort expected to begin enrollment in early 2017. Juno is evaluating the use of this data with JCAR014 as a monotherapy and in combination with ibrutinib in support of a potential Juno-sponsored trial with JCAR017 in CLL.

Juno Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in developing cell-based cancer immunotherapies.