CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI)

Cellectar (NASDAQ: CLRB) Jumps 35% on Expansion of Phase 2 Trial

Cellectar Biosciences (NASDAQ: CLRB), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer, today announces that the company will increase the targeted patient enrollment in the relapsed/refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma (MM) cohort of its currently enrolling Phase 2 clinical trial of CLR 131. Data from the MM cohort of the study demonstrated that the treatment exceeded pre-specified criteria for clinically meaningful benefit. As a result, the cohort will be expanded up to as many as 40 patients.

About the Phase 2 Study of CLR 131
The Phase 2 study is being conducted in approximately 10 leading cancer centers in the United States for patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell hematologic cancers.

About CLR 131
Cellectar (CLRB) developed CLR 131 as an investigational compound under development for a range of orphan designated cancers. It is currently being evaluated as a single-dose treatment in a Phase I clinical trial in patients with R/R MM as well as in a Phase II clinical trial for R/R MM and select R/R lymphomas with either a one- or two-dose treatment. Based upon preclinical and interim Phase I study data, treatment with CLR 131 provides a novel approach to treating solid and hematological tumors and may provide patients with therapeutic benefits, including overall survival, an improvement in progression-free survival, surrogate efficacy marker response rate, and overall quality of life.

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Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) Reports Stellar Q3 Financial Results

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) fell 2.7% after reporting its first quarterly financial results after merging with Napo Pharmaceuticals. The commercial stage natural-products pharmaceuticals company generated a net income of $4.75 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)

Jaguar’s Revenue Growth

Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) is still trading in a downtrend despite posting stellar financial results for the third quarter. The stock has shed more than 50% in market value since the start of the year as short sellers continue to push the stock lower. It awaits to be seen, the kind of impact that the Napo Pharmaceuticals merger will have on investor sentiments in the stock heading into the year-end.

According to data compiled by Zacks Investment Research, despite the underperformance, Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) is currently rated as a “Strong Buy” by two analysts.

Net revenue in the quarter came in at $1.1 million made up of $346,000 for Mytesi, $82,000 for Neonorm and approximately $655,000 in collaboration revenue. Total net revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $50,000. Average sales of Mytesi have increased over 50% since August.

“With the onboarding of three additional HIV sales personnel this month, and the refilling rate of Mytesi® prescriptions for a chronic disease, we expect continued growth for future Mytesi® sales,” said Lisa Conte, Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)’s president, and CEO.

Mytesi revenue continues to increase because of increased marketing, advertising, medical education and promotional activities. Mytesi is a prescription treatment for diarrhea that works by normalizing the flow of water in the GI tract. It is the only FDA approved antidiarrheal therapy for the symptomatic relief of non-infectious diarrhea in adult patients.

For the first nine months of the year, revenue increased to $2.8 million compared to $113,000 reported last year. Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX) expects further growth in revenue heading into the year-end due to an increase in human-product revenue.

HIV Scientific Advisory Board

Separately, Dr. Roscoe Moore has joined the HIV Scientific Advisory board recently formed by Jaguar Health Inc. (NASDAQ:JAGX)’s wholly owned subsidiary, Napo Pharmaceuticals. The board will focus on physician education and global awareness regarding the importance and availability of solutions for neglected comorbidities.

“Neglected comorbidities such as HIV-related diarrhea play a significant role in patient adherence to ART Efforts to expand awareness about available solutions, such as Mytesi®, that address specific comorbidities play an important role in maximizing health and wellness in this population,” said Dr. Moore.

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Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX)

Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX) Posts Positive Study Results

Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX)

Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX) fell 9.1% in after-hours trading following an announcement concerning a reduction in Fibrosis parameters in a scar study using its cell therapy. The study was performed as a preclinical proof of concept in partnership with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX)

Scar Study Results

During the pre-clinical trials Adipose-Derived Regenerative Cells, an active component of Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX), was injected into deep partial thickness wounds in a porcine model. Six months after injection, wounds treated with ADRCs showed a significant reduction in parameters associated with hypertrophic scarring.

