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Sector Spotlight: Orphan Drug Developers With Significant Upside

RazorPitch CRDL, KNSA

The biotech sector is finally beginning to recover following a two year stretch of underperformance that was largely driven by rising interest rates and other macro factors. Biotech has a track record of strong recoveries, with the sector typically seeing double-digit gains after a downturn. This is something investors shouldn’t ignore. This recent turnaround can be credited to a robust increase in fundraising efforts and an uptick in IPOs, reaching levels not seen since the peak of the mid-pandemic market boom. According to the Financial Times, drug developers raised $6 billion in equity capital markets in January, the largest total since February 2021 – a period when biotech stocks hit their all-time high. Moreover, the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) returned 28.7% over the past six months alone, clearly illustrating investors' rising confidence in the biotech rebound. Identifying biotech stocks with the potential to deliver superior returns is no easy feat. There are specific milestones that companies can achieve to signal positive momentum to investors. For example, smaller biotech companies may have received the nod from regulatory authorities such as the FDA, or new breakthroughs from clinical trials, to offer a compelling investment opportunity. With that in mind, two stocks that investors should consider looking at are Cardiol Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRDL) (TSX:CRDL) and Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KNSA). Cardiol Therapeutics lead product is CardiolRx™, a small molecule therapy that appears on track to bring major disruption to the pericarditis market. CardiolRx™ received a vote of confidence as it was granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) by the FDA for the treatment of pericarditis back in February, illustrating the potential of the drug. Apart from providing a seven-year term of market exclusivity upon final FDA approval, the ODD also positions Cardiol Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRDL) (TSX:CRDL) to be able to leverage a wide range of financial and regulatory benefits, including government grants for conducting clinical trials, waiver of expensive FDA user fees, and certain tax credits. The U.S. Orphan Drug Act is intended to assist and encourage companies to develop safe and effective therapies for the treatment of rare diseases and disorders, defined as one that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. There are approximately 160,000 cases of recurrent pericarditis in the U.S. annually, which includes 38,000 cases with a recurrence. Having secured FDA approval, Cardiol Therapeutics is an exemplary company likely to attract biotech investors seeking assurance in smaller firms. While the stock had a significant rally on the backdrop of this news and continues to show strength, we believe that there is still potential for further upside. Cardiol Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRDL) (TSX:CRDL) is expected to release topline data in June for its Phase 2 MAvERIC-Pilot clinical trial, which if positive, could unlock significant shareholder value. Several analysts have already indicated that they are highly optimistic that the data could be a catalyst, with one analyst noting that “CardiolRx’s potential to be a safe, new approach to RP (recurrent pericarditis) treatment is underappreciated.” CardiolRx™ stands out when compared to the only FDA-approved therapy because it is administered orally and expected to be offered as a first-line therapy for pericarditis, opening it up to an even bigger opportunity as it could be prescribed at the first occurrence. Orphan drugs have become lucrative business opportunities because these drugs command premium drug pricing, with the average price for an orphan drug at $32,000 per year per patient according to a 2021 study published in the journal Rare Diseases & Journal of Orphan Drugs. That could explain why analysts who have been tracking CRDL are so bullish on the stock. For instance, Joe Gantoss of Chimera Research Group says he won’t be surprised to see Cardiol’s price break past the 3-year high at $4.96, while analyst Vernon Bernardino of H.C. Wainwright & Co. reiterated their Buy rating and issued a $9.00 price target. That would imply that Cardiol Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRDL) (TSX:CRDL) has a potential upside of about 300% from its current share price. Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KNSA) offers some insight into the revenue potential of an orphan drug that treats recurrent pericarditis. So far, KNSA has had a great run, gaining about 36% over the past year and trading at about $18.00 per share despite challenges in the sector. It is currently valued at $1.3 billion. Kiniksa’s portfolio of assets includes ARCALYST®, the first and only FDA-approved therapy for recurrent pericarditis. For some context, the FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to ARCALYST® for recurrent pericarditis in 2019; the FDA granted Orphan Drug exclusivity to ARCALYST® in March 2021 for the treatment of recurrent pericarditis and a reduction in the risk of recurrence in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older. The European Commission granted Orphan Drug Designation to ARCALYST for the treatment of idiopathic pericarditis in 2021. Sales of ARCALYST® were $38.5 million in 2021; $122.5 million in 2022; $233.2 million in 2023 further reaffirming the massive revenue potential for treating recurrent pericarditis. For the first quarter of 2024, ARCALYST® sales were $78.9 million representing 85% year-over-year growth. Furthermore, since its launch in April 2021, approximately 2,000 prescribers have written ARCALYST® prescriptions for recurrent pericarditis, illustrating the massive demand for effective recurrent pericarditis therapies. Going forward, Kiniksa anticipates that it will bring in between $370 million and $390 million in 2024, up from the earlier guidance of $360 million to $380 million. The revised outlook represents roughly 63% year-over-year growth at the midpoint. Disclaimers: RazorPitch Inc. "RazorPitch" is not operated by a licensed broker, a dealer, or a registered investment adviser. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investment advice. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides investors a safe harbor in regard to forward-looking statements. 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June 03, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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From Pets To Humans, Telomir Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TELO) Holds The Key To Extending Life, Reversing Aging

