Close menu




September 9th, 2022 | 10:53 CEST

300% chance with MorphoSys share? News from BioNTech and Defence Therapeutics

  • Biotechnology
Photo credits: pixabay.com

Analysts see a 300% price potential for MorphoSys. However, the latest quarterly figures did not give cause for euphoria. And not all analysts are so positive. On the other hand, BioNTech is currently doing well. The Mainz-based Company has received approval for its Omicron vaccine in the UK. However, the sustainable share price is increasingly determined by the pipeline. There is important news concerning the pipeline at Defence Therapeutics. In preclinical studies for the development of a novel cellular vaccine to fight cancer, the survival rate was 100%. The Canadians' unconventional approach could revolutionize modern medicine. More on the three biotech stocks here.

time to read: 4 minutes | Author: Fabian Lorenz
ISIN: MORPHOSYS AG O.N. | DE0006632003 , BIONTECH SE SPON. ADRS 1 | US09075V1026 , DEFENCE THERAPEUTICS INC | CA24463V1013

Table of contents:


    David Elsley, CEO, Cardiol Therapeutics Inc.
    "[...] As a company dedicated to developing treatments for rare heart diseases, we see this as an opportune moment to contribute to the fight against heart disease and make meaningful strides in improving heart health worldwide. [...]" David Elsley, CEO, Cardiol Therapeutics Inc.

    Full interview

     

    Is Defence Therapeutics revolutionizing modern medicine?

    Is Defence Therapeutics revolutionizing modern medicine with an unconventional approach? That is certainly the goal the Canadian biotech company is pursuing, and it recently achieved an important step along the way. "The fight against cancer involves multiple but specific strategies that directly target the tumor (e.g. CAR-T or immune checkpoint blockers). However, regression of the tumor alone is not enough, as the targeted tumor can grow again and form metastases throughout the body. In order to prevent this, a therapeutic cancer vaccine must be developed that is capable of destroying tumor cells and induces the formation of a long-term memory response that effectively protects against subsequent tumor recurrence. Until now, dendritic cell-based vaccines have been unable to achieve this goal. Defence Therapeutics has taken a different and unconventional approach by reprogramming mesenchymal stromal cells with its Accum technology to obtain powerful antigen-presenting cells," explained CEO Sébastien Plouffe.

    Now, preclinical studies in animals for the development of the novel cellular vaccine to fight cancer have yielded exciting results. Administration of the Defence vaccine, together with the immune checkpoints anti-PD1, have triggered a synergistic effect resulting in the survival of 100% of the experimental animals with existing lymphoma. CEO Plouffe stated: "This is another successful example of how versatile and efficient the AccumTM technology is. By optimizing specific components of the AccumTM molecule, Defence can design new products and extend existing ones that have novel pharmacological properties that can be leveraged in the development of new products to target different cancer indications in a personalized medicine approach." The share has yet to react, trading at around EUR 1.32 on Tradegate. The market capitalization is thus just over EUR 40 million.

    BioNTech: Cash for the pipeline

    Berenberg recommends the BioNTech share as a buy with a price target of USD 312. However, in order to meet the analysts' sales estimates, the Mainz-based company's order books would have to fill up again when the booster vaccines receive approval in September. It is precisely this scenario that is now becoming more concrete. Following the US and EU, BioNTech and partner Pfizer have received regulatory approval in the UK for the bivalent Omicron vaccine variant of the COVID-19 vaccine. Authorities said that the Comirnaty vaccine met standards for safety, quality and efficacy. The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is already expected to be used for booster programs in the fall. Delivery can begin in the near term, according to the two companies. As a result, BioNTech should continue to have strong revenues available to fund its development pipeline. Those developments, including for pancreatic cancer and so-called CAR-T cells, will determine the long-term success of the Company and the share. For expansion, BioNTech is looking into opening a site in Isreal. "With its public health initiatives, Israel has become a role model in dealing with the pandemic. It has made significant contributions to the understanding of COVID-19 vaccines and their importance to public health," said board member Ugur Sahin in a meeting with Israeli Economy Minister Orna Barbivai. "Our goal is not only to evaluate technological solutions for Israel's pandemic preparedness but also to establish new research collaborations."

    MorphoSys with a price potential of EUR 65?

    Is it worth getting in on MorphoSys? The stock is trading near its 52-week low of just over EUR 16. That means the shares of the German biotech company have lost more than 60% of their value within a year. From a chart perspective, the share is in a clear downward trend. And analyst opinions are also straightforward. Three of the four accompanying banks rate the MorphoSys share as "hold" or "neutral". Only Berenberg advises buying. The price target is a proud EUR 65. The last quarterly figures were unsurprising, the analysts said. The pipeline of MorphoSys is making good progress. The main focus is now on the Alzheimer's drug gantenerumab. Deutsche Bank is much more skeptical. Sales of the blood cancer drug Monjuvi were again below consensus estimates. The sales outlook was also disappointing, and the planned significant investment cuts would not really change this. Due to the slide in the share price in recent weeks, the analysts' target price of EUR 30 is nevertheless a good deal above the current price. A change of personnel on the Management Board may bring new momentum to the Company and the share. On October 1, Dr Tim Demuth, currently Chief Medical Officer of Pieris Pharmaceuticals, will assume the position of Chief Research and Development Officer.

