Bio-Path Holdings presents positive pancreatic cancer data

Bio-Path Holdings presents BP1003 data at AACR

Bio-Path Holdings presents positive pancreatic cancer data, Stockwinners

Bio-Path Holdings (BPTH) announced that data from pre-clinical studies supporting the potential of BP1003, a liposome-incorporated STAT3 oligodeoxynucleotide inhibitor, for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, and acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML, were presented in a poster at the American Association for Cancer Research, or AACR.

The poster highlights four antisense oligo sequences directed against STAT3 mRNA identified by Bio-Path and manufactured using DNAbilize antisense RNAi nanoparticle technology.

Cell viability tests and western blots were conducted to determine the inhibitory effects of liposome-incorporated STAT3 antisense oligo on NSCLC and AML cells.

An ex vivo live tissue sensitivity assay was performed with a panel of 20 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patient-derived xenografts to study the overall activity of BP1003 alone, and in combination with gemcitabine.

Using previously defined criteria, tissue slice viability inhibition greater than 30% and with a less than 0.05 value was considered to be a response.

For validation of ex vivo results, tumor bearing mice were administered BP1003 and gemcitabine twice a week for 28 days. Tumor volumes were monitored for up to 49 days.

The most potent liposome-incorporated STAT3 antisense sequence in decreasing NSCLC cell viability was selected as the drug candidate BP1003.

Further validation in AML cells demonstrated that BP1003 inhibited cell viability and STAT3 protein expression. In the ex vivo LTSA assay, BP1003 at a dose of 10 microM significantly inhibited the tissue slice viability in 9 out of 18 PDAC PDXs by more than 30%.

The combination of BP1003 and gemcitabine further enhanced ex vivo efficacy of BP1003 in a subset of PDXs.

In the in vivo study, a combination of BP1003 and gemcitabine caused tumor regression during the 28-day drug treatment period.

This anti-cancer activity was maintained for another 21 days, even when drug treatment had ceased.

Preclinical pancreatic cancer models demonstrated that BP1003 successfully penetrated the stroma into pancreatic tumors.

Finally, the results in pancreatic cancer showed that BP1003 inhibited tumor slice viability in nine of 18.

BPTH closed at $19.68, it last traded at $20.61.

STOCKWINNERS

To read timely stories similar to this, along with money making trade ideas, sign up for a membership to Stockwinners.

This article does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility.

Bristol-Myers comments on Celgene’s purchase

Bristol-Myers sees ‘meaningful financial benefits’ from Celgene transaction.

Bristol-Myers treatment for colorectal cancer approved, Stockwinners

Bristol Meyers Comments on Celgene purchase, Stockwinners

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) said an updated its investor presentation about the Celgene (CELG) transaction.

The company said, “The Celgene transaction is the natural next step in Bristol-Myers Squibb’s proven strategy that has consistently delivered results for over a decade.

Through a disciplined approach to driving innovation, focusing on high-value opportunities and sourcing innovation externally to complement its internal portfolio and pipeline, Bristol-Myers Squibb has generated consistently strong growth and increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

The combination with Celgene will create a leading biopharma with increased scale, while maintaining the same agility and a focus on delivering for patients in core disease areas of high-unmet medical need.

The pipeline of the combined company provides significant near-, medium- and long-term opportunities for value creation. Bristol-Myers Squibb is acquiring Celgene’s robust and complementary pipeline at an attractive price.

In addition to six expected near-term product launches representing more than $15B in revenue potential, the combination will greatly increase Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Phase I and II assets, which will provide the next set of registrational opportunities in core therapeutic areas.

With an expanded set of scientific platforms and research capabilities, Bristol-Myers Squibb will be well positioned to discover and develop highly innovative medicines and accelerate these new options to patients through one of the highest-performing commercial organizations in the industry.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is well positioned for 2025 and beyond with continued leadership across Oncology and a diversified portfolio of assets.

