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Avacta Group - Rapid Progress of Immuno-oncology Programs

Writen by Riccardo Lowi

KEY INVESTOR MESSAGES

  • Faster than expected development of the second immuno-oncology (I-O) program, a LAG3 inhibitor, allows company to evolve its lead program into a more ambitious LAG3/PD-L1 bispecific aiming to enter the clinic in 2020
  • Good progress of the ongoing external collaborations in two key areas: gene delivery (Moderna, OncoSec, FIT Biotech) and drug conjugates (Glythera)
  • Expect further licensing deals for Affimer reagents, based on multiple on-going evaluations
  • Stock price weakness reflects in our view uncertainty around a likely capital raise before year end rather than the company's strong fundamentals

 

We have updated our chart showing key milestones expected in the near term for the numerous in-house and external programs. 
 
The initial research phase of the collaboration with Moderna has a natural end point in May 2018; we expect Avacta to potentially announce an extension of this collaboration in the next couple of months or to have transferred an Affimer to Moderna for them to develop.

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