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By Meg Flippin, Benzinga Whoever said you can’t turn back time hasn’t heard of telomere gene therapy. A potentially game-changing field in anti-aging treatment, telomere regeneration involves repairing telomeres or the DNA structures that protect the ends of our chromosomes, similar to caps or shoelaces. Numerous studies have shown that fixing them can extend a person’s biological age and even turn back the clock on certain diseases. As we age, our telomeres become shorter, making us more susceptible to age-related diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Telomeres also affect our appearance. Typically, the longer the telomeres, the younger you look. Reversing Aging One Telomere At A Time Repairing Telomeres could prove to be the holy grail of anti-aging treatments, which is why it's a big opportunity. After all, if you could reverse age-related diseases, the benefits could be endless. That’s what Telomir Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: TELO) is hoping proves true with Telomir-1, its potential treatment for age-related conditions. The company says Telomir-1 is the first novel small molecule to lengthen the DNA’s protective telomere caps in order to potentially reverse age-related conditions. The novel molecule – which Telomir is currently testing in mice and dogs, with human clinical trials to come later – binds to critical metals that wear down telomeres. By limiting the availability of metals and interrupting the enzyme function, Telomir-1 seeks to restore cellular metal homeostasis and reverse a person’s biological age. The non-toxic oral therapy provides what the company says is a safe and effective alternative to existing treatments with minimal side effects. Total Addressable Market and investment Opportunity That alone is a big market opportunity for Telomir Pharmaceuticals. The longevity and anti-senescence therapy market is valued at $27.11 billion and is projected to reach $44.92 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% over 2024-2031. Then there’s Alzheimer's, where telomere length has also received attention as a biomarker. Nearly seven million Americans suffer from this disease that attacks memory and cognitive functions. By 2050, that’s forecast to reach close to 13 million. And let's not forget cancer, another area Telomir-1 could prove effective in fighting. The global oncology market size is projected to reach $521.60 billion by 2033, growing at a CAGR of 8.9% from now until then. Positive Preclinical Studies & Effectiveness So far, Telomir is making progress in proving its effectiveness, with early preclinical studies and collaborations with InSilicoTrials indicating Telomir-1's potential efficacy in telomere elongation and age reversal. Positive outcomes in its animal studies include improvements in mobility and cognitive functions, which sets the stage for the company to achieve what it says are significant milestones. Telomir also points to the results of rat and dog studies to be released later this year, which are expected to show Telomir-1’s efficacy and safety profile. That may boost investor confidence as it gets one step closer to human trials. In March, the company presented a scientific poster at the National University Health System of Singapore (NUHS) Centre for Healthy Longevity Conference 2024 with data showing Telomir-1 lengthed three human cell lines: MRC-5 fetal lung fibroblasts, human umbilical endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells. A subsequent poster presentation at the Global Longevity Federation Conference in Las Vegas further demonstrated that total telomere length was augmented following various Telomir-1 treatments. “While more research is needed, these preliminary findings open up the possibility that many diseases long considered inevitable consequences of aging could become avoidable,” said Dr. Michael Roizen, special advisor to Telomir. “This study further demonstrates our belief that Telomir-1 may have the effect of reversing age through telomere regeneration, enabling the production of more stem cells, essentially allowing an individual to repair oneself.” Canine Opportunity Too Telomir is focused on bringing its novel telomere therapy to humans, but it is also going after the canine market, aiming to reverse the aging of America’s best friend. Positive preclinical trials have shown that Telomir-1 may have many applications in the veterinary market. That, too, is a big opportunity for Telomir, given that Americans are poised to spend $156 billion on their pets by the end of this year – with dogs being the most popular pets. The world is getting older, but not necessarily healthier. With age-related diseases exploding, finding ways to reverse the impact of time on our bodies is reaching a fever pitch. Telomir may hold the key to anti-aging with Telomir-1. “It will be a powerful, revolutionary change. Every country in the world would want to use this product,” said Telomir CEO Chris Chapman, if it works on humans. “If we can stop the aging process we can stop age-related diseases.” Featured photo by digitale.de on Unsplash. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. 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May 31, 2024 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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BioHarvest Sciences Reports Robust Q1 2024 Financial Growth and Strategic Expansion Plans

