In a March 15 research note, ROTH Capital Partners analyst Yasmeen Rahimi indicated that the recent drop in Soleno Therapeutics Inc.'s (SLNO:NASDAQ) stock represents a buying opportunity ahead of the company's Phase 3 DESTINY trial readout in Q4/19. "We know Soleno is diligently working behind the scenes to execute DESTINY to the finish line in 2019," he added.
Rahimi explained that the recent pullback in Soleno likely resulted from Zafgen's recent decision to stop filing an investigational new drug application for ZGN-1258, its second-generation MetAP2 inhibitor for Prader-Willi Syndrome, due to a side effect of degenerated muscle tissue in rodents in the vehicle and dose arms. Despite the company specifying that the toxicity seems to only be related to ZGN-1258, "we believe investors are extrapolating safety issues onto the entire therapeutic space," including Soleno's asset, the analyst commented.
"We strongly believe that ZFGN is going to figure out its Prader-Willi Syndrome clinical development over the next few months," and "we view the Soleno selloff (probably due to ZGN-1258 safety issues) as unjustified," Rahimi added.
As for Soleno's DESTINY trial in Prader-Willi Syndrome, 14 of 15 targeted United States locations are now involved. The study has two parts, both of which "should have expedited enrollment," noted Rahimi. The first is a three- to four-month placebo-controlled, parallel arm study evaluating DCCR, or diazoxide choline controlled release, in 105 individuals with a moderate to severe presentation of the condition.
The second component is C602, a nine-month, open-label extension safety study. In fact, DESTINY patients "continue to roll over into C602," which suggests that DCCR treatment is benefitting patients, Rahimi noted.
Also of note, the Data Safety Monitoring Board recently recommended the Phase 3 DESTINY study continue.
ROTH has a Buy rating and a $14 per share target price on Soleno; the current share price is about $2.35.[NLINSERT]
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