Next-Gen Breast Cancer Drugs Offer Patients Hope

These two drugs have investors excited about their potential.

Apr 9, 2014 at 6:30PM

Editor's Note: In the video below, Michael