The combined company will have a broad, balanced and earlier life-cycle marketed portfolio with a significantly higher number of opportunities across multiple diseases to drive the growth of Bristol-Myers Squibb in the second half of the decade. These opportunities will support financial strength for continued investment and innovation.

The Celgene transaction is expected to generate meaningful financial benefits for all stockholders.

With more than $45B of expected free cash flow generation over the first three full years post-closing, the combination will enable rapid debt reduction to de-lever the balance sheet and strengthen Bristol-Myers Squibb’s credit profile.

Bristol-Myers Squibb expects to realize run-rate cost synergies of approximately $2.5B by 2022 from the combination, and the combined company is expected to grow revenue and EPS every year through 2025.”

STOCKWINNERS

To read timely stories similar to this, along with money making trade ideas, sign up for a membership to Stockwinners.

This article does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility.

Harvey, August Job Report Delay Another Rate Hike

Fed funds futures rallied on the tepid employment report, Harvey damage

Harvey, August Job Report Delay Another Rate Hike. See Stockwinners.com Market Radar

Fed funds futures rallied on the tepid employment report, suggesting reduced risk for a third rate hike this year.

Indeed, implied rates have slipped to about a 25% risk for 25 bp increase, from 30% previously, and it had been hovering in the 33% range for much of August.

Note that September employment data is notoriously volatile, though with the broad-based nature of sluggishness in the report, it could take some time to recover the lost momentum.

Analysts are still bullish on growth into year-end, especially with the amount of rebuilding that will be needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (and with Hurricane Irma on the horizon).

However, it’s not clear there will be enough time between now and the December 13 FOMC decision to get the Committee on board for a tightening, especially if inflation remains tame.

AUGUST JOB REPORT

The U.S. jobs report undershot estimates with a 156k August payroll rise after 41k in downward revisions, though nearly all of the disappoint was concentrated in government, where analysts saw a 9k drop after 51k in downward bumps, and August payrolls historically underperform before upward revisions.

Analysts saw a 0.2% hours-worked decline with a workweek downtick to 34.4, and a 0.1% hourly earnings gain that left a fifth consecutive 2.5% y/y rise. The goods sector showed a 0.1% hours-worked drop despite a 70k payroll gain.

Analysts saw a 74k civilian job drop despite a 77k labor force increase that boosted the jobless rate to 4.44%, while the participation rate remained at 62.9%. Hurricane Harvey occurred after the BLS survey week and had no August payroll impact.

The disruptive effect of the hurricane may be fully offset by a rebuilding effect before the BLS survey week ending September 16, which lies a full three weeks from when the storm first struck.

HURRICANE  DAMAGE

Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with a potential price tag of $190 billion, according to a preliminary estimate from private weather firm AccuWeather.

This is equal to the combined cost of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and represents a 1% economic hit to the gross national product, AccuWeather said. This is equal to a 25 bp rate hike by the Feds according to some estimates while others see that more like a 50 bp rate hike.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZKo-159lvY?rel=0&controls=0&w=560&h=315]


STOCKWINNERS

To read timely stories similar to this, along with money making trade ideas, sign up for a membership to Stockwinners.

This article does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility.

McDonald’s to Offer Delivery

Delivery is now available at more than 2,000 McDonald’s locations

In June, 3500 MCD stores will offer delivery

mcd
MCD to expand its delivery business

#McDonald’s ($MCD) will expand delivery of its food to 3500 stores in the U.S. by June. McDonald’s already has well-established delivery services in Asia and the Middle East, where for some restaurants delivery is 40 percent of sales. Last year, the DJIA component garnered nearly $1 billion in delivery sales globally.  McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said delivery will be available in 3,500 locations by June, up from the more than 2,000 locations that currently offer delivery.

In the U.S., 60 percent of delivery orders were placed in the evening or late at night, and arrived, on average, within 30 minutes, he said.

“We are encouraged by early results in the U.S. where delivery is resonating well, particularly with our younger customers,” Easterbrook said.

