Seven pharmaceutical stocks that stand to win beyond the Covid-19 chase

InvestorPlace | July 15, 2020

Seven pharmaceutical stocks that stand to win beyond the Covid-19 chase
It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees in markets like this. Especially when it comes to pharmaceutical stocks. What I mean is that, in some sectors, there are great stocks that get overlooked because a few of them are working on event-driven issues, while others are creating long-term solutions to major trends.

This is especially true in the pharmaceutical and biotech spaces right now. Maybe it’s because the Kentucky Derby was postponed, but people are betting on pharmas discovering a vaccine to Covid-19 like it’s the only horse race out there. The fact is, there’s a whole racing season and betting on one horse in one race isn’t successful investing. And neither is betting on pharmaceutical stocks for one medicine.

That’s where my grading system comes in.

Overall, there are plenty of massively successful drugs. However, they’re blockbusters because they can be used for a variety ailments. Or, the top companies have a strong pipeline of drugs that address issues that are important to a large number of people.

Spotlight

Too much insulin often leads to type 2 diabetes. Now, UPI reports Danish researchers have discovered a protein responsible for producing insulin, which may lead to improved treatment. The protein GRP94 helps to fold proinsulin within the pancreas, ultimately converting it into insulin. Researchers were able to remove the GRP94 to significantly reduce the production of insulin without affecting the productivity of beta cells in the pancreas.

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PHARMACY MARKET

AIkido Pharma Announces Strategic Interest in ASP Isotopes Inc.

AIkido Pharma Inc. | December 07, 2021

AIkido Pharma Inc. announced that the Company secured a strategic equity interest in ASP Isotopes, Inc., which focuses on the non-nuclear supply of enriched isotopes. ASP Isotopes' Aerodynamic Separation Process is a method of enriching molybdenum-100 which is a stable isotope of molybdenum. Technetium-99m is the most used radioisotope in the nuclear imaging industry, but the supply chain, which involves the radioactive decay of molybdenum-99 has been fraught with problems during the last 20 years. Mo-100 can be converted into Technetium-99m closer to the point of care thus eliminating the complex supply chain that currently exists and the risk of a supply interruption to the hospital and radiological pharmacy. ASP Isotopes is currently constructing a 20 Kg/year production plant in South Africa during 2021/22. There has been significant interest from potential customers for volumes exceeding 100% of the capacity of the first manufacturing plant. The company intends to enter into "take or pay" style offtake agreements with customers and by 2028, ASP Isotopes Inc intends to be a leading supplier of non-nuclear enriched isotopes generating over $150 million in EBITDA per annum. "The ASP Technology has been developed over the last 18 years. Following this capital raise, we believe that we are in a strong position to complete our first manufacturing plant for Molybdenun-100. Given the inherent challenging nature of the current supply chain, there has been considerable interest from potential customers, and we look forward to beginning commercial operations in the future. We would like to thank AIkido Pharma for their strategic investment in ASP Isotopes and we look forward to delivering extraordinary shareholder returns during the next several years". Paul Mann, Chairman and CEO of ASP Isotopes Anthony Hayes, CEO of AIkido, noted, "This clearly exemplifies another high growth opportunity for us with a potential monetization event in the first half of 2022. ASP's unique technology, large market opportunity, notable investors and well accomplished management team are what initially attracted us to this opportunity. Our strategic investment in ASP Isotopes is exciting as they may have the best solution to help solve the current supply chain issue of a potential supply side shock with their Aerodynamic Separation Process. The Mo-99 market is currently estimated to be valued at $3.8 billion per year but with nine out of ten facilities expected to close within 10 years many governments and companies are exploring alternative methods of producing MO-99. We remain focused on continuing to acquire assets in our space that we believe will create shareholder value and possible monetization in the next 6-9 months." About ASP Isotopes Inc. ASP Isotopes Inc. was incorporated in 2021 and is an isotope enrichment company. The company utilizes technology developed in South Africa over the past 20 years to enrich isotopes of elements or molecules with low atomic masses. Many of these elements are unsuitable for enrichment using traditional methods such as centrifuges. The company's first commercial product will be Molybdenum 100, which has the potential to replace Molybdenum 99, a commonly used product in the diagnostic imaging market. About AIkido Pharma Inc. AIkido Pharma Inc. was initially formed in 1967 and is a biotechnology Company with a diverse portfolio of small-molecule anti-cancer therapeutics. The Company's platform consists of patented technology from leading universities and researchers, and we are currently in the process of developing an innovative therapeutic drug platform through strong partnerships with world renowned educational institutions, including The University of Texas at Austin and University of Maryland at Baltimore. Our diverse pipeline of therapeutics includes therapies for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. We are constantly seeking to grow our pipeline to treat unmet medical needs in oncology. The Company is also developing a broad-spectrum antiviral platform that may potentially inhibit replication of multiple viruses including Influenza virus, SARS-CoV (coronavirus), MERS-CoV, Ebolavirus and Marburg virus. Additionally, the Company has interests in high growth opportunities in diverse sectors with potential near term monetization events.

