Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new oncology therapeutics for the treatment of solid and hematologic cancers. The company has built a highly experienced cancer drug development organization committed to advancing its lead product candidate, vosaroxin, in multiple indications to improve the lives of people with cancer.

Expert Comments:

Maxim Jacobs, Edison Investment Research (8/3/16)
"Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. met the EMA to clarify some of the questions submitted as part of the Qinprezo MAA process. . .the meeting with the EMA to clarify the questions asked in the process is not surprising given that previous approvals for AML in Europe have not been made on the typical intent-to-treat analyses due to the severity of the disease and lack of treatments. . .the company's BTK inhibitor SNS-062 is currently in a Phase Ia dose ranging study in healthy humans, and Sunesis has announced that initial results from the study will be reported at an ESH medical conference on 9-11 September 2016."

Maxim Jacobs, Edison Investment Research (6/23/16)
"Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a pharmaceutical company developing small molecule oncology drugs. Its lead program is Qinprezo [for] relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia. . .the company is also advancing its clinical asset, SNS-062, a novel, non-covalent, oral BTK inhibitor that may work in Imbruvica-relapsed and refractory patients. . .Sunesis is an oncology company with a late-stage asset, potentially near European approval, as well as preclinical assets utilizing promising targets, making it an attractive partner."

Maxim Jacobs, Edison Investment Research (6/22/16)
"Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. reported results from an Phase 1b/2 study sponsored by MD Anderson. . .detailing the effect of a combination of Qinprezo and Dacogen for the front-line treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia [and] myelodysplastic syndrome. . .the 63-person open-label trial demonstrated a median overall survival of 16.1 months at the 70mg/m2 Qinprezo dose, over twice that of either of the drugs alone. . .we are increasing our valuation. . .this increase reflects the encouraging results from the Qinprezo/Dacogen combination study and a potential new path to approval in frontline AML."

Hartaj Singh, BTIG Research (5/10/16)
"Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. provided a deeper dive into the SNS-062 program where the first subject was dosed in 1Q16 and where preclinical data from AACR 2015 leads us to believe that this molecule could be a blockbuster in patients with acquired resistance mutations to BTK inhibitors like ibrutinib. We stay bullish. . .we believe that by 2020E, there will be ~150-200K patients treated by ibrutinib. Assuming a 10% to 15% resistance-mutation rate, there should be ~17K to 28K such patients by 2020E, potentially a multibillion market opportunity for SNS-062. We are very intrigued."

Maxim Jacobs, Edison Investment Research (4/21/16)
"Significant potential remains in Europe where Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Qinprezo has data comparable to those used in other related approvals. The company is also advancing SNS-062, a novel non-covalent, oral BTK inhibitor that may work in Imbruvica relapsed and refractory patients."

Hartaj Singh, BTIG Research (4/18/16)
"Near-term focus remains on European Union (EU) feedback on Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s (Buy, $2.50 price target) vosaroxin application; other catalysts are progression of a U.S. filing strategy for vosaroxin and more color on the BTK inhibitor SNS-062 and the EU dose ranging trials. We stay bullish."

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Experts Following This Company

Matthew Andrews, Equity Senior Analyst – Wells Fargo Securities
Mara Goldstein, Senior Analyst – Cantor Fitzgerald
Maxim Jacobs – Edison Investment Research
Alan Leong, CEO – BioWatch News
David Nierengarten, Research Analyst – Wedbush
Hartaj Singh, Biotechnology Analyst – BTIG Research
George Zavoico, Senior Equity Analyst – JonesTrading

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Investing Highlights
Totality of VALOR data shows compelling risk-benefit trade-off in disease with significant unmet need
Relapsed/refractory AML is a significant commercial opportunity with no approved agents
Company's kinase inhibitor pipeline is poised to progress to the clinic in 2015 and 2016