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Biotechs & Bubbles

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Well PSW Subscribers….I am still here, barely.  From my last post a few months ago to now, nothing has changed much, but there are a few bargins out there that as investors, should be put on the watch list (again) and if so desired….buy a small amount.

First, the media is on a tear against biotechs/pharma, ripping companies for their drug prices.  Gilead's HepC drug, Sovaldi, is priced at $84K for the 12-week treatment.  Pundits were screaming bloody murder that it was a total rip off, but when one investigates the other drugs out there, and the consequences of not taking Sovaldi vs. another drug combinations, then things become clearer.  For instance, Olysio (JNJ) is about $66,000 for a 12-week treatment, but is approved for fewer types of patients AND  other drugs must often be used with it adding to the cost.  So, for more convenience and a better response rate….why not go for the best drug out there for HepC?  Other drugs are increasing in price, and the diagram below from Bloomberg shows that even Viagra has gone up in price considerably over the past 7 years.  Big pharma has infrastructure it needs to pay for, as well as investors that like outsized returns.  Biotechs, on the other hand, have drugs in clinic that can make or break the company.  Therefore, doing homework on these companies is critical, and understanding the science is imperative. 

The trend in industry (biotechs especially), is to go after the harder to treat diseases, which then also command a premium IF the drug is successful.  BMY bought Amira Pharmaceuticals for >$370M on the chance that their IPF drug (LPA1 receptor antagonist) works in these patients (life expectancy is 5 yrs).  Gilead bought Arresto for >$200M for the same indication (IPF), but a different mechanism of action (LOXL2 monoclonal antibody).  Both of these companies were finishing Phase 1…which means there was NO efficacy seen!!!  Intermune's drug Esbriet is expected to cost about $60k/yr, so if either of these drugs from BMY or GILD hit, and are better than Esbriet, then one can expect their prices to be higher!

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Here We Go Again – Pharma & Biotechs 2014

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Ladies and Gentlemen, hobos and tramps,
Cross-eyed mosquitoes, and Bow-legged ants,
I come before you, To stand behind you,
To tell you something, I know nothing about.

And so the circus begins in Union Square, San Francisco for this weeks JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.  Will the momentum from 2013, which carried the S&P Spider Biotech ETF to all time highs, carry on in 2014?  The Biotech ETF beat the S&P by better than 3 points.

As I noted in my previous post, Biotechs Galore – IPOs and More, biotechs were rushing to IPOs so that venture capitalists could unwind their holdings (funds are usually 5-7 years), as well as take advantage of the opportune moment when the reward is all about risk.  In our current low interest rates environment, investors are starved for better returns, and the perfect place for those gains are high risk/reward biotechs.  A total of 46 companies went public in 2013 (16 more after my initial write-up), and 80% of them were ABOVE their IPO pricing!  The entire IPO 2013 class was up 48%!  48%! I know that cutting edge science is exciting, BUT when a company is valued for a potential treatment that still have a long way to go for final approval, I want to sell you a wing and a prayer for an idea I have that cures something I cannot tell you about….

Science is an exciting area to be apart of, and it is our hopes in this field to make an impact on a patient's life (for the better of course), but the gradiosity of the market sentiment for these biotechs makes me want to give everyone a Valium!  There is some very good science in the companies that went public, and those were covered in my previous post.  Now, a few more of those fledglings will be discussed.

Entana Pharmaceuticals (ENTA) – is riding the hepititis C wave that has engrossed the pharmaceutical industry the past few years.  Vertex (VRTX), Bristol (BMY), Merck (MRK), Gilead (GILD), JnJ (JNJ), and Abbvie (ABBV) are all in the space.  Even so, a few biotechs…
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Biotech Galore – IPOs and More

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Come and get it!  Read all about it! Biotechs, biotechs and more biotechs to buy buy buy for your portfolio! To date, almost 30 biotech companies have hit the market.  Most of the time, there are fewer than 10-12!

For the last five years, biotechs have had issues obtaining offer prices above expectations.  In 2013, that trend looks to be broken.  According to BiotechNow, the offer prices are 4% above expectations!  In addition, biotechs are going public with little more than a wing and a prayer (pre-clinical or Phase 1 data only).  Really? What this means is that the drug or technology looks good in mice, rats, or dogs, etc, but there is no smidgen of evidence that it will work in humans. That's what is called an appitite for RISK!

Of the thirty or so companies, several came out of the gate and have done quite well (figures from BiotechNow):

                        

Those are some impressive numbers, but what do the companies have that make them attractive?

