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We are initiating coverage of Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX), a clinical stage gene therapy company involved in developing various approaches to treating cancer, currently focused on non-small cell lung cancer, and autoimmune therapy currently focused on diabetes. GNPX has a proprietary technology platform designed to deliver tumor suppressor genes to cancer cells.
Current price $3.09 per share
Outstanding shares (est.) 38.63M
Shares in Float (est.) 26.78M
Insider ownership 23%
Institutional ownership 12.82%
We have reported on GNPX shares a few times this year, in January, in early May and again in June. Both times GNPX shares have realized near term gains as the shares went from our initial alert price of $1.20 per share to a high of $7.03 in February. After consolidating to $1.89 in March, the company shares have steadily climbed to today’s level.
The company was added to the Russell 3000 Index on Friday, June 26, 2020.
Potential near term to mid-term share catalysts:
Any updates on the company’s Phase I/II clinical trial with GPX-001 being combined with AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso.
Any updates on a Phase I/II clinical trial of a Phase I/II clinical trial of GPX-001 combined with Merck’s Keytruda.
The advancement of GPX-002 for diabetes from pre-clinical to Phase I clinical trial.
Date Brokerage Action Rating Price Target
5/26/2020 Noble Financial Reiterated Rating Buy $5.00
4/22/2020 Alliance Global Initiated Coverage Buy
Genprex is a development stage gene therapy company with a market cap of $119M. Pluristem (PSTI) is a development stage gene therapy company with a market cap of $240M. We believe GNPX has better potential than PTSI yet only has half the market cap.
The GNPX pipeline and collaborations:
The company’s lead product candidate, GPX-001 (quaratusugene ozeplasmid) for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), uses the company’s unique, proprietary Oncoprex™ nanoparticle delivery platform which delivers cancer-fighting genes by encapsulating them into nanoscale hollow spheres called nanoparticles, which are then administered intravenously and taken up by tumor cells where they express proteins that are missing or found in low quantities. The active ingredient in our lead product candidate, GPX-001, is the TUSC2 gene, a tumor suppressor gene.
AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso had more than $3 billion in worldwide gross sales in 2019, and Tagrisso is AstraZeneca’s highest grossing product. Given Genprex’s Fast Track Designation and Tagrisso’s status as the current standard of care in EGFR-mutated NSCLC. In January 2020, GNPX received a United States FDA Fast Track Designation for use of GPX-001 in combination with Tagrisso® for the treatment of NSCLC.
Merck’s Keytruda generated $11.1 billion in worldwide sales in 2019, and Keytruda is Merck’s highest grossing product. Keytruda is the standard of care in non-EGFR mutated NSCLC. Genprex plans to initiate a Phase I clinical trial evaluating GPX-001 in combination with Keytruda.
GPX-002 is a gene therapy for diabetes, is the most recent addition of their licensed technologies. GPX-002 was developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and is exclusively licensed to GNPX. GPX-002 is the only gene therapy candidate that has the potential to cure Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
Oconoprex Nanoparticle Delivery System is a platform has been designed and optimized to deliver cancer-fighting genes into the patient’s body. These cancer-fighting genes are encapsulated in nanoscale hollow spheres called “nanoparticles,” which are then administered intravenously and taken up by tumor cells where they express proteins that are missing or found in low quantities. The Oconoprex delivery system may be a candidate vehicle for delivering a variety of drugs.
Genprex is bringing its state-of-the-art gene therapy to some of the largest markets in biopharma, lung cancer and diabetes. What makes the GNPX approach different is the nanoparticle delivery system for its genes.
It seems GNPX shares are hovering in value range. They are trading 56% off their 52-week high and the market cap is half that of their closest competitor in scope. The shares currently lead their 50 DMA and 200 DMA of $3.08 and $1.92, respectively.
Updated report coming soon,
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