NVLX & Other Small Cap Oncology Stocks on Fire Leading Up to ASCO Meeting
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Nuvilex completed two successful Phase II clinical trials using its live-cell encapsulation platform to treat advanced pancreatic cancer via a targeted approach at the site. The encapsulated cells are able to convert the inactive chemotherapy drug ifosfamide to its active (cancer-killing) form at the site in which they are placed. As a result, the encapsulated cells create a high level of drug in proximity to the pancreatic tumor where the treatment can provide for the greatest anti-tumor effect.
Furthermore, by using cell encapsulation in this way, a significant reduction in side-effects was seen since much lower doses (than normally used for cancer treatment) of the chemotherapeutic drug were to be used. Only a single implantation of encapsulated cells was needed and only two “rounds” of drug treatment were employed (usually ifosfamide is given multiple times during a “course” of chemotherapy). When the results were compared with those of the “standard” single agent (Gemzar) treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer, they demonstrated approximate doubling of both the patients’ median survival time and the percentage of 1-year survivors. In addition, Nuvilex’s treatment resulted in a lower side effect profile (improved quality of life) as compared to Gemzar.
Considering the difficulty of treating pancreatic cancer, it remains one of the most high profile types of cancer. Coupled with the upside valuation potential and the rise of small cap oncology stock development and their shares ahead of the ASCO meeting, it is likely that Nuvilex remains high on small stock investors’ radar screens for the foreseeable future.
As Nuvilex executes on milestone achievements the stock should continue to approach our $0.50 price target. We rate these shares Speculative Buy.
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