Streetwise Interviews



Nobilis Moves Forward with New President and New Canaccord Coverage
Source: The Life Sciences Report  (7/20/16)
Under the guidance of newly appointed president Kenneth Efird, Nobilis Health Corp. plans to continue to roll out new products and optimize its marketing strategy. More >


DURECT's Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Poised for FDA Approval
Source: Tracy Salcedo of The Life Sciences Report  (7/13/16)
Oxycodone is a powerful and lucrative painkiller, but one with serious downsides. Dependency on the opioid has become a major issue medically, politically and, most profoundly, for the patients whose addictions have become debilitating or fatal. DURECT Corp.'s Remoxy, an abuse-deterrent formulation of oxycodone, has an FDA approval date of Sept. 25, 2016, and may provide a safer alternative. More >


How Sick Will Brexit Make Biotech and Pharma?
Source: Tracy Salcedo of The Life Sciences Report  (6/29/16)
In tandem with the broader markets, the biotech indices reeled on the news of Britain's vote to exit the European Union. Given the uncertainty and dire economic forecasts, The Life Sciences Report has reviewed commentary from sector experts and biotech publications to help investors understand what Brexit might mean for the industry. More >


Jason McCarthy

Partnerships Propel Stellar Biotechnologies' Vaccine Technology
Source: Tracy Salcedo of The Life Sciences Report  (6/22/16)
Maxim analyst Jason McCarthy sees nothing but blue sky for Stellar Biotechnologies Inc., even though its product originated in the deep blue sea. With blockbuster indications like cancer, lupus and Alzheimer's disease being targeted by partners, and a manufacturing process sure to satisfy regulators, McCarthy lays out a value proposition for Stellar's KLH that investors should not ignore. More >


Soligenix Develops Defenses Against Bioterrorism
Source: Staff of The Life Sciences Report  (6/15/16)
Maxim Group biotech analyst Jason Kolbert notes "steady progress" is being made by Soligenix Inc., a small-cap biotech with programs addressing bioterrorism threats and a devastating side effect of cancer treatment, in his Q1/16 update on the company. More >


George Mack

Investment in Cell and Gene Therapies Ramps Up
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (6/8/16)
After decades of disappointment, cell therapies and gene therapies are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Investors, investigators, clinicians, and patients with serious unmet needs are watching pivotal trials move into the home stretch. Yes. . .pivotal data are actually on the way. More >


Punit Dhillon

OncoSec Delivers Cancer Therapy Straight to the Tumor
Source: Special to The Life Sciences Report  (6/1/16)
Cancer patients often receive multiple rounds of chemotherapy, with new drugs incorporated into treatment programs as tumors develop resistance. OncoSec Medical Incorporated's Punit Dhillon describes how his company is challenging that paradigm with a proprietary platform that delivers therapeutic agents directly to the tumor, while also laying a foundation for expanded use of combination immunotherapies at the forefront of cancer treatment. More >


Kolin Ozonian

How Nobilis Health Will Break Out of the Healthcare Payment Mold
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report   (5/25/16)
Managing both acquisitions and internal growth at the same time is difficult for most small companies, akin to drinking water and singing at the same time. Not so for Nobilis Health Corp., which is orchestrating the flow of new patients to its ambulatory surgical centers while it adds an ensemble of new clinics, resulting in harmonious revenue. The conductor is merger-and-acquisition specialist Kolin Ozonian, who brings years of business development experience in large-cap healthcare to this small-cap enterprise. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Ozonian discusses his company's newest technology and talks about how Nobilis will achieve critical mass. More >


Charles Duncan

With Potential Vaccines for Cancer, Ebola and Zika, Inovio Could Have an Explosive 2016
Source: The Life Sciences Report  (5/18/16)
Recent news from Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc., a small-cap biotech developing immunotherapeutic vaccines that target cancer and infectious diseases like news-making viruses Ebola and Zika, has prompted Piper Jaffray analyst Charles Duncan to reiterate his thesis for investment in the company. More >


Advantage: Australia. Biotechs Surge Ahead in Regenerative Medicine and Immuno-Oncology
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (5/11/16)
Biotech and medtech startups are not confined to the U.S. and Europe. Unmet medical needs exist all over the globe, and they create a powerful vacuum that sucks in bright minds and risk-taking capitalists. Australia is a good example: The regulatory environment supports first-in-human experimentation and entrepreneurship. Healthcare Analyst Dennis Hulme of Edison Investment Research is headquartered in Sydney, and in this interview with The Life Sciences Report, he cites a group of Australian medtech and biotech names that investors should look at very carefully. More >


