In an Oct. 22 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Andrew Fein reported that the "remarkable HER2CLIMB topline positions Seattle Genetics Inc. (SGEN:NASDAQ) as a strong player in the breast cancer space." Accordingly, the investment bank increased its target price on the biotech to $140 per share. In comparison, the current share price is about $100.89.
HER2CLIMB is a Phase 3 study evaluating tucatinib plus trastuzumab plus capecitabine against trastuzumab plus capecitabine in thirdline HER2-positive breast cancer patients.
Regarding the recently released topline results, Fein commented, "We are impressed by the remarkable survival benefits in the overall patient population, with a 46% risk reduction of disease progression or death (p<0.00001), as well as a 34% risk reduction of death (p=0.0048)." The results were even greater among patients with brain metastasis; 52% showed reduction of risk for disease progression or passed away (p<0.00001).
Fein pointed out that "the differentiating value of tucatinib suggests a strong commercial outlook in the competitive HER2+ breast cancer landscape," particularly in the subpopulation of patients with brain metastasis, where the need is the greatest. Unlike antibody-based treatments, tucatinib penetrates the brain, making it ideal for use as a complement to those therapies rather than a direct competitor. Also, tucatinib does not bind to the EGFR receptor and as such, has as better safety profile.
With respect to another tucatinib clinical trial, HER2CLIMB-2, for which the dosing of patients began earlier in October, H.C. Wainwright believes topline data from it will also be a "win," noted Fein.
This Phase 3 study is evaluating tucatinib plus ado-trastuzumab emtansine, or T-DM1, in HER2-positive breast cancer patients. "We point that tucatinib may be used in an off-label setting for brain metastasis patients ahead of the study readout, due to highly unmet medical need and the superior activity of tucatinib in this patient population," the analyst added.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating on Seattle Genetics.[NLINSERT]
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