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BioHarvest Sciences CEO Ilan Sobel joined Steve Darling from Proactive to share the company's financial and operational results for the first quarter of 2024. The company reported significant revenue growth in Q1 2024, with revenues increasing by 147% to $5.34 million, compared to $2.2 million in the same period of the previous financial year. This also represents an 18% increase from the preceding Q4 2023. Previous guidance for Q1 2024 was $5.2-5.3 million. This impressive performance was driven by continued strong sales of VINIA®, which fueled revenue growth in the Products division. Sobel highlighted that gross margins in Q1 2024 improved to 56%, compared to 37% in the same period of the prior financial year. In the U.S., total subscribers increased by 122%, while marketing and sales expenditures rose by only 39% compared to the same period in the previous year. This indicates a highly efficient growth strategy that has maximized subscriber acquisition without a proportional increase in spending. Management has set optimistic expectations for Q2 2024, projecting revenues in the range of $5.7 to $6.0 million. The company also anticipates reaching EBITDA break-even in the second half of 2024. This financial milestone is expected to be supported by the launch of a new Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) business unit. This unit has already signed two significant contracts: one to develop patentable, plant-based molecules for a Nasdaq-listed pharmaceutical company, and another for a leader in the nutrition and ingredients industry. Furthermore, BioHarvest Sciences is on track to uplist to the Nasdaq exchange in the second half of 2024. This strategic move is expected to enhance the company's visibility and attract a broader base of investors, providing further growth opportunities. Sobel expressed confidence in the company's direction and highlighted the importance of the new CDMO unit in diversifying BioHarvest Sciences' revenue streams. The development of plant-based molecules aligns with the company's commitment to innovation and sustainability, positioning it at the forefront of the biotech industry. Contact Details Proactive North America +1 604-688-8158 NA-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

May 31, 2024 08:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Crucial Role of Gut Health Transforming Gut Health through Nutrition

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Is your diet supporting your gut health effectively? Recently, Registered Dietician and MyFitnessPal Scientific Advisory Council member, Maya Feller, conducted a satellite media tour to explain better eating habits that support gut health to enhance your focus, energy, mood, sleep, and weight. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/rjznUQsEet0 According to a recent MyFitnessPal survey 1 86% of people say they’re aware of the importance of maintaining gut health and 43% actively seek out gut health-related information. However, only 18% consider themselves to be “very” knowledgeable about what contributes to gut health. In response, the no. 1 global nutrition and food tracking app, MyFitnessPal collaborated with MyFitnessPal Scientific Advisory Council Member Dr. Janese Laster, to create the Gut Health Nutrition Plan, available now to all members for free in the MyFitnessPal app. Those who opt into the week-long plan will have access to nutrition ideas and suggestions, quizzes that test knowledge and assess current eating habits, and daily check-ins that encourage reflection on progress and current knowledge to help enable behavior change and fuel motivations. MyFitnessPal’s survey found that despite 85% of people trying to incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into their diet to improve gut health, only 2% are consuming more than 20 fruits and vegetables each week. To bring even more awareness to a person’s food intake, MyFitnessPal introduced a free feature, Food Group Insights, which gives members an overview of the number of foods they logged in a week categorized by food groups. And for those wondering how to get gut-healthy foods on their plate, MyFitnessPal introduced a new gut health recipe collection featuring high-fiber recipes that include a variety of fruits and vegetables. To learn more, download the MyFitnessPal app on iOS and Android or visit MYFITNESSPAL.COM About Maya Feller Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is the founder and lead dietitian at Maya Feller Nutrition. In her practice, her team provides medical nutrition therapy and nutrition coaching for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mood disorders, developmental disabilities, disordered eating, and more. Maya believes in providing inclusive nutrition education from an anti-bias patient-centered, culturally humble approach to help people make informed food choices. Maya shares her approachable, food-based solutions with millions of people through regular speaking engagements, writing, her social platforms, and as a national nutrition expert on Good Morning America, is a Healthline Medical Advisor, and on the advisory board for SHAPE and Parents, as well as appearing on TODAY Show, Tamron Hall, and in The New York Times, mindbodygreen, Well+Good, Food Network, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Prevention, Glamour, SELF, and more. She is the author of Eating from Our Roots: 80+ Healthy Home-Cooked Favorites from Cultures Around the World (goop Press, January 24, 2023). About MyFitnessPal MyFitnessPal is the #1 global nutrition and food tracking app for achieving health goals, especially weight management. Since 2005, MyFitnessPal has empowered over 200 million users in over 120 countries to improve their health by tracking their food, recording exercise activity, and logging their weight. As one of the world's most trusted resources on nutrition, MyFitnessPal's mission is to help people around the world reach their health goals through better food choices by providing knowledge, motivation and a sense of progress. With one of the largest food databases in the world comprising over 19 million foods, access to over 500 recipes, more than 50 workout routines and exercise demos, and over 40 connected fitness partners, MyFitnessPal provides users with tools for positive healthy change. The MyFitnessPal app is available on the App Store and Google Play store. To learn more, visit www.myfitnesspal.com or follow MyFitnessPal on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Survey fielded in April 2024 with 4000 people across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

