DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DMPI)
Shares of DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DMPI) are up over 80% after the biopharmaceutical company announced that the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) issued a patent covering covering improved analytical methods for analyzing and determining impurities in dianhydrogalactitol (VAL-083). DMPI stock is trading around the $2.00 level after closing at $1.12 yesterday. DelMar Shares gapped up to open at $1,80 before hitting their inter-day high of $2.29. Volumes have been strong. DMPI shares have a 30-day, daily traded volume of under 150,000 but by noon today over 16.8 million shares have traded.
Delmar Pharmceuticals Patents
The newly issued patent strengthens DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DMPI) their intellectual property portfolio surrounding their VAL-083 manufacturing process. VAL-083 is billed by DelMar as a first-in-class DNA targeting agent that has successfully demonstrated clinical activity against a range of tumor-types in prior clinical trials sponsored by the U. S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). VAL-083 is currently protected by eight U.S. patents and eight patents outside of the U.S.
Ironically, DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DMPI) was downgraded by Maxim Group just one month ago – from a “Buy” to a “Hold”. DMPI stock had just made a new 52-week low of $1.05 last week. However the news surrounding the patent issuance now places the stock almost 100% off their lows. Unfortunately, long-term holders of DelMar Pharmaceutical stock are still well off their 52-week high of $6.90.
The micro-cap biopharmaceutical firm has only produced a profit for shareholders once in the past five years – in 2014. Per share losses in the other years range from (-$0.46) in 2015 to (-$1.12) in 2013. On top of that, dilution is an ongoing concern for long-term holders of the stock. In 2012 there were 3.31 million shares outstanding. By 2016 that number was reported at 10.95 million.
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About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20-year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.