Krystal Biotech (#KRYS) is using a novel gene therapy platform to treat various rare diseases. Their primary indication is Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (DEB) with an upcoming Phase 3 readout in 2021. Michael McGuire from WX Capital and I discuss the bull case for rare disease indications, the epidemiology of DEB and what the company might price the drug at. We also talk price targets and timing, which more often than not, is the most important factor when making a trade.
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In this video, I talk about Sarepta and their issues regarding the CRL received for Golodirsen. I also take a close look at Iovance Biotherapeutics and their tumor infiltrating lymphocyte cell therapy for cancer treatment.
Hey everybody, hope you’re all doing well! In this video, I talk about Pfizer’s DMD gene therapy update that indicates continued Sarepta hegemony in the space. I also talk about ContraVir and their NASH drug, CRV431.
I must have drank too much coffee before recording because I made more than a couple errors this time around. So, if you’re an audio-only listener and hear something that doesn’t sound right, double check the video version, which corrects the mistakes via captions or has it written properly even though I say it wrong (i.e. I say 3E16 when 3E13 is clearly written on the slide).
Thanks to everyone for listening and do your own due diligence if you are considering investing, this is not a substitute for investment advice.
On this episode, I talk about results from the Gilead Phase 3 NASH trial that announced no improvement in patients treated with Selonsertib (ASK1 inhibitor). I also talk about the DBVT BLA resubmission and a hot hot Q319 trading idea on CBIO.
Sarepta took a hit from their latest Micro-Dystrophin gene therapy trial update despite showing robust expression in all 4 patients, confirmed by protein analyses and behavioral improvements.
In this video, I go through the details of muscular dystrophy, the current treatment options and how this new therapy could significantly improve patients outcomes.
-Sangamo Therapeutics recently announced their Phase 1/2 data for the treatment of MPS II/Hunter Syndrome
-The market reacted negatively to the news because of the uncertainty associated with unclear IDS activity and unclear metrics for successful approval by the FDA
I misspoke a couple times:
-Around 2:00 I say the breakdown products can be detected in the blood/urine. The uGAG measurements are not the breakdown products but the actual targets of IDS, which are what is measured in the blood/urine.
-Around 3:30 I talk about the expression of the transgene. The AAV will circulate and infect a variety of cells. The gene editing will take place after albumin promoter of the genome, which is only active in hepatocytes. Hepatocytes will be the only cell type to express the transgene, and the product will circulate in the blood to other tissues.
-What does $SGMO need to accomplish for investigators on the trial to feel comfortable switching off ERT? Is there a GAG reduction sufficient for this? If so, is urine GAG really the right assay to determine whether a patient is benefiting?
Note: I meant to say that sub-1% factor activity is SEVERE hemophilia. Normal is from 50% to 150%.
Today I talk again about Zogenix because I was wrong about Study 2 being priced in! Congrats to the ZGNX holders. I also talk about the new FDA guidelines on gene therapy for hemophilia and its implications for spark tx ($ONCE).