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PHARMA TECH

FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Designation to JelikaLite

JelikaLite Corp | January 07, 2022

JelikaLite Corp, a medical technology company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted the Breakthrough Device Designation to its Cognilum System for the reduction of symptoms of moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder in pediatric patients who are 2 to 6 years of age. The FDA’s Breakthrough Device Program recognizes medical devices that meet the criteria and hold the potential for more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating human disease or condition. Data from a pilot study suggests that Cognilum, a wearable medical device, can significantly improve the symptoms of children living with autism. If approved, it will offer families access to a home-based, easy-to-use, and cost-effective treatment for children with autism not available anywhere else. Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impacts families around the globe. JelikaLite Corp. believes that it can provide relief to patients and families by reducing children's autism symptoms. Children will be able to better integrate into the society and have more fulfilling lives. Their caregivers can lead less stressful lives and both insurance companies and the government will be able to spend less money on effective intervention, special education and lifelong residential care. The Breakthrough Device Designation for Cognilum was based on the results of a double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial of 30 pediatric patients with moderate to severe autism. The trial showed both safety and efficacy of this technology. By combining non-invasive brain stimulation with near-infrared light, EEG sensors, and AI personalization platform, Cognilum demonstrated improvements in autism symptoms through gains in communication and daily living skills. "We are thrilled that the FDA recognizes that we are developing a novel technology with a potential to change the landscape in the current approach to Autism. For some of the participants in our active condition, the positive change was so dramatic that their parents expressed their desire to continue the treatment even after the study was over. We recognize that Autism is a spectrum, and no two children are alike; our ultimate goal is to develop a personalized approach to every child based on their unique needs and challenges.” Dr. Eugenia Steingold, Chief Science Officer of JelikaLite JelikaLite’s vision is to bring Cognilum into the homes of families raising children with autism around the globe. This device is truly unique as it seeks to offer a personalized treatment for each child with an integrated feedback loop for both caregivers and doctors. About JelikaLite Based in New York, JelikaLite was launched in 2019 to develop Cognilum™, an innovative solution to permanently reduce children's autism symptoms, enabling better integration into society and reducing lifelong costs. Cognilum™ is a data-device integrated system, where a wearable non-invasive therapeutic medical device that provides neurostimulation treatment is combined with an AI personalization platform. JelikaLite has been founded and run by a multidisciplinary team, with experts in autism clinical therapy, transcranial photobiomodulation, commercialization of medical devices, artificial intelligence, product management, and finance.

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Neurimmune expands drug discovery collaboration with Ono Pharmaceutical in the field of neurodegenerative diseases

Neurimmune | January 17, 2022

Neurimmune AG today announced that it has signed an expanded drug discovery collaboration agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. The collaboration is focused on creating antibody drugs against new therapeutic targets in the field of neurodegenerative diseases utilizing Neurimmune's proprietary Reverse Translational Medicine™ technology platform, a unique antibody drug creation approach. In November 2017, Ono and Neurimmune signed a first drug discovery collaboration agreement to identify and develop human antibodies using the RTM™ technology platform. In the new collaboration, the companies aim to generate and validate human-derived monoclonal antibodies against Ono's newly selected drug targets. Ono will obtain exclusive rights for worldwide development and commercialization of antibody products resulting from the collaboration. Ono will pay to Neurimmune an upfront payment, research fees, success-based milestones on the research and development progress, as well as royalties on product sales. "We are excited to expand our long-term trusted partnership with Ono, a global pioneer of innovative medicines. The joint goal of the collaboration is to discover novel drug candidates for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases using RTM technology." Jan Grimm, CSO of Neurimmune "We extremely appreciate Neurimmune's RTM™ technology platform as an excellent antibody creation technology through our drug discovery projects." said Toichi Takino, Senior Executive Officer / Executive Director, Discovery & Research of Ono Pharmaceutical. "Through this new collaboration, we will expand our central nervous system disease portfolio and work to deliver innovative medicines to patients with neurodegenerative diseases." About Neurimmune Neurimmune is a biopharmaceutical company translating human immune memory into transformative antibody therapeutics. Neurimmune develops drug candidates for CNS and related protein aggregation diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and ATTR cardiomyopathy. Neurimmune discovered aducanumab, a human monoclonal antibody that removes amyloid beta from brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease, and licensed it to Biogen. With its RTM™ technology, Neurimmune also discovered the anti-miSOD1 antibody AP-101 for ALS and the anti-ATTR antibody NI006 for ATTR cardiomyopathy, programs being currently evaluated in clinical trials. Neurimmune has three additional antibody programs in preclinical development, and has recently expanded the spectrum of its treatment modalities by adding a small molecule program and programs involving vectorized expression of human antibody genes.

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Spotlight

Too much insulin often leads to type 2 diabetes. Now, UPI reports Danish researchers have discovered a protein responsible for producing insulin, which may lead to improved treatment. The protein GRP94 helps to fold proinsulin within the pancreas, ultimately converting it into insulin. Researchers were able to remove the GRP94 to significantly reduce the production of insulin without affecting the productivity of beta cells in the pancreas.