In a Dec. 28 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Ram Selvaraju provided an update, including new initial clinical data, on Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s (ORMP:NASDAQ) top three drug candidates: ORMD-0801 (oral insulin), ORMD-0901 (oral exenatide) and oral leptin.
The biopharma's proprietary platform technology allows for the oral delivery of drugs that now are only administered by injection.
Selvaraju noted that Israel-based Oramed just released initial results from the proof-of-concept study of its oral leptin drug, the third candidate in the pipeline, in patients with type 1 diabetes. Of the 10 patients enrolled for the trial, seven were randomized to receive leptin whereas the other three were to get a placebo.
The data showed that on average, glucose dropped in the patients who received leptin in 30 to 180 minutes after dosing, but it did not decrease in the placebo patients. Further, at various times, the glucagon levels in the leptin-treated patients were either lower than or about the same as those of patients in the placebo cohort.
Oramed intends to move its oral leptin candidate into a Phase 2 study, involving about 30 patients, in 2021.
"Its future successful clinical development could transform Oramed into a true triple threat," wrote Selvaraju.
The analyst then addressed ORMD-0801, Oramed's lead drug candidate, noting that its worldwide pivotal program continues. Next are two Phase 3 studies of this oral insulin, ORA-D-013-1 and ORA-D-013-2, in type 2 diabetes patients with six to 12 months of inadequate glycemic control. For the trials, a total of 1,125 patients will be enrolled at multiple centers.
As far as a possible timeline for ORMD-0801, Selvaraju outlined completion of enrollment in early 2022 with data readout later in the year. Submission of a biologics license application would follow, likely in 2023, with approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2024.
Finally, the analyst covered Oramed's second candidate, ORMD-0901, oral exenatide. Based on positive results to date, the company is expected to advance the drug next year, by conducting a bioavailability study in type 2 diabetes patients.
Excluding any valuation for the oral leptin candidate, Dawson James' 12-month price target on Oramed Pharmaceuticals is $17 per share. The stock's current share price is about $4.47. Oramed is rated Buy.[NLINSERT]
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