Domenic Della Penna

Dialing Back Euphoria: The Intellipharmaceutics Prescription for Opioid Abuse
Source: Special to The Life Sciences Report  (5/11/16)
Opioid abuse has moved front and center in the political and social arena, sparked in recent weeks by the still-unexplained death of music legend Prince. Heroin is the headline, but addiction to prescription painkillers, like those reportedly used by the pop icon to control chronic pain, runs a close second. How can the biotech industry deter abuse of drugs like oxycodone? Intellipharmaceutics International has a potential solution, Chief Financial Officer Domenic Della Penna tells The Life Sciences Report, as well as a robust pipeline of generic options for a variety of indications. More >


James Joyce

Exosome Sciences Uncovers Biomarker Candidate to ID Players with CTE
Source: Special to The Life Sciences Report  (5/4/16)
Exosome Sciences, a majority-owned subsidiary of Aethlon Medical Inc., is developing an exosome-based platform to diagnose a broad-spectrum of disease conditions. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Executive Chairman James "Jim" Joyce shares the initial clinical results of a biomarker study to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disorder often found in professional football players through postmortem autopsy. Mr. Joyce reports on the discovery of a TauSome™ biomarker found to be 9x higher, on average, in former National Football League players as compared to control subjects. Exosome Sciences believes its TauSome test may be the first noninvasive candidate to diagnose CTE in living individuals. More >


Jason Napodano

Delving Deep into Immune Pharmaceuticals' Diverse Pipeline
Source: Jason Napodano  (5/4/16)
Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on the treatment of immuno-inflammatory diseases and cancer. The company has several active clinical programs, led by bertilimumab, a first-in-class, fully human IgG4 monoclonal antibody, which is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and skin disorders. Immune Pharma also has a growing presence in immuno-oncology, with the goal to create a fully sustained oncology subsidiary in the near future. In this article for The Life Sciences Report, analyst Jason Napodano digs into the company's pipeline and investment potential. More >


Joseph Pantginis

Let Volatility Power Your Micro-Cap Biotechs
Source: George Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/27/16)
ROTH Capital Partners' Joseph Pantginis falls into that old-fashioned category of analysts who believe that good data can't help but drive a stock, no matter how far into the depths it may have sunk. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Pantginis presents his detailed growth theory on two names, and he leaves two Focus Picks on the table for investors to do further diligence on. More >


Christopher Schaber

Soligenix Fosters Potent Pipeline of Orphan Disease Compounds in Areas of Unmet Medical Need
Source: Special to The Life Sciences Report  (4/27/16)
With a robust pipeline of drugs in late-stage clinical trials and milestones on the horizon, it's no wonder Soligenix Inc.'s CEO, Dr. Christopher Schaber, holds an optimistic view of the company's future. Two candidates targeting orphan diseases—a type of lymphoma and pediatric Crohn's disease—are in Phase 3, a treatment for oral mucositis is in Phase 2, and Soligenix's biodefense vaccine and therapeutic platform is backed by significant government funding. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Dr. Schaber expands on the status of the company's portfolio. More >


Dr. Stuart Holden

What Andy Grove and Michael Milken Have Taught Us About Prostate Cancer
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report   (4/20/16)
Solid tumors are typically managed with surgical resection, chemotherapy, radiation and biologics, but it's the secondary tumor mass, the metastasis, that kills patients. Dr. Stuart Holden of the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology understands the importance of targeting metastatic disease, which is driven by different genetic factors than the primary tumor from which it arose—a fact that oncologists are just now coming to grips with. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Dr. Holden describes an essential target in aggressive prostate cancers, and a drug with the potential to address that target and extend the lives of thousands of men. More >


Michael Becker

Relmada Therapeutics Launches Pharmaceutical Armada Against Chronic Pain and Opioid Abuse
Source: Special to The Life Sciences Report  (4/20/16)
To treat chronic pain without risk of addiction is to straddle a knife's edge. But Relmada Therapeutics Inc. has a small fleet of compounds in development that address both sides of an issue that has become a newsmaker, given the recent upsurge in heroin addiction and the ever-present conundrum of alleviating severe pain in chronic disease and after surgery. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Relmada's Michael Becker describes the company's programs, which are advancing steadily toward the marketplace.
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George Zavoico