Some of the parameters improved by Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX) cell therapy include skin hardness, organization, vascularity and discoloration. Impressed by the results, the therapeutics company plans to carry out a RELIEF trial to assess the therapy in human patients with substantial thermal burn injury. The trial will also evaluate several scar-related parameters.

Treatment of thermal burns is a critical unmet medical need as patients often suffer from pain, scarring and skin contracture on using standard care.

Fibrosis is a common factor in both burns and scleroderma.” said Dr. John Fraser, Chief Scientist at Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX). “This preclinical study is consistent with a number of emerging studies indicating a beneficial effect of Cytori ADRC technology in fibrotic disease.”

CYTX Stock Performance

Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX) is currently trading in a downtrend, after reporting a third-quarter net loss that appears to have spooked investors. The therapeutics company focused on regenerative and oncologic therapies has underperformed the overall industry this year. The stock is down by more than 70% as it continues to trade near its 52-week low of $0.28 a share.

Investor confidence in the stock has taken a hit on the company reporting revenues of $1.8 million for the third quarter, down from $2.6 million reported last year. Revenue for the first nine months of the year also dropped to $4.9 million from $8.4 million as of last year.

Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2017, dropped to (-$4.8) million or (-$0.14) a share, compared to (-$5.4) million or (-$0.26) a share reported last year. Cash burn in the quarter stood at $4 million compared to $4.6 million. Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX) expects the cash burn for the full year to be slightly lower at between $17 million and $19 million compared to $20 and $23 million as of last year.

Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTX) plans to pursue a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine the next step required for regulatory approval of Habeo Cell Therapy for scleroderma-associated hand dysfunction. The company also plans to begin patient enrollment for RELIEF burn clinical trial.

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Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO)

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) Reports Q3 Earnings

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO)

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) shares dropped over 7%, on heavy volume, after the biotech company reported their Q3 2017 financial results. EBIO shares opened at $0.74, then dropped to a low of $0.64 before closing at $0.69. At current levels, EBIO shares are trading below their published cash per share value of $0.71, and their book value per share figure of $1.05.

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO)

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) is a late-stage, clinical oncology company that develops therapies for cancer patients based upon the company’s proprietary targeted protein therapeutics (TPTs) platform. The company’s TPTs incorporate a tumor-targeting antibody fragment and a cytotoxic protein payload within a single protein molecule in order to achieve focused tumor cell killing. Eleven Biotherapeutics believes its TPT approach offers significant advantages in treating cancer over existing antibody drug conjugate technologies. Eleven Biotherapeutics promotes the idea that its TPTs provide effective tumor targeting with broader cancer cell-killing properties than generally achievable other treatments that require tumor cell proliferation to be effective and can face challenges overcoming multi-drug resistance mechanisms within tumor cells.

In November, Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) completed a public offering of 5,525,000 shares of its common stock, pre-funded warrants to purchase an aggregate of 4,475,000 shares of common stock, and common warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 10,000,000 shares of common stock, raising approximately $8.0 million in gross proceeds and $7.0 million in net proceeds.

Eleven Biotherapeutics Q3 Earnings

Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) did not record any revenue for Q3 2017. In Q3 2016, the company reported revenue of $28.7 million. This difference was due to revenue recognized in 2016 from the company’s license agreement with Roche. Roche’s next licensing milestone payment will be triggered upon commencement of a Phase 2 clinical trial by Roche.

Net loss for Q3 2017 was (-$9.1) million, or (-$0.37) per share, versus net income of $19.5 million, or $0.95 per basic share and $0.91 per diluted share, for the same period in 2016. The change was primarily the result of revenue recognized in 2016 from the company’s license agreement with Roche.

Research and development expenses were $3.6 million, compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2016. Cash and cash equivalents were $11.3 million.

EBIO Stock Performance

Per share earnings for the biotech company have been on an upward trend ever since 2013, when the company reported a loss of (-$16.19). Losses contracted annually and in 2016 a EPS profit of $0.01 was posted. Last year, due to the Roche licensing agreement, the company reported some sales of $30 million. A number that that could be considered “material” for the first time in its existence. However, the company has a consistent history of diluting shareholder equity. In 2013 the number of outstanding shares stood at 1.35 million, then continued to expand on an annual basis. In 2016 the company ended the year with 21.08 million shares outstanding.