May 30, 2024 11:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Immunic Inc. CEO Daniel Vitt Highlights Advances in MS Treatment on World MS Day

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Immunic Inc CEO Daniel Vitt joined Steve Darling from Proactive to discuss the ongoing challenges and recent developments in treating multiple sclerosis (MS). This interview took place in conjunction with World MS Day, a day dedicated to raising global awareness about this debilitating disease. Vitt emphasized the significant unmet medical need for effective treatments, noting that MS affects approximately 2.8 million people worldwide. The disease often leads to progressive physical disability, with many patients eventually requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Vitt explained that early diagnosis is crucial for MS, as it allows for more timely and effective intervention, which can significantly slow the progression of the disease. He highlighted Immunic’s innovative approach to MS treatment, which targets both inflammation and neuroprotection. This strategy is designed to address the complex nature of MS, which involves both inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes. Immunic’s lead drug candidate, vidofludimus calcium, is currently in clinical development for both relapsing and progressive forms of MS. Vidofludimus calcium works by activating a protein called Nurr1, which provides direct neuroprotective effects in addition to its anti-inflammatory benefits via DHODH inhibition. This dual mechanism of action makes it a promising candidate for comprehensive MS treatment. The drug is currently undergoing a phase 3 clinical trials for relapsing MS, with results expected in 2026. Additionally, a phase 2 clinical trial for progressive MS is underway, with results anticipated in April 2025. These trials aim to further validate the safety and efficacy of vidofludimus calcium in addressing the diverse and challenging aspects of MS. Vitt expressed optimism about the potential of vidofludimus calcium to transform MS treatment. He cited the drug’s safety profile and its demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials as key factors contributing to this potential. If successful, vidofludimus calcium could become a critical tool in the fight against MS, offering hope to millions of patients worldwide. Contact Details Proactive North America +1 604-688-8158 NA-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

May 30, 2024 07:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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CURE ALZHEIMER’S FUND PRESENTS THE JEFFREY L. MORBY PRIZE FOR EXCEPTIONAL RESEARCH

