In a June 5 research note, ROTH Capital Partners analyst Yasmeen Rahimi explained how recent results from Allena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALNA:NASDAQ) "took pressure off the stock, thus setting the stage for a run-up to URIROX-1 data in H2/19." ROTH's $61 per share price target on the company reflects more than a potential tenbagger return as Allena is currently trading at around $4.60 per share.
Previously, Allena reported data from 206, its 12-week, open-label, single-arm study designed to test 7,500 units of reloxaliase in 15–20 patients with enteric or primary hyperoxaluria and advanced chronic kidney disease, either on dialysis or with a transplant.
The new results from four study patients with enteric hyperoxaluria showed a 29–42% drop in urine oxalate and a 16–49% reduction in plasma oxalate. Of three other study patients with primary hyperoxaluria and renal function, one demonstrated a lowering of urine oxalate.
On those data, Allena's stock rose about 25%. "This news came from left field, as the Street did not expect much from this small study given the heterogeneous patient population," Rahimi commented. "Investors are flocking back to Allena as we are getting closer, month by month, to a key binary event."
The urine oxalate results are "impressive," Rahimi noted, and bode well for the future. Specifically, "if reloxaliase hits 30%-plus drops in urine oxalate in two severely renal impaired enteric hyperoxaluria patients, we foresee a significant readthrough into Allena's URIROX-1 Phase 3 trial in 124 patients," she highlighted. Topline results from that study are estimated to be released about three months after enrollment is finished.
Rahimi pointed out, too, that whereas the urine oxalate results are important because they are the primary endpoint in upcoming Phase 3 trials, the plasma oxalate findings have value, too, because they validate reloxaliase's mechanism of action. They matter, she added, because "by reducing plasma oxalate levels, reloxaliase delays the need for dialysis, reduces the frequency of dialysis regimens and allows for getting selected for a kidney transplant, opening the door to a high unmet need niche market opportunity."
ROTH will hold a related call at noon ET on June 12, 2019, a replay of which will not be made available. The call will feature Dr. Sushrut Waikar, an expert on enteric hyperoxaluria and the relationship between urine oxalate and progressive kidney disease, and include a discussion of Allena's 206 results and expectations for its URIROX-1.
ROTH has a Buy rating on Allena Pharmaceuticals.[NLINSERT]
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