Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CYCC)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5

A development-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and eventual commercialization of novel, mechanism-targeted drugs to treat human cancers and other serious disorders.


Player Avatar zzlangerhans (99.85) Submitted: 5/10/2011 1:30:03 PM : Underperform Start Price: $11.41 CYCC Score: +15.46

Cyclacel is carving out a new spike this month, undoubtedly related to ASCO's approach. But the company's presentations are unlikely to contain meaningful new data - the SEAMLESS phase III trial of sapacitabine in elderly AML was only initiated a few months ago. After ASCO, investors will have to confront a company with a pipeline comprised of two weak candidates. Seliciclib may vanish from the scene after topline results of the APPRAISE phase IIb trial showed no effect of progression-free survival and only a non-significant positive trend in overall survival. Meanwhile, the phase II data for sapacitabine in elderly AML was unimpressive - 30% one-year survival, which compares unfavorably to the 40% one-year survival reported for Vidaza in an earlier study. Only interim safety data for SEAMLESS is expected in 2011. Another dilutive financing is almost certain before SEAMLESS proceeds to completion.

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