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease, has announced the recipients of the inaugural Jeffrey L. Morby Prize. Senior author David M. Holtzman, M.D., and first author Xiaoying Chen, Ph.D., both of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, were selected by their peers for their paper “Microglia-Mediated T Cell Infiltration Drives Neurodegeneration in Tauopathy,” published in Nature in March 2023. The Morby Prize is named in honor of the late Co-Founder of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Jeffrey L. Morby, who inspired the nonprofit’s mission 20 years ago to fund research as a path to ending Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Morby passed away in September 2023. Established this year, the Morby prize will be awarded annually to the senior and first authors of a recent scientific publication that transforms the fundamental understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and opens new paths to translate scientific results into effective ways to prevent, diagnose or treat the disease. This year’s award included $200,000 for the senior author’s lab for Alzheimer’s disease-related research. “Recognizing researchers for a paper selected by peer scientists for breakthrough thinking and benefit to the Alzheimer’s community befits Jeff’s wonderful legacy of empowering scientists to achieve rigorous and innovative science,” said Meg Smith, CEO of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “The many extraordinary CureAlz-funded projects that resulted in published papers in 2022 and 2023 made the competition for this award fierce, and the endorsement of this paper by their peers speaks to the importance of the work of Drs. Holtzman and Chen and their co-authors. Their compelling data challenge the old paradigm that the adaptive immune system has little role in neurodegenerative disease, and by doing so opens new avenues to explore for effective intervention in Alzheimer’s disease.” Added Dr. Holtzman: ”Both Xiaoying Chen and I and our many outstanding co-authors are very honored to receive recognition for the work in our recently published paper. There remain many unanswered questions about the exact role of the adaptive immune response in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. I think this work along with work from others in the field is pushing us to understand how important adaptive immunity is in Alzheimer’s disease and other tauopathies, as well as whether targeting it will ultimately be therapeutically beneficial to people.” About The Holtzman Lab David M. Holtzman, Ph.D. is a neurologist and neuroscientist who has focused much of his efforts over the past 30 years on trying to better understand mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration, particularly as they are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Xiaoying Chen, Ph.D., was a postdoc research associate in the Holtzman Lab and is first author of the winning paper. The Holtzman Lab at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has published extensively on the neurobiology of apoE as it relates to the innate immune system and how apoE and other factors such as neuronal activity and sleep influence Aβ and tau metabolism, their accumulation, and their effects in the brain. For more information, visit HoltzmanLab.Wustl.edu. About Cure Alzheimer's Fund Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has provided 848 grants to more than 300 of the world’s leading researchers and contributed $202 million to research. Its funded initiatives have been responsible for many key breakthroughs in understanding the causes and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has received a 4-star rating for more than 12 consecutive years from Charity Navigator. Our Board of Directors, Trustees and a core group of other donors direct their donations to CureAlz overhead expenses so that 100% of general donations go to our research program. For more information, visit CureAlz.org. To learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s on women and women working toward a cure, visit WomenandAlzheimers.org. Contact Details Barbara Chambers +1 978-417-9890 BChambers@CureAlz.org Company Website https://curealz.org

May 30, 2024 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nevis Brands Expands Major Brand with Launch of Gummies in Washington State

Nevis Brands

Nevis Brands CEO John Kueber joined Steve Darling from Proactive to announce the exciting expansion of the Major brand from beverages to gummies. Major Gummies will be offered in 100mg packages, containing ten 10mg gummies per package. Notably, these gummies are the only ones in the Washington market to utilize SoRSE emulsion, the same innovative ingredient used in Major beverages, which allows for improved taste and rapid onset. The flavors of Major Gummies will be consistent with the beverage line and will initially be available in Orange Mango and Blue Raspberry. Kueber explained that Nevis' licensee for Major in Washington State has completed its initial round of production, with initial sales set to begin in the first week of June. This timely launch positions Major Gummies to make a significant impact on Q3 financial results. According to the Imarc Group, a research firm, the cannabis edibles market is estimated to be approximately $3.4 billion, indicating substantial market potential for Major Gummies. The introduction of gummies represents a strategic expansion for the Major brand, leveraging the success and consumer trust built through its beverage line. The use of SoRSE emulsion ensures that the gummies will deliver a consistent, high-quality experience with a rapid onset, a key differentiator in the competitive cannabis edibles market. Kueber emphasized that the new product aligns with Nevis Brands' commitment to innovation and quality. By maintaining the flavor profiles and effective delivery system that customers expect from Major beverages, the company aims to capture a significant share of the growing edibles market. The initial focus on Orange Mango and Blue Raspberry flavors highlights the brand's strategy to offer familiar and popular tastes to its consumers. Looking ahead, Nevis Brands plans to expand the distribution of Major Gummies beyond Washington State, exploring opportunities in other markets to further enhance its footprint in the cannabis industry. The successful launch and anticipated positive reception of Major Gummies could pave the way for additional product lines and continued growth. Contact Details Proactive North America +1 604-688-8158 NA-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

May 29, 2024 12:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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PathAI Expands Portfolio of AI-Powered Products, Announcing PathExplore™ IOP and IHC Explore™ Ahead of ASCO 2024

