Tracking Pre-Clinical Data in Biotech: Risk Versus Reward

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LAS VEGAS, October 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

If you know anything

about the biotechnology field you know that the potential of a start-up company is enormous. But with this enormous potential, comes massive risks with product development. One of the most important strategies in determining whether or not a biotechnology
company will be successful is tracking their pre-clinical studies during product development. The pre-clinical development process encompasses the activities that connect drug discovery in the laboratory to initiation of human clinical trials. Usually, the drug development process is separated into three steps: discovery, pre-clinical development, and clinical trial. What makes the pre-clinical stage so important, is it determines whether the drug will go into clinical trials with humans. A few biotechnology companies who should be on your watch list and are in the pre-clinical stage of immunotherapy drug development include: Endonovo Therapeutics (OTC: ENDV), Pulse Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLSE), NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ: NLNK), and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INO), Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ: VICL).

Endonovo Therapeutics (OTCQB: ENDV)

Market Cap: $19.4M, current share price: $.0715 

ENDV is at the top of this list as they are the most promising and performing the best right now in their pre-clinical trials testing their Immunotronic therapies, which use electrical stimulation to suppress an out of control immune response to injuries and disease. They announced just this week that interim results from their ongoing pre-clinical study assessing the effectiveness of its Immunotronics™ platform in the treatment and prevention of heart failure following myocardial infarction demonstrated improved cardiac function and less ventricular remodeling. This was evaluated by echocardiography in infarcted animals treated with the Company's non-invasive electroceutical two or three times per day for four weeks when compared to the control group. The Company expects final results to come out in the next few weeks. Additionally, they're preparing to conduct further pre-clinical studies using its newly developed electroceutical technology in the treatment of critical limb ischemia, kidney disease and Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH).

Pulse Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLSE)

Market Cap: $264.044M, current share price: $18.62 

PLSE is a medical technology company developing a therapeutic tissue treatment platform based on Nano-Pulse Stimulation, a proprietary cell signaling technology similar to the technology ENDV. PLSE announced treatment of the first patient in the Company's multi-center study evaluating the safety and efficacy of the NPS technology for the treatment of seborrheic keratosis (SK). The study is expected to treat approximately 45 adult patients with four or more non-facial SK lesions. They predict the study to be completed by the end of 2017.

NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ: NLNK)

Market Cap: $300.683M, current share price: $10.20 

NLNK a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel immuno-oncology product candidates with the aim to improve the lives of patients suffering from cancer. Also this month, they announced the beginning of a clinical collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca. This collaboration will assess the combination of indoximod, NewLink Genetics' small molecule IDO pathway inhibitor, and durvalumab, AstraZeneca's anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibody. This is focused along with standard of care chemotherapy for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INO)

Market Cap: $572.04M, current share price: $6.34 

Like ENDV, INO is taking immunotherapy to the next level in the fight against cancer as and infectious diseases. INO announced that the development of its DNA-based monoclonal antibody program received a boost from two peer-reviewed scientific papers. These reviews demonstrated their impact on prostate tumors and in preventing infection from a pneumonia-causing bacteria in preclinical studies.

Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ: VICL)

Market Cap: $28.9M, current share price: $3.28 

Vical develops biopharmaceutical products for the prevention and treatment of chronic or life-threatening infectious diseases, based on its patented DNA delivery technologies and other therapeutic approaches

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