In a July 22 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. LLC Healthcare Analysts Yi Chen, Ph.D. CFA and Raghuram Selvaraju, Ph.D. advised that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued a Notice of Allowance for clinical-stage biotechnology company Anixa Biosciences Inc. (ANIX: NASDAQ) novel breast cancer vaccine technology.
The new patent is an extension of the patent originally granted patent and it covers additional intellectual property (IP) specifically related to breast cancer vaccine technology. The analysts stated that the awarding of the additional patent strengthens Anixa Biosciences' overall IP portfolio and commercial prospects for this particular asset.
The report from H.C. Wainwright & Co. indicated that "the novel breast cancer vaccine has the potential to prevent triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and other forms of breast cancer that express alpha-lactalbumin." The research firm noted that in light of this development it is reiterating its Buy rating and $11 price target on the company.
The report mentioned that Anixa Biosciences initiated a Phase 1 multiple-ascending dose (MAD) breast cancer vaccine study at the Cleveland Clinic in October 2021. The trial was designed to enroll 18-24 high-risk patients who had previously undergone treatment for early-stage TNBC within the preceding three years. The trial was structured for participants to receive three vaccinations, two weeks apart, in order to ascertain the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD). H.C. Wainwright said that it expects the data from the vaccine study to be available in H2/22.
The analysts remarked, "We believe this large molecule prophylactic vaccine has the potential to train the immune system to target retired tissue-specific protein α-lactalbumin—referred to as a "retired" self-antigen—localized to TNBC tumor cells."
Anixa is a clinical-stage biotechnology company based in San Jose, Calif. The firm is currently developing several research and clinical programs focused on cancer and infectious diseases.
H.C. Wainwright & Co. advised that it is reiterating its Buy rating and $11.00 price target on Anixa Biosciences. The firm indicated that it arrived at its 12-month target price based upon an estimated total market value for Anixa of $363M (million) and projections for 32.6M common shares outstanding at the end of Q3/23.
Anixa Biosciences Inc. shares trade on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol "ANIX" and last closed for trading at $3.28 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The company has approximately 30.47M shares outstanding and a market cap of around $102.99M.
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