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PathAI, a global leader in AI-powered pathology, unveiled two novel AI products, PathExplore™ Immuno-Oncology Profiling (IOP) and IHC Explore 1 ™ to empower cancer drug developers and clinical researchers with AI-powered insights. The product pairing provides unprecedented single-cell and spatial resolution of the tumor microenvironment from routine pathology samples to facilitate biomarker discovery and deeper understanding of treatment response for the next generation of cancer therapeutics. The expansion of the Explore™ portfolio comes at a time when AI-pathology is experiencing accelerated large-scale adoption across the diagnostic and biopharma industries. “As cancer rates continue to rise, the demand for advanced precision medicine tools that provide accurate biological insights has never been greater. Our mission to make a difference in patient lives is unwavering, and these new products showcase our commitment to providing researchers with the tools they need to make meaningful advancements in cancer research, treatment and care,” said Andy Beck, PathAI CEO. “We're thrilled to introduce these two groundbreaking products ahead of the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.” PathExplore IOP: H&E-Based Immune Phenotyping The composition of the tumor immune microenvironment plays a crucial role in characterizing tumors likely to respond to immunotherapy. PathExplore IOP expedites characterization of immune phenotypes by quantifying tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and their spatial distribution using routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) samples. With this new product, researchers have the ability to quantify TIL spatial arrangements within tumor core and periphery, and gain insights around the sample’s immune inflamed, desert, or excluded characteristics. PathExplore IOP was designed specifically to quantify patterns of immune infiltration characteristic of a strong immune response, and ultimately improved patient survival. Immune infiltration has been previously shown to be prognostic of positive outcomes, however; standardized and scalable approaches for investigating these phenotypes remained elusive. “PathExplore IOP illustrates the power of AI by visually interrogating the dynamics between cancer cells and immune cells with unparalleled resolution for highly accurate and efficient immune phenotype classification,” said Benjamin Glass, VP of Product & Translational Research. “Researchers can now access insights at scale to better inform biomarker strategies for patient stratification and mechanisms of response and resistance.” PathExplore IOP will be featured in a poster presentation at the upcoming ASCO 2024 meeting, demonstrating the product’s application for stratification of patient response to checkpoint inhibitors in non-small cell lung cancer. IHC Explore™: AI-Powered Biomarker Quantification Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a widely utilized approach for identifying biomarkers unique to certain cancers, informing treatment strategies, measuring prognosis, and patient classification for clinical trials. IHC scoring in the early clinical settings can be time-consuming, subjective, and low-resolution. Especially in early stage biomarker development, defining an optimal scoring system for a novel IHC assay can be complex. IHC Explore™ fills a need for spatial quantification of IHC biomarkers in single-cell resolution with broad target compatibility. IHC Explore provides a panel of standardized and structured features that quantify IHC stain abundance within and around cells of the tumor microenvironment, enabling drug developers to build biomarker scoring strategies from scratch for most IHC stains – and to precisely find those patients most responsive to treatment. PathAI’s partnership with Roche streamlines the translation of these AI insights and scoring strategies into companion diagnostic development. “Drawing on our advanced computational pathology expertise, we're extending the impact of our Explore product suite, which enables us to seamlessly support AI-powered assay development,” said Hisani Madison, VP of Precision Medicine and Medical Device Development. “This advancement is poised to revolutionize biomarker-based drug development for new immunotherapies, antibody drug conjugates, and paving the way for the analysis of the next generation of targeted cancer therapies.” Accepted Abstracts at ASCO 2024 PathAI will be attending and presenting abstracts at the upcoming ASCO event in Chicago, IL. Visit PathAI’s booth in the Innovation Hub (IH18) May 31- June 4, 2024 to meet our team, learn more about AI-powered pathology, and engage with our scientists and collaborators at their respective posters. Footnotes 1 PathExplore™ IOP and IHC Explore™ are for research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures. About PathAI PathAI is the leading precision pathology company providing software and AI-enabled solutions to all pathologist stakeholders including laboratories, research institutions, and the biopharma industry. Developed with the input of hundreds of pathologists, PathAI’s digital pathology Image Management System, AISight, is the solution of choice for laboratories transitioning to digital workflows. Rigorously trained and validated with data from more than 15 million annotations, its AI-powered models can be leveraged to optimize the analysis of pathology samples to improve efficiency and accuracy of pathology interpretation, as well as to better gauge therapeutic efficacy and accelerate drug development for complex diseases. For more information, please visit www.pathai.com. 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May 29, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Oncotelic Therapeutics (OTC: OTLC) Inks Deal With Mosaic ImmunoEngineering To Sell Clinical-Stage Necroptosis Cancer Therapy Assets