For the year, EBIO shares have lost 70%, and, for the month, the shares have lost 45% in value. Despite performance that lags the markets, and its sector, EBIO shares are rated “Market Perform” and “Strong Buy” by the two investment firms that follow the company. Their consensus, one-year price target is $12.

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Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST)

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) Booms on Possible Deal

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST)

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) stock was up over 155%, to $3.25, before retreating in the first 45 minutes of trading to the $2.25 handle for a 75%+ gain over Friday’s close of $1.27. Volume has been massive – almost 1,900 times the daily average. The move comes after the biopharmaceutical company announced entering into a non-binding, licensing term sheet with a leading China-based pharmaceutical company.

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST)

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST), headquartered in Quebec, Canada, is a biopharmaceutical company that is developing the cardiovascular drug, CaPre (omega-3 phospholipid), for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia. This condition affects an estimated one third of the U.S. population. The company’s strategy is to initially develop and commercialize CaPre for the 3 to 4 million patients in the U.S. with severe hypertriglyceridemia.

Acasti Deal

At this stage, the licensing deal is non-binding. Upon its execution, the proposed term sheet expects that Acasti would receive an upfront payment of $8 million, additionally there would be regulatory and commercial milestone payments in excess of $125 million, and tiered double-digit royalties on net sales.

The deal grants an exclusive license to the Chinese pharmaceutical company to commercialize CaPre in China and other specified Asian countries. With the high prevalence of hypertriglyceridemia in Asia, this potential partnership presents a significant commercial opportunity for both Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) and CaPre.

Acasti’s press release specifies that the deal is not yet agreed to, and conditions and terms may change from those that have been released to the public.

ACST Stock Performance

Shares of Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) have been largely flat for the year, losing 5.2% prior to today’s price action. It has been trading in a range between $1.20 and $1.40 for most of 2016 and 2017, but briefly spiked to hit a 52-week high of $2.46.

In August, the company reported its Q1 2018 financial results. Its net loss was C(-$2.8) million or C(-$0.19) per share which was an improvement on its performance for the same period of the prior year when the loss was C(-$3.2) million or C(-$0.29) per share.

Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:ACST) has a low float figure of 8.1 million shares which makes it a favorite of momentum traders. ACST stock has a Relative Strength Index score of 90 which places it well into the metric’s range that most observers consider to be in “overbought” status.

ACST shares have a listed one-year target share price of $8.21.

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Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) shares have come off their early morning high of $9.00, bounced off $5.50 level and now trading above $6 handle.

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) Sees Morning Volatility

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO)

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) shares have come off their early morning high of $9.00, bounced off the 45.50 level and are now trading above the $6 handle. Volume, as of 10 AM EST, is already at 1.2 million shares. CBIO shares have a listed daily average of just over 271,000. The company has released no news, or made any filings, that could account for the morning’s volatility.

Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO)

Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:CBIO) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address hematology indications. Catalyst is focused on the field of hemostasis, including the subcutaneous prophylaxis of hemophilia and facilitating surgery in individuals with hemophilia. Catalyst’s most advanced program is a potent next-generation coagulation Factor VIIa variant, marzeptacog alfa (activated), that has successfully completed an intravenous Phase 1 clinical trial in individuals with severe hemophilia A or B.

CBIO Stock

In February, Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:CBIO) underwent a reverse stock split to stay in compliance with NASDAQ rules regarding low priced stock. Dilution has been an issue for shareholders of CBIO. In 2013, there were 20,000 shares outstanding. By the end of 2016 that number had ballooned to 780,000.

Sales have also been going in the wrong direction. In 2012 Catalyst reported sales of $57.9 million. However, that figure was just $400,000 for FY 2016. On a diluted adjusted basis, EPS loss for 2013 was -$409.30. That loss shrank steadily and the EPS loss for CBIO was -$21.75 for 2016.

