Resverlogix (RVX.TO): Update Report 24 July

In the past 6 months, Resverlogix has made important steps towards finalizing its pivotal Phase III BETonMACE trial with its leads product apabetalone in high risk CVD patients with Type 2 diabetes and low HDL. This trial started in November 2015 and exceeded full enrollment of 2,400 patients in March this year. In June, the FDA confirmed that if the Phase III BETonMACE study is successful, it will probably be enough to support the filing and approval of an NDA. The FDA’s feedback is similar to that received previously from European authorities. We have increased our valuation following very encouraging news from the FDA which encouraged us to lower the discount rate and increase the LOA for apabetalone in high risk diabetes and CKD patients. We feel that the company’s current total value should be CAD 3.3 billion, or CAD 19.00 per share.

Addex Therapeutics (ADXN.SW): Update Report 12 July

Addex Therapeutics is a Swiss based biopharmaceutical company that is developing innovative oral therapies with a focus on neurological disorders. Addex’ lead product is dipraglurant that successfully completed a phase IIa POC trial in Parkinson’s disease levodopa induced dyskinesia (PD-LID). The drug is scheduled to start a Phase IIb/III pivotal registration study in PD-LID in the first half of 2019. Another promising program is ADX71441 in addiction. Beginning of this year, Addex announced a strategic partnership with Indivior PLC for the global development and commercialization of ADX71441. The Company’s current cash position has improved dramatically and amounts to CHF 47 million following a successful raise of CHF 40 million and the first payment from its partner Indivior. In all, we have raised our valuation to CHF 300-330 million or CHF 10.50-11.50 per share. 


antonie van leeuwenhoek

(delft, netherlands 1632-1723):

founding father of modern biotechnology

We are proud our firm is named after one of the founding fathers of modern biotechnology: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist that lived in the 17th century: 'The Dutch Golden Age", a period in Dutch history, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. He was a Dutch tradesman and scientist and is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist.

He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology. Using his handcrafted microscopes, he was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms, which he originally referred to as animalculs,and which are now referred to as micro organisms. He was also the first to record microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa, and blood flow in capillaries (small blood vessels). Leeuwenhoek did not author any books; his discoveries came to light through correspondence with the Royal Society, which published his letters.


ProQR Therapeutics (PRQR): Initiating Report 26 April

ProQR Therapeutics is an innovative biopharma company that is developing RNA-based therapeutics for the treatment of severe genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, Leber’s congenital amaurosis Type 10 and dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. The company’s growing pipeline is based on its proprietary technology platform of RNA technologies. Its lead program is eluforsen (formerly QR-010), which is currently in Phase IB for cystic fibrosis. Eluforsen is expected to advance into a phase II study in 2018. We believe the company will aim for a partnership with big pharma in order to focus on its programs in retinal dystrophy. QR-110 is a therapy designed to address the underlying cause of Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA) 10. A Phase 1b/2 trial for QR-110 was initiated in 2017Q4, and we expect initial results in 2018. Using our valuation model and taking into account a potential partnership with eluforsen and future revenues of QR-110, the company’s current total value should be USD 350-400 million, or USD 11.00-12.50 per share. 

Pharming (PHARM.AS): Research Note 17 May

Pharming Group published its 2018Q1 figures which were in line with our expectations. For the first time, the company reached profitability with net profit of EUR 3.3 million. We think it is positive that the company managed to sustain and even slightly improve sales of RUCONEST® compared to the already strong fourth quarter of 2017. The company expects continued growth in revenues, mainly driven by the US sales of RUCONEST®. Pharming also believes it will achieve positive net results throughout the course of the year. Based on our NPV based valuation, we believe that Pharming is still substantially undervalued at the current share price of EUR 1.38. We have increased our valuation for the company and estimate that the company’s current total value should increase from EUR 1.1 billion to EUR 1,6 million, which translates, based on an expected number of issued shares of approximately 657 million, into EUR 2.40 per share.

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Onconova (ONTX): Update Report 10 May 

Onconova Therapeutics (ONTX) is a late stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on the development of innovative small molecule drugs to treat cancer. Its lead product is a small molecule called rigosertib that is currently in Phase III development as a second line treatment for higher risk myelodysplastic syndromes (HR-MDS). During February and April, the company successfully raised in total USD 35.0 million from public offerings. The Company’s current cash position after the cash burn in the first quarter of 2018 and the proceeds of the public offerings, is USD 33.5 million, which is considerably more than the current market cap. We expect the company will be able to sign a lucrative partnering deal as a result of encouraging interim data from the Phase III INSPIRE trial with rigosertib. We feel that the company’s current total value should be USD 267 million, or USD 3.40 per share taking into account a higher LOA and potential partnerships with rigosertib. This represents a substantial upside from the current share price.

Immutep (IMM.AX, IMMP): Update Report 19 April

Immutep, formerly known as Prima BioMed is a leading biotech company in the development of personalized immunocellular therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Its lead product IMP321 (eftilagimod alpha or efti) is in Phase IIb development against metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in combination with chemotherapy and also in Phase I development in melanoma in combination with pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®). It also has two partnered programs with Novartis and GSK. Besides, Immutep recently announced a clinical trial collaboration with Merck MSD to evaluate the combination of efti with Merck’s KEYTRUDA® in patients with NSCLC, head&neck cancer or ovarian cancer in a Phase II trial. Recently, Immutep successfully raised AUD 13.2 million, total cash reach should be enough till end of 2019. Following the positive development of its programs in LAG-3 we have revised our valuation model upwards. We have calculated the present valuation of the company should be AUD 397 million or AUD 0.13 per share.