    "I am very pleased to join MorphoSys at this pivotal and exciting time," said Demuth. "The clinical data to date underscore the tremendous potential of the Company's pipeline. I look forward to leading the advancement of the pivotal Phase 3 studies evaluating pelabresib in the first-line treatment of myelofibrosis and tafasitamab in the first-line treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. If approved, these two drugs have the potential to change the standard of care in aggressive and difficult-to-treat blood cancers. I look forward to being part of this journey and bringing these drugs to patients."


    The share price performance of all three stocks has not been positive over the past 52 weeks. But operationally, BioNTech and Defence Therapeutics, in particular, are making progress. MorphoSys continues to disappoint on monetization, and the announced reductions in development spending are concerning for a research-based company.


    Conflict of interest

    Pursuant to §85 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), we point out that Apaton Finance GmbH as well as partners, authors or employees of Apaton Finance GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "Relevant Persons") may hold shares or other financial instruments of the aforementioned companies in the future or may bet on rising or falling prices and thus a conflict of interest may arise in the future. The Relevant Persons reserve the right to buy or sell shares or other financial instruments of the Company at any time (hereinafter each a "Transaction"). Transactions may, under certain circumstances, influence the respective price of the shares or other financial instruments of the Company.

    In addition, Apaton Finance GmbH is active in the context of the preparation and publication of the reporting in paid contractual relationships.

    For this reason, there is a concrete conflict of interest.

    The above information on existing conflicts of interest applies to all types and forms of publication used by Apaton Finance GmbH for publications on companies.

    Risk notice

    Apaton Finance GmbH offers editors, agencies and companies the opportunity to publish commentaries, interviews, summaries, news and the like on news.financial. These contents are exclusively for the information of the readers and do not represent any call to action or recommendations, neither explicitly nor implicitly they are to be understood as an assurance of possible price developments. The contents do not replace individual expert investment advice and do not constitute an offer to sell the discussed share(s) or other financial instruments, nor an invitation to buy or sell such.

    The content is expressly not a financial analysis, but a journalistic or advertising text. Readers or users who make investment decisions or carry out transactions on the basis of the information provided here do so entirely at their own risk. No contractual relationship is established between Apaton Finance GmbH and its readers or the users of its offers, as our information only refers to the company and not to the investment decision of the reader or user.

    The acquisition of financial instruments involves high risks, which can lead to the total loss of the invested capital. The information published by Apaton Finance GmbH and its authors is based on careful research. Nevertheless, no liability is assumed for financial losses or a content-related guarantee for the topicality, correctness, appropriateness and completeness of the content provided here. Please also note our Terms of use.


    Der Autor

    Fabian Lorenz

    For more than twenty years, the Cologne native has been intensively involved with the stock market, both professionally and privately. He is particularly passionate about national and international small and micro caps.

    About the author



    Related comments:

    Commented by Armin Schulz on June 10th, 2024 | 07:15 CEST

    Evotec, Vidac Pharma, Bayer - Biotech and Pharma: Opportunities for investors

    • Biotechnology
    • Pharma

    In the constantly evolving pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry landscape, innovative strength and strategic orientation play a decisive role in success. Both established groups and young, up-and-coming companies are competing for market share and scientific breakthroughs. In this context, it is worth taking a closer look at Vidac Pharma, Bayer and Evotec. These companies are pursuing different approaches and strategies to achieve their respective goals. How do they manage to hold their own in a highly dynamic market environment, and what prospects are emerging for the future?

    Read

    Commented by André Will-Laudien on June 10th, 2024 | 06:45 CEST

    Nasdaq short bets remain dangerous! TUI, Saturn Oil + Gas, Plug Power, and Evotec in the crosshairs

    • Mining
    • Oil
    • renewableenergies
    • Travel
    • Biotechnology

    Last week, Nvidia shares gave the bears a scare. Despite massive price gains in recent months, the shares of the specialist for high-performance chips gained another 20%, adding USD 600 billion to its valuation. Now, behind Microsoft, Nvidia is the second most valuable company in the world, surpassing even Apple. Of course, this did not happen without reason because, as of today, the share is trading at 1:10, which means a tenfold increase in the number of shares in the portfolio for shareholders. This does not change the market value per se, as the share price is also reduced by 90% at the opening. The aim is to make the share more accessible and allow retail investors to get involved. Stock splits of this kind are common on the NASDAQ and have often brought investors additional price gains in the following months. Where are the opportunities for investors?

    Read

    Commented by André Will-Laudien on June 6th, 2024 | 07:00 CEST

    Rally start for biotech! Evotec, Bayer, Defence Therapeutics, CureVac and BioNTech in pole position

    • Biotechnology
    • Pharma

    Sell in May and go Away! Far from it, as the stock markets continue to rise steadily in June. After a disappointing start to the year, the biotech sector is now also showing signs of recovery. Bayer and Evotec seem to have found their footing with improved outlooks. BioNTech, CureVac and Defence Therapeutics are providing promising data on various cancer vaccines. Whoever opens the door here can save millions of lives. And investors stand to make a fortune if one of the vaccines hits the mark. We analyze the opportunities and risks.

    Read