Of particular note is that the company reports a cash per share value of $6.35. Shares are trading around that level this morning. Analysts have given CBIO shares a rating of “Strong Buy”. Their consensus, one-year price target is $12.33.

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Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO)

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) Awarded European Patent

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO)

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) traded higher after the European Patent Office granted it a patent on methods for treating cardiovascular disease with a thiol-substituted isosorbide mononitrate. Shares of the company gained 20.83% to end Thursday’s trading session at $1.45 a share.

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO)

ABIO Stock Performance

Thursday’s rally capped yet another impressive run as the stock continues to bounce back from yearly lows. Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) has shed more than 40% in market value since the start of the year as short sellers continue to apply pressure. The stock is currently trading in a downtrend and faces immediate resistance at $1.60.

The new European Patent appears to have revitalized investors’ confidence in the stock. Titled Methods of and Compositions for Cardiovascular Disease and Conditions, the patent provides protection for Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) approach for treating patients with cardiovascular diseases and conditions.

AB171 Development

The biopharmaceutical company has discovered what it believes is a pharmacogenetic target for AB171, which can be used in genetically targeted cardiovascular development programs. ARCA plans to advance the development of AB171 for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease and for chronic heart failure.

“The addition of AB171 to our genetically-targeted development pipeline, including the Gencaro atrial fibrillation-heart failure program, is consistent with that mission. We believe our experience with GENETIC-AF has established the feasibility of in-house design and execution of pharmacogenetic clinical trials, and has provided invaluable insights into this type of drug development,” said CEO, Michael Bristow.

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) expects top-line results on a Phase 2B Genetic-AF trial in the latter part of the first quarter of 2018. The Phase 2B trial will be investigating the safety and efficacy of Gencaro to Toprol-XL for the treatment and prevention of atrial fibrillation or heart flutter.

“We are focused on executing our genetically-targeted approach to cardiovascular drug development and look forward to furthering our development of Gencaro as well as initiating additional pharmacogenetic development programs..,” said Mr. Brostow.

Arca Q3 Financial Results

Separately, Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) reported a net loss of (-$4.4) million or (-$0.39) a share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Net loss for the first nine months of the year came in at (-$14.3) million compared to a net loss of (-$12.2) million for the corresponding period last year. Research and development expenses for the quarter totaled $3.5 million compared to $3.7 million for Q3 2016.

Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO) exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $16 million compared to $23.5 million as of December 31, 2016. The cash balance is sufficient to fund operations and projected cost structure through the end of the second quarter of 2018.

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Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT)

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) Moves on Topline Trial Results

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT)

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) was a big mover after announcing top-line trial results from a phase 3 safety study of its abuse-deterrent oxycodone formulation Egalet-002. Shares of the company gained 38.55% after it emerged the formulation was well tolerated, and adverse events reported were consistent with expected outcomes.

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT)

Egalet-002 Top Line Results

According to the Chief Executive Officer, Bob Radie, the positive Phase 3 safety study results validates the company’s Guardian technology, which is being used to develop abuse-deterrent formulations of prescription medications.

Last year, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) reported positive top-line result from a category 3 intranasal human abuse potential study of Egalet. The formulation is currently in late-stage development for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, long-term opioid treatment for which other treatment options are inadequate.

Despite the 38% rally, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) continues to trade in a downtrend after underperforming the overall industry for the better part of the year. The stock has shed more than 80% in market value since the start of the year and is currently trading near all-time lows. Shares of the company closed at $1.15, last year they were trading at $5.58 a share.

Despite the underperformance, the Chief Executive Officer remains bullish about the company’s long-term prospects as they move to address the prescription abuse crisis.

“With 124% prescription growth and 41% revenue growth for our marketed products over last year’s third quarter, we continue to grow our business With a cash position of $102.1 million and the increased focus on non-narcotic and innovative treatments to alleviate pain,” said Mr. Radie

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) registered a 101% increase in Nasal Spray prescriptions over the third quarter of 2016. The company also partnered Ascend Therapeutics to begin promotion of SPRIX Nasal Spray to over 11,000 target women healthcare providers.

