In a May 30 research note, analyst Tony Butler reported that ROTH Capital Partners initiated coverage on Adaptimmune Therapeutics Plc (ADAP:NASDAQ) with a Buy rating and a $7 per share price target. The current share price is around $3.69.
The analyst explained why Adaptimmune is a compelling investment.
The company has a platform called SPEAR, which stands for specific peptide enhanced affinity receptor, of "turbo-charged T-cell receptors that can compete with chimeric antigen receptor T cells," Butler highlighted. Currently, three SPEAR T-cell receptors (TCRs) are in clinical trials: ADP-A2M10 (targeting MAGE-A10), ADP-A2M4 (MAGE-A4) and ADP-A2AFP (AFP).
Adaptimmune engineers T-cell receptors using a "differentiated and highly optimized approach," Butler noted. Its TCRs have an enhanced ability to recognize cancer targets, significant because naturally occurring TCRs do this poorly.
Adaptimmune plans to launch its first TCR therapy, ADP-A2M4, in 2022. Early data from the ADP-A2M4 study in synovial sarcoma is "strong," wrote Butler. The overall response rate in this indication was 80% among the cohort receiving the highest dose.
A 60-patient, Phase 2 pivotal trial in synovial sarcoma and myxoid/round cell liposarcoma, called SPEARHEAD-1, is slated to start in the second half of 2019.
In addition, Butler noted, ADP-A2M4 could show promising data in esophageal cancer because it is highly associated with overexpression of MAGE-A4 mRNA. Accordingly, ROTH has factored esophageal cancer into its current valuation of Adaptimmune.
Other key points, Butler indicated, are that Adaptimmune is working on next generation programs and has its own facility for internally developing cell products for clinical trials and possibly manufacturing them for commercialization.[NLINSERT]
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