In an April 30 research note, analyst Joseph Pantginis reported that Oxford Biomedica Plc (OXB:LSE) received a $15 million milestone payment from its partner Axovant.
The achievement that triggered the payment was Axovant having treated the first patient in the second cohort of the Phase 2 SUNRISE-PD clinical trial, in which the AXO-Lenti-PD gene therapy is being evaluated in Parkinson's disease patients. Up to six patients are to be enrolled in this group, with initial data expected in Q4/19, Pantginis explained.
That first patient of the second cohort, whom Axovant recently dosed, did not suffer any complications from surgery or administration of the therapeutic and was subsequently discharged, relayed Pantginis. There were not any associated serious adverse events.
This initial safety report is encouraging, the analyst wrote, and if further substantiated, could potentially result in efficacy data being gathered quickly and development of AXO-Lenti-PD being accelerated. "Overall, we are confident the PD program is going to generate meaningful data," he noted.
Pantginis added that due to a paucity of any existing therapy that effectively slows or reverses Parkinson's disease progression, AXO-Lenti-PD could be a potential new gene therapy for it.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and a £14.50 per share target price on Oxford Biomedica, whose current share price is around £6.96.[NLINSERT]
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