THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
PharmAust (ASX:PAA) is gearing up to begin a pivotal Phase 2 study in Australia with its lead veterinary drug candidate, monepantel, for the treatment of lymphoma in canines, which if successful, could open the door to human use in a much larger market.
Theralase Technologies (TSXV:TLT; OTCQB:TLTFF) has designed its Phase 2 clinical study in patients with BCG-unresponsive non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) based on FDA industry guidance issued in February 2018.
Hepion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:HEPA), which recently changed its name from ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, is developing targeted therapies for liver disease arising from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and chronic hepatitis virus infection (HBV, HCV, HDV). The company is currently testing its lead drug candidate, CRV431, in Phase 1 trials, and recently submitted an IND to the FDA for the treatment of NASH, which complements Hepion’s current IND for the HBV indication.
PharmaCyte Biotech (OTCQB:PMCB) is developing cellular therapies for its lead pancreatic cancer program and for diabetes that are based on a proprietary cellulose-based live cell encapsulation technology known as a Cell-in-a-Box.
As a director and senior analyst covering the biotechnology sector at Stifel, Derek Archila combines analytic ability and industry experience. He has held executive positions covering biotechnology and specialty pharmaceuticals at Oppenheimer and Leerink.