In an April 29 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Swayampakula Ramakanth reported that Forty Seven Inc. (FTSV:NASDAQ) agreed to expand its collaborative efforts with Genentech to now include a third clinical trial.
This latest study will evaluate Forty Seven's lead product 5F9 in combination with Genentech's rituximab and atezolizumab in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). "We believe the new triplet study could help provide additional confidence in the safety and efficacy of 5F9," Ramakanth commented.
The analyst noted that the purpose of the triple combination study is likely to build upon the "promising results" from a previous combination Phase 1b study of 5F9 with rituximab in DLBCL patients, noted Ramakanth.
On its own, Forty Seven is continuing to evaluate that very double regimen in its Phase 2 study in patients with DLBCL and follicular lymphoma. The company is expected to release results from that trial in Q2/19.
Ramakanth indicated that Forty Seven also should provide two other clinical updates this year. One, slated for delivery in Q2/19, is on its Phase 1b study, in which 5F9 is being evaluated as both a monotherapy and in combination with azacitidine in patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.
The second update, due out in Q4/19, is on two Phase 1b studies, one that is testing 5F9 with avelumab (Bavencio) in ovarian cancer patients and the other which is evaluating 5F9 with cetuximab in colorectal cancer patients.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and a $21 per share price target on Forty Seven, whose stock is currently trading at around $18.26 per share.
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