Epizyme (EPZM) – One of the 'darling' companies of the IPO market, EPZM has moved into the heavens with its stock price, and a market cap of almost $1B for two Phase 1 programs that look very interesting, but have no validated human data.

The company is working on cancer, and more specifically histone methyltransferases (HMTs referred to hereafter).  This family of enzymes are involved in the winding and unwinding of DNA.  So, in cancer, if the specific enzyme that unwinds DNA is over expressed (more of it), then cancer cells can multiply faster.  EPZM is looking at two specific HMTs, DOT1L and EZH2. 

DOT1L inhibitor, EPZ-5676, is a small molecule inhibitor of created for the treatment of acute leukemias in which the MLL gene is rearranged due to a chromosomal translocation (MLL-r). Due to the translocation, DOT1L is recruited to specific locations in the chromosome where it would not normally be present. As a result, DOT1L causes inappropriate methylation at these locations, which results in the increased expression of genes causing…
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Pet Meds – Still Chugging Along

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Readers of PSW Chat know that I have long been a fan of pet companies, especially those with branded products that owners pay out of pocket to keep their animals healthy.  The industry continues to expand, whether it is food, supplies, medicines or purchasing animals themselves.  In fact, from 1994 to 2012, the industry has tripled from $17 to $53B.  For 2013, the growth estimates are a modest 4.1%.

  2012 2013
U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures (from APPA) in $B
Food 20.6 21.3
Supplies/OTC Meds 12.7 13.2
Vet Care 13.7 14.2
Animal Purchase 2.2 2.3
Pet Services (Grooming/Boarding) 4.2 4.5

Getting a foold suppliment or additive is not really that hard in the industry, but the branded medications/vaccines/antiboitics are much like the human path to the market.  Rigid clinical trials are done, and today over 300 products are approved for use in companion animals (dogs, cats and horses).  With most of the revenues coming from out-of-pocket funds, the market is ripe for smaller competitors to enter and be swallowed up by larger companies.

In the past few months, Pfizer (PFE) has spun off their animal health division Zoetis (ZTS), and a pet biotech Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) went public.  Merck, Eli Lilly, andSanofi have their pet divisions as well, and David Krempa (Morningstar) calls the animal health industry “a really attractive business to be in, more so than human pharma.”

It is time to look at a few of these public companies, and at PSW (in member chat), positions were intiated in ZTS and PETX.

Zoetis (ZTS) – is a global manufacturer of >300 medicines and vaccines products and currently has a market cap of about $15.3B (forward P/E is…
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Give Them an Inch, They Will Take a Mile

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Well, well, well….it is good to know that there are others in the scientific arena who believed that YMI Bioscience's data (cough – Gilead) is a better drug than Incyte's Jakafi.  Now, the definitive data are still unknown, but there was enough evidence from a Phase 2 trial to take a small risk for a huge reward.  So, let's forget about Apple (AAPL), and do nothing but biotechs from now until Congress passes universal health care coverage for prescriptions….and drive the prices down so that research and development is no longer feasible to conduct in the US. Even Seattle Genetics (SGEN) has been on a tear as of late, and I expect more from it in the future. Its future may be short lived, as it is my premise that it will be bought out for its technology and pipeline.

At PSW we continue to sell premium against a position.  We have been doing this for many months, especially against a basket of biotechs that we have been buying and holding (CRIS, PLX, EXEL, and others). 

Let's take a look at a few other companies pipelines, and see if they are worthy of our funds.

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (MACK) – the company was founded in 2000 and went IPO at the end of March 2012 for $7.  The IPO, in which all outstanding shares of Merrimack's convertible preferred stock were converted into 66,255,529 shares of common stock and in which Merrimack issued 15,042,459 new shares of common stock, yields a market cap of $591M.  Cash and equivalents on hand were about $80M, and a loan guarantee they note should get them into 2014, but raising money is something that Biotechs do on a regular basis.  So, we will not hold our breath.  In the last six months, insider ownership has increased by 2.8%, while institutional ownership has increased by a staggering 34% (here).