Egalet Q3 Financial Results

Net product sales for the third quarter came in at $6.7 million compared to $4.7 million reported last year. Cost of sales was $1.2 million up from $914,000 as of last year and reflected the average cost of inventory produced and dispensed to patients. General and Administrative expenses dropped to $6.8 million from $8 million as of the corresponding period last.

Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) generated a net loss of (-$18.9) million in Q3 2017 or (-$0.46) a share, compared to a net loss of (-$26.9) million or (-$1.10) reported last year. The earnings exceeded Wall Street expectations as analysts were expecting a net loss of (-$0.47) cents a share. The integrated specialty pharmaceutical company exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $102.1 million.

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Why Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH) Jumped

Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH)

Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH) shares closed up 10%, and had two closing days above the $2 level for the first time since May of 2017. The catalyst for the stock’s upward momentum, on a day when markets sold off, seems to be an article authored by a CFA specializing in the biotech space. The analyst rates the shares a “Buy”.

Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH)

Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH) is a biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes therapies to treat serious diseases associated with inflammation, including enzyme replacement therapies and autoimmune diseases. Anthera has two Phase III product candidates, liprotamase also known as Sollpura and blisibimod. Sollpura is a non-porcine investigational Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy intended for the treatment of patients suffering from Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, often seen in patients with cystic fibrosis.

Analysts on Anthera

Three analysts follow Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH). One rates ANTH as a “Strong Buy”, while the other two rate the shares as a “Hold”. The analysts have a consensus, one-year price target of $2.00 on the shares – $0.31 below today’s close. For FY2017, analysts are projecting an EPS loss of (-$3.34).

ANTH Stock Performance

For the year, ANTH stock is down over 85%. However, the shares are up 45% for the past month.

In 2015, Anthera posted sales of $3.2 million but for 2016 the figure was a disappointing $100,000. Earnings have been disappointing as well. In 2012, the biotech firm reported an earnings loss of (-$50.19). The next year the loss was (-$13.52), followed in 2014 by a loss of (-$10.88), then (-$7.91) for 2015, and in 2016, the loss was (-$12.87).

There are a number of short-sellers on ANTH stock. Their short positions represent 15% of the stock’s float.

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CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI)

CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI) Reports Narrow Q3 Net Loss

CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI)

Shares of CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI) gained 8.37% after the biopharmaceutical company reported a narrower than expected net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. In addition, the company was able to strengthen its balance sheet through the issuance of shares to certain investors.

CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI)

Declining Net Loss

Net loss for the third quarter came in at ($1.6) million or (-$0.03) a share, compared to a net loss of (-$1.7) million reported last year. For the first nine months of the year, CASI Pharmaceuticals net loss totaled (-$5.7) million, compared to a net loss of (-$6.8) million reported last year.

CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI) attributes the decline in net loss to a decrease in non-cash compensation expense associated with stock option issuance. Clinical expenses associated with the development of the company’s lead candidate drug ENMD-2076 were also down in the quarter.

“I am pleased with our third quarter financial results. In October, we announced a $23.8 million registered direct offering, funds raised from which will be used to advance our internal pipeline and support our business development in-license activities,” said CEO Ken K. Ren.

CASI Stock Performance

Investors reacted to the declining net loss by pushing the stock up the chart. The stock is currently trading in an uptrend as it makes a push for its 52-week high of $3.18 a share. CASI Pharmaceuticals is up by more than 100% for the year, as it continues to outperform the overall industry.

Data compiled by Zacks Investment Research indicates that the stock is currently rated as a ‘strong buy’ by one analyst firm. Analysts are forecasting a 14.71% year over year increase in earnings this year compared to last year. However, the analysts expect a -6.9% earnings growth next year.

Public Offering

Separately, China’s Food and Drug Administration has granted a priority review for CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI) clinical trial application for EVOMELA for injection. Depending on the review, the company could make a clinical trial application by the end of the year.

In September, CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CASI) entered into agreements with certain institutional and accredited investors for the purchase of approximately $23.8 million securities in a direct offering. The company expects net proceeds of $23.3 million that is to be used to support business development activities which includes advancing clinical trial programs.

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