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By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga The global retinoblastoma treatment market size was estimated to be $2.62 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach $4.20 billion by 2034 with a CAGR of 4.38% over 2024-2034. Rising incidence of retinoblastoma, early diagnosis and treatment, increasing healthcare expenditure, growing awareness of retinoblastoma treatment options, development of new treatments and government initiatives will drive the market’s growth. Recently, the FDA granted accelerated approval to Iovance Biotherapeutics’ (NASDAQ: IOVA) lifileucel (Amtagvi) to treat inoperable or metastatic melanoma, making it the first and only one-time tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy to be greenlighted for solid tumors. Lifileucel is manufactured by collecting and expanding a patient’s unique T cells from part of their tumor and then infusing them into that patient to fight the cancer. Oncotelic Therapeutics (OTCQB: OTLC) is looking to develop similar treatment therapies for ocular cancers, including retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma. The technology is named necroptosis therapies. Oncotelic and Mosaic ImmunoEngineering, Inc. (OTC: CPMV) are developers of necroptosis therapies. The recent approval of TIL cell therapy demonstrates how to manipulate patient immunity against cancer for a lasting cure. However, TIL cell therapy is costly, time-consuming and technologically challenging. Instead of driving TIL cells externally, Necroptosis Cancer Therapies drive innate TILs to the tumor. The key step is the induction of necrotic cell death and activation of death genes, exposing tumor-reactive antigens to initiate an immune response, activating antigen-presenting cells to achieve large-scale antigen presentation, activating T-cells, inducing strong and sustained cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses, and ultimately triggering a TIL antitumor immune effect. Necroptosis Cancer Therapies can use vascular disrupting agents (“VDA”), in combination with CheckPoint Inhibitors and other IO agents to drive TIL cells to the tumor. Oncotelic Therapeutics recently announced a binding term-sheet agreement with Mosaic ImmunoEngineering. Under this arrangement, Mosaic will acquire the rights to Oncotelic's clinical-stage necroptosis cancer therapies. These innovative therapeutics disrupt tumor blood flow, leading to immunogenic tumor cell death through the activation of "death receptors" – ultimately triggering a potent anti-cancer immune response. As part of the deal, Mosaic will also gain access to Oncotelic's AI technologies for identifying immunotherapy combinations. "We are very pleased to have this opportunity to bring these clinical stage assets that have promise for the treatment of multiple types of cancer into Mosaic. We anticipate that the initial application of the technology will be in areas with high unmet medical need such as uveal melanoma and retinoblastoma. We look forward to working with the Oncotelic team to advance the program," said Steven King, President and CEO of Mosaic. As outlined in the binding term sheet, Mosaic will issue $15 million in CPMV shares to Oncotelic upon the execution of the definitive purchase agreement. Additional milestones will enable Oncotelic to earn up to an extra $15 million in CPMV shares. The experienced Mosaic team, with a collective background encompassing more than 30 FDA and worldwide product approvals, will spearhead the advancement of these technologies. Both companies will collaborate closely to ensure the smooth transfer of technologies from Oncotelic to Mosaic, with Oncotelic providing short-term financial support for the program while working together toward achieving short-term and long-term financing goals. "This will be the second transaction for capitalizing on our assets and building shareholder value. The first being the successful transition of OT-101 to our joint venture (“JV”) with Dragon Capital Overseas, Limited. The JV is expected to list for an IPO and has been expanding its R&D including the completion of its research and manufacturing facility headquartered in San Diego, California." shared Dr. Vuong Trieu, CEO of Oncotelic. Pipeline – What More To Expect From Oncotelic Oncotelic has multiple drugs in its pipeline, such as ArtiVeda/ArtiShield, a COVID drug that aims to inhibit the spread of the virus; OT-101 for the treatment of solid tumors with a focus on brain cancer in adults and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in children; CA4P, which is intended to be used with Ipilimumab for the treatment of solid tumors with focus on melanoma; Oxi4503 for the treatment of liquid tumors with focus on childhood leukemia; and AL-101, an intranasal drug for the treatment of Parkinson Disease that also targets Erectile Dysfunction and Female Sexual Dysfunction. Oncotelic is looking to develop these drugs using a similar JV structure, which should enhance shareholder values. With an encouraging recent announcement and an extensive pipeline, Oncotelic may be a company to watch as it continues its endeavors to provide patients with more efficient treatments – with fewer side effects. 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