 

The company's lead drug is MM-398, which is a nanoliposomal encapsulation of the conventional chemotherapy Camptostar (irinotecan; Pfizer). 

is put in to make it last longer in the body as well as potentially attain drug concentrations required for optimum therapeutic efficacy in the target site while minimizing adverse effects on healthy cells and tissues. …
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Monoclonal Antibodies (Part 2)

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Monoclonal Antibodies (Part 2)

(See also: Monoclonal Antibodies Part 1)

Courtesy of 

In Part 1 of Monoclonal Antibody Companies, I highlighted a leader in the field, Seattle Genetics (SGEN). It's technology incorporates monoclonal antibodies (mAb), and also allows for having a drug ‘tagged’ on the mAb, so that when the mAb attaches to a cell, it is ‘ingested’ into the cell, and the drug is released. The antibody-drug combination is called an antibody-drug conjugate (ADCs). ADCs are "empowered" antibodies. They are designed to use the targeting ability of the antibody to precisely deliver the toxic drug where it's needed, increasing its effectiveness and decreasing side effects.

Think of the technology as a bunker buster bomb, that is guided by a laser, hits its target, penetrates, and then destroys all from within.  Seattle Genetics has licensed its technology to several companies. Other companies are involved in this kind of research as well.

Antibodies are used by the immune system to clear pathogens from the body. The antibody protein is in the shape of a Y, where the trunk is the effector region (similar in most antibodies) and the ends of the Y are the variable regions (paratope) that bind the pathogen (antigen).

Antibodies are produced by B-cells and used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign material such as bacteria and viruses. There are several types of antibodies made for the defense of the body. (More here)

ImmunoGen, Inc. (IMGN, $12.92) was a pick several years ago…
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Biotechs Galore – A Few For Consideration

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Biotech Corner: Monoclonal Antibody Companies (Part 1)

From The latest Market Shadows newsletter: A Failure to Communicate: Numbers, Rates & Lies

By Pharmboy

Biotech stocks are my passion. My alter-ego is a scientist, working in the field of biotech, and I love it.

The days of becoming the next Genentech or Amgen are over. Big Pharma will become the juggernauts that will sell and market the drugs, while smaller companies will fill the pipelines and keep the juggernauts running.  Premiums being paid to buy phase 1 compounds are increasing. Phase 1 includes all preclinical testing. The larger companies are paying 100M for phase 1 compounds, whereas it only takes about 25M to get to phase 1. (Phase 1 compounds are those that have completed very early trials, but for which there is no efficacy data yet.)

Typically, biotechs are more efficient than Big Pharma companies. The return on investments for biotech companies, if they are efficient and successful, is north of 300%. That is not a bad return….but biotechs are high risk and often have many failures that eat into those potential gains.

I am going to focus on a few companies that have a communal relationship to a technology – the monoclonal antibody (mAb) technology. Monoclonal antibody technology had its first success in 1986, when muromonab was approved for transplant rejection. mAb’s are specific to a particular target.  When a mAb binds to its target, it stimulates an immune response. The immune system then attacks the target and ‘kills’ the target.

Monoclonal Ab technology has exploded, with ‘tags’ now being attached to the mAb. Those tags can be radionucleotides, anti-neoplastic agents, other antibody-drug conjugates (ADC), and other proteins.  All of these tags are released when the mAb binds to its target, the conjugates then perform their actions. There is a very good review here.

 

 

There are several companies that have employed the technology of attaching a drug (ADC) to their specific mAb. One company that has both in-house and licensed-out technology is Seattle Genetics (SGEN, $25.31). SGEN is poised for growth – IF a few of its mAb’s prove to be effective in treading various blood cancers. The company licenses out its technology to Roche (Genentech), Celldex (CDLX), Progenics (PGNX), Abbott (ABT), Astellas and many other companies for various types of cancer.…
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Phil’s Stock World – Vegas Style

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Greetings members….and welcome back from a fabulous time in Vegas, and then a little time for a Thanksgiving filled with friends and family. 

PSW in Vegas had a great turn out, and lots of questions were asked and answered by Phil, Craigzooka, Ron and Pharm.  A very big thanks to Savi and LVModa for making the time spent efficient and productive!  Now, on to a summary of the presentations.

As always, for any new members, things started off with how to manage a portfolio.   The amount that the portfolio has in it is not important, it is how those funds are deployed.  When first joining PSW, many think that they should jump right in and start trading with Phil and the like, as every trade appears like a winner.  But, that is not what the board is about….it is about sustaining our funds, and letting it grow through time.

With that in mind, The Man Who Planted Trees is where to start the PSW experience.

 

Instead of writing a summary about the video, take the time to watch it.  Think about its message, and how it relates to your investing style.

Being in Vegas, Phil pointed out that the city was built on "being the house."  The stock market is nothing more than gambling.  One 'invests' in companies 'betting' that the value of that investment will grow with time.  If one invests in a stock, why not collect rent on that investment – selling calls and puts against the position.  If the company pays a dividend, then that is an added bonus.  By selling 'premium,' one is being the house.  When selling the puts, though, it is important to remember that one better 'damn' well want to own the stock at that price, or have a counter move to buffer any potential moves in the stock price.  Hence, the buy-write method, where one can own the stock for a 20% discount.

