In a May 29 research report, analyst Neil Maruoka indicated Canaccord Genuity raised its target price on Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (ONCY:NASDAQ; ONC:TSX) to CA$23 per share (previously CA$2.50), which "represents a 132.6% annualized return and continues to support our Buy recommendation." Canaccord's revised price target follows the completion of Oncolytics' 9.5:1 share consolidation. The biotechnology firm is now trading at around CA$9.30 per share.
Canaccord noted that, "the company has previously announced its intention to list its common shares on the Nasdaq, which we believe will provide better exposure to US investors and a larger pool of sophisticated healthcare-focused capital."
In other news, the FDA outlined the regulatory path forward for Oncolytics' Reolysin, "significantly derisking the stock," Maruoka purported. Reolysin is an immuno-oncolytic virus that targets cancer.
Also, the company recently announced it intends to conduct a pivotal study of Reolysin in metastatic breast cancer, with overall survival as the endpoint.
Further, it plans a second combination study of Reolysin with Merck & Co. Inc.'s (MRK:NYSE) anti-PD1 checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda in collaboration with the University of Southern California. "If successful, we believe that the Reolysin-Keytruda combination studies could lead to a possible expanded partnership with Merck," Maruoka wrote.
Looking forward, the analyst also pointed out that Oncolytics likely will need additional funding to develop and commercialize Reolysin. To this end, it will "re-list its common shares on the NASDAQ, which we believe will provide better exposure to U.S. investors and a larger pool of sophisticated, healthcare-focused capital," added Maruoka.
Another possible funding source, Maruoka noted, is additional partnerships, "including additional regional deals and/or global transactions with big pharma or big biotech." These are expected due to Reolysin's potential to "fit well with other immunotherapies for cancer," and are more likely to happen now that the biotech has received FDA input.
"We would remain buyers of [Oncolytic] stock with potential regulatory and clinical catalysts lined up over the next several months as well as the possibility of additional partnerships," Maruoka concluded.
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