In a Nov. 28 research note, JMP Securities analyst Konstantinos Aprilakis reported Kura Oncology Inc. (KURA:NASDAQ) received a patent that protects the use of its oncology drug candidate, tipifarnib, as a treatment for angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL), an aggressive subtype of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL).
"We view the company's continued efforts to build on tipifarnib's intellectual property estate as key in realizing the therapeutic and future commercial potential of the asset," Aprilakis wrote, particularly since Kura's composition-of-matter patents on the therapeutic expired in 2016. The company does have three other current patents on tipifarnib, the most recent of which "offers Kura and tipifarnib strong protection in the setting of AITL," he added.
About Kura's approach, Aprilakis concluded that "we continue to be encouraged by the pace at which the company is executing on its strategy of obtaining key method-of-use patents covering specific indications and novel biomarkers (e.g., CXCL12)."
JMP Securities has a Market Outperform rating and a $38 per share price target on Kura, reflecting a more than potential tripling of the stock price, which is currently ~$13.08 per share.[NLINSERT]
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