This is a simple way to invest (gamble), and it is good to re-evaluate every month or so if the positions are long term buy-writes – meaning out 3 mo or more.

A side note:  Apple (AAPL) was a mainstay of many conversations, and it is my personal belief that investors (gamblers) should stay away from this stock. …
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Still Here, Just Waiting…..Biotechs Are In a Holding Pattern

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A few months have passed since my last post, as there has been things happening in the biotech world, but nothing 'new' enough to jump on board and get behind.  Drug development is a long, arduous process, and clinical trials are the worst.  The smaller the diseases are in a population, the longer it takes to enroll, test and then post results. 

At PSW, we have been patient investors in MITI (bought by Amgen), CRIS, EXEL, SGEN and many others, and waiting in the wings are CLDX, YMI, and now PGNX.  I noted several years ago, that cancer and neuroscience are the final frontiers to conquer, and they remain today where they were then…so time does not change things that fast!  Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are pretty well served with existing therapies, and yes, there will be a few that creep into the space, but overall these diseases needs are met.  The hottest areas in pharma today remain small, elusive, and lucrative diseases that demand a premium – cancer and fibrosis.

Fibrosis is another topic, and in the next few months, an article or two will go over some new therapies for fibrosis, which can manifest itself in several different disease types (IPF, kidney, scleroderma, etc).  For now, this article will focus on cancer treatments, and more specifically, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that have attached to them a chemotherapeutic.

First, a short summary on mAbs and how they work. 

Antibodies are used by the immune system to clear pathogens from the body.  The antibody protein is in the shape of a Y, where the trunk is the effector region (similar in most antibodies) an the ends of the Y are the variable regions (paratope) that bind the pathogen (antigen). 

Antibodies are produced by B-cells that is used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses. There are several types of antibodies made for the defense of the body, and they can be read about here.

Scientists figured out how to manufacture antibodies to a specific antigen in the late 1970s, but it was not until the '80s that the use became more feasible.  Mouse hybrids were the first antibodies used (called chimeric…
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2012 Vegas Information for PSW Members

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Last year, members gathered around a few tables and enjoyed meeting each other and listening to all our recent disasters on investing.  Phil talked about managing portfolios, and rambled here and there about how great Pharmboy was ( :) ).  No, really, the time was well spent, LVModa put on a good venue for us to eat, drink, chat, and most importantly, learn.

This year we hope to have more members show up and give their take on trading, investing, as well as just meet who is whom behind the mask. Details are noted below on who, where, and when.

Who:  PSW memebers – open to anyone who want wants to pay Savi

Where:  Las Vegas – many stayed at the Vdara, but the meetings took place at Cafe Moda LV, 3400 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

When:  November 10-12

  • Saturday Night ~7 meet for dinner (dutch payment, probably Nobu) also poker for those interested.
  • Sunday 11 am – lunch at Cafe Moda, Meeting until about 4
    • Opening Remarks – Phil
    • BBBW – Ron
    • TA & Pharma Investing – Pharmboy
    • Open Mike!
  • Monday 6 am – breakfast and be there before the market opens until market closing (about 1 pm)

Costs: $200 deposit, minimum of 25 members, maximum 50 members.  Money pays for Cafe Moda venue, internet access, lunch (Nov 11) and breakfast (Nov 12).

Pay Savi S. via Paypal.  Contact info is savi_ted at hotmail dot com





 

Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-get-shadowfax-out-from-the-darkness-of-medical-bills-/126743

Thank you for you time!

 
 

Chart School

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Saudi Cleric Blasts Twitter As "Source Of All Evil" As Riyal Slides To Lowest Since 2008

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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Biotechs & Bubbles

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Well PSW Subscribers....I am still here, barely.  From my last post a few months ago to now, nothing has changed much, but there are a few bargins out there that as investors, should be put on the watch list (again) and if so desired....buy a small amount.

First, the media is on a tear against biotechs/pharma, ripping companies for their drug prices.  Gilead's HepC drug, Sovaldi, is priced at $84K for the 12-week treatment.  Pundits were screaming bloody murder that it was a total rip off, but when one investigates the other drugs out there, and the consequences of not taking Sovaldi vs. another drug combinations, then things become clearer.  For instance, Olysio (JNJ) is about $66,000 for a 12-week treatment, but is approved for fewer types of patients AND...



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