Drug Pricing, Presidential Politics, and Three Biotechs with Promise
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/13/16)
While the vagaries of the 2016 political season create uncertainty in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, companies are moving ahead with innovative cell therapies, gene therapies and new, safer ways to deliver addictive drugs, and investors find themselves in a position to play the development ideas with varying degrees of risk. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, George Zavoico of Jones Trading Institutional Services explores how the presidential race could affect the biotech industry, and explains the growth prospects of three biotech names that could strike gold. More >


George Zavoico

How Three Companies Have Been Resurrected from Failed Clinical Trials: George Zavoico of JonesTrading
Source: George Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/6/16)
Data can create or destroy the value of a biotech investment in an instant, but hitting or missing an endpoint doesn't always tell the story. For instance, Genentech's Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a blockbuster, bringing in $7.4B in revenue during 2015, but at one point investigators thought it was a complete failure. It took patience, time, additional capital and careful analysis of subpopulations of breast cancer patients to figure out that Herceptin would ultimately save many lives. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, George Zavoico of JonesTrading Institutional Services discusses the growth prospects of three biotech names that have been wrecked and left for dead, but could ultimately resurrect themselves from a misleading pile of rubble.
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Frank Oakes

Stellar Biotechnologies: Cures for Cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, Lupus, and More Underscore the Critical Need to Protect Oceans
Source: Staff of The Life Sciences Report  (4/5/16)
Frank Oakes, the chairman, president and CEO of Stellar Biotechnologies, has a passion for the potential life-saving cures the ocean may provide. His company, a world leader in the production of sustainable, scalable and fully traceable GMP-grade KLH protein, has established research and manufacturing facilities along the Pacific Ocean to produce KLH, and Oakes himself has more than three decades of management experience in aquaculture. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Oakes talks about how he got involved in this exciting and emerging space, and describes the potential Stellar KLH has in the burgeoning field of immunotherapy. More >


David Kalergis

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Takes Aim at Brain Cancer: CEO David Kalergis
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (3/30/16)
It takes extraordinary dexterity to execute a strategic merger, and then to take first steps toward positioning a new molecular entity for a Phase 3 drug trial and potential partnership with a big pharma. That's exactly the inflection point at which Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. finds itself, says CEO David Kalergis. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kalergis lays out Diffusion's plan for pivotal development of its treatment for primary brain cancer, which could drive the company's market cap to valuations that would bring huge upside to investors if successful. More >


Lisa Crossley

Moseda Joins Telus and Apple in the $20B Patient Home Monitoring Sector
Source: Special to The Life Sciences Report  (3/29/16)
Because chronic conditions are difficult to manage by patients at home, with complications, hospitalizations and other expensive interventions sometimes necessary, they account for more than 75% of healthcare costs worldwide. To meet this need, Moseda Technologies has developed innovative, secure mobile software solutions for the $20 billion community/home care market. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Moseda's CEO, Dr. Lisa Crossley, describes the company's comprehensive hardware and software solution, dubbed CareKit, which allows patients to receive high-quality care in the home, improving health outcomes and enhancing quality of life for patients and families while reducing the cost of care. More >


VANC Pharmaceuticals Could Earn 75% Net Margin with OTC Iron Supplement
Source: Nick Hodge, Outsider Club  (3/28/16)
On March 7, VANC Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of a new over-the-counter (OTC) iron supplement called Hema-Fer. As the company gears up to market Hema-Fer across Canada, it is important to understand that VANC sells two types of products: generic prescription drugs and over-the-counter products. More >


How to Trade Sarepta Therapeutics Ahead of ADCOM: Chen Lin
Source: Chen Lin, What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?  (3/24/16)
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (SRPT:NASDAQ) is scheduled to have its FDA Advisory Committee Meeting (ADCOM) to review eteplirsen as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) amenable to exon 51 skipping on April 25, a little over a month from now. According to newsletter writer Chen Lin, this is a huge binary event for the company. In this article, Lin lays out his investment thesis on the stock ahead of the meeting, and his hopes for eteplirsen's approval. More >


Kolin Ozonian

Nobilis Health Doubles Down, Offering Organic Growth and Aggressive Acquisitions: Kolin Ozonian
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (3/23/16)
Businesses can grow in two ways—internally and externally. Nobilis Health Corp. has a voracious appetite for both. The company is a development and management firm that acquires private outpatient surgical centers—in short, it's a business model built on efficiencies. Nobilis scans the market for clinics that can be acquired and scaled up using sophisticated direct marketing approaches. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Nobilis' mergers-and-acquisitions specialist Kolin Ozonian talks about the business model and tells investors how he and the Nobilis team plan to aggressively grow the company. More >


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