Delivery has become a key priority in fast food, but hiring a fleet of drivers can be a huge undertaking for chains. Companies like Uber and GrubHub ($GRUB) can help ease the financial burden on restaurants by acting as a third-party delivery service. The trade-off is the chain doesn’t have direct control over the employees making the deliveries.

Other fast food restaurants have adopted various ways to increase their sales. Domino’s Pizza (DPZ), the king of pizza delivery business, has been remodeling its stores to encourage diners to dine in its restaurants. It is expected that other fast food chains will join the delivery craze. Companies that are expected to offer delivery include Burger King (QSR) and Jack In the Box (JACK).

To read stories similar to this, sign up for a free trial membership to Stockwinners; be sure to check the Market Radar section.

The article does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility.

AstraZeneca to present Cancer Drugs at ASCO Meeting

American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting is in Chicago from June 2 to June 6

AstraZeneca to present data on its drug candidates for Ovarian Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Neck and Shoulder Cancer and Lung Cancer

azn

 

#AstraZeneca $AZN , along with its global biologics research and development arm, #MedImmune, will demonstrate its progress on the company’s cancer medicine development at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, June 2 to June 6.

“With three new oncology medicines addressing the unmet needs of patients with ovarian, lung, and bladder cancers approved in under three years, AstraZeneca is now halfway to delivering on its promise to launch six new medicines for cancer by 2020,” the company says.

“This progress is reflected in the 100 company-sponsored and supported abstracts, including five Best-of-ASCO presentations, 11 oral presentations and eight poster discussions, accepted for the meeting.”

These include new data on approved and potential new medicines from the company’s pipeline across multiple scientific platforms and tumor types.

‘Late-breaker’ data from the #OlympiAD trial of olaparib versus chemotherapy in HER2-negative germline #BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutated breast cancer patients are the first positive Phase III results for a poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor beyond #ovarian cancer.

Additional #olaparib data will include: SOLO-2: Oral presentation of Phase III data on the relationship between health-related quality of life and patient-centered and clinical outcomes with olaparib maintenance following chemotherapy in patients with BRCA-mutated platinum-sensitive relapsed serous ovarian cancer and Study 19: Randomized Phase II overall survival and updated progression-free survival data for the combination of olaparib and cediranib versus olaparib alone in recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer.

AstraZeneca’s unique DDR pipeline will also be illustrated through an oral presentation of Phase I data on the WEE1 inhibitor, AZD1775, in combination with radiation therapy and temozolomide in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme and evaluation of intratumoral drug distribution in patients with recurrent GBM.

Additional information will also be presented from a Phase I trial of AZD1775 in combination with neoadjuvant weekly cisplatin and docetaxel in borderline-resectable head and neck squamous cell #carcinoma.

Latest #osimertinib investigational data from the AURA3 trial to be released during an oral presentation will provide further evidence of the response to treatment in patients with epidermal growth factor receptor T790M mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer and central nervous system metastases. Further insights into the ability of osimertinib to cross the blood-brain barrier will be provided through updated results from the #BLOOM trial of osimertinib in patients with EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC and leptomeningeal disease.

AstraZeneca will be presenting updated data from the NSCLC and bladder cancer cohorts of the Phase I/II Study 1108 of #durvalumab in patients with advanced solid tumors. New data in locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma reinforce the May 2017 US FDA approval of #Imfinzi for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or mUC who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, or whose disease has progressed within 12 months of receiving platinum-containing chemotherapy before or after surgery.

Updated durvalumab monotherapy Study 1108 results in Stage IIIB/IV NSCLC will also be presented.

These data underline AstraZeneca’s forward momentum in lung cancer following the positive top-line results of the Phase III PACIFIC trial of #durvalumab as sequential treatment in patients with locally advanced, unresectable NSCLC.

In an oral presentation, MedImmune will present data on a novel relationship in NSCLC between EGFR pathway activation and the immunosuppressive molecule CD73.

Visit Stockwinners Market Radar to read more.

The article does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility.