BPC May 30 update

​Zafgen ZFGN shares close lower on unresolved clinical hold

Price and Volume Movers

Zafgen, Inc.(Nasdaq:ZFGN) announced an brief update following its Type A meeting held with the FDA regarding the clinical hold placed on ZGN-1061, in patients with diabetes. The company noted that it is working with the FDA on an in vivo animal model as a next step toward resolving the clinical hold. Investors had expected a more positive update, with shares closing the session down 20% to $1.91.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: BCRX) closed the session up 15% to $3.36. The rise follows news released last week of data from its trial for the prevention of hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks, that shed 55% of its price. In a Schedule 13G SEC filing late-yesterday, it was noted that Millennium Management has purchased a 5.6% position in the company.

Tocagen Inc. (NASDAQ:TOCA) shares closed up 21% to $5.12. The stock reaction appears to be in reaction to a combination of a buy rating issued by Citi, with a price target of $24 and potential short-covering following last week’s 48% slide on negative news that an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) recommended that its Phase 3 Toca 5 trial continue through to final analysis.

XBiotech Inc. (NASDAQ: XBIT) shares are trading down 9% to $8.26 on news that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of common shares.

Myovant Sciences (NYSE: MYOV) and Aptose Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: APTO) shares closed down 25% to $8.99 and 11% to $2.00, respectively, following their announcements of public offerings late-Wednesday.


Major price movers (stocks priced > $1.00, volume > 50k):

Refer to the BioPharmCatalyst Biotech Stocks page for Top 10 Gainers/Losers/Unusual Volume


Novan, Inc. (NOVN): $2.23; +16%.

Provention Bio, Inc. (PRVB): $4.50; +13%.

Veru Inc. (VERU): $1.98; +12%.

Cerecor Inc. (CERC): $4.97; +11%.

Moleculin Biotech, Inc. (MBRX): $1.21; +10%.


Armata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARMP): $3.57; -10%.

Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CNST): $8.50; -10%.

Aduro BioTech, Inc. (ADRO): $3.10; -10%.

Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (TTNP): $1.16; -10%.

Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation (NYMX): $1.64; -10%.

Pipeline updates below:

Pipeline Database Updates

Drug Stage Catalyst Market Cap

ASND – Ascendis Pharma A/S
TransCon CNP - ACcomplisH

Phase 2 Phase 2 trial has been initiated.
$6.8 billion

EPZM – Epizyme Inc.
Epithelioid Sarcoma

Approved FDA approval announced January 23, 2020.
$1.5 billion

MRUS – Merus N.V.
Solid tumors - NRG1

Phase 1/2 Phase 1/2 interim data due by end of 2020.
$448.1 million

MRUS – Merus N.V.
Breast cancer - HER2-positive MBC and ER+/HER2-low MBC

Phase 2 Does not plan to initiate a Phase 3 trial.
$448.1 million

MRUS – Merus N.V.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Phase 1 Phase 1 interim data presented at EHA June 2020.
$448.1 million

MRUS – Merus N.V.
Colorectal cancer

Phase 1 Phase 1 update due by end of 2020.
$448.1 million

NVS – Novartis AG

Phase 3 Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint.
$199.9 billion

RETA – Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Bardoxolone - FALCON
Chronic Kidney Disease

Phase 3 Phase 3 enrolment has been paused due to COVID-19.
$5.2 billion

Wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD)

Phase 1/2 Pivotal trial to be initiated 2H 2020.
$1.4 billion

VRTX – Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
VX-445 in combination with tezacaftor and ivacaftor
Cystic fibrosis (CF) who have one copy of the F508del mutation and one minimal function mutation and patients with two copies of the F508del mutation

Approved FDA Approval announced October 21, 2019.
$76.6 billion