In an Oct. 3 research note, analyst Andrew Fein reported that H.C. Wainwright & Co. initiated coverage on Blueprint Medicines Corp. (BPMC:NASDAQ) with a Buy rating and a $100 per share price target. In comparison, its current share price is around $72.26.
One major reason for the assumption of coverage is that Blueprint, Fein noted, is on "the verge of transforming into a full-fledged commercial company." U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the company's avapritinib in fourthline and PDGFRA-E18m gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) is likely in Q1/20.
Also during that quarter, the biopharmaceutical entity plans to submit to the FDA new drug applications for avapritinib for treatment of advanced systemic mastocytosis and pralsetinib (BLU-667) for secondline RET fusion nonsmall cell lung cancer.
The analyst pointed out that H.C. Wainwright and key opinion leaders view the market opportunities for both avapritinib and pralsetinib to be "underappreciated." He added, "As key opinion leaders believe genetic testing in earlier lines of GIST should be the main driver for commercial uptake, we applaud Blueprint's solid strides in promoting genetic testing and physician education as part of an integrated commercial strategy."
Also attractive about Blueprint, it "is building a kinase medicine franchise upon a robust pipeline and platform," which "deserve more attention from the Street," indicated Fein. As such, the company should be able to "command a larger premium in a mergers and acquisitions scenario."
Blueprint has more than 10,000 prescreened molecules from over 100 scaffolds. These molecules provide a broad scope of human kinome coverage and can be high-quality launching pads for compound optimization.
Fein pointed out that Blueprint is advancing additional clinical programs, such as fisogatinib (BLU-554) for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma and BLU-782 for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive. The biopharma's earlier stage assets also should "offer optionality and business development opportunities in the near to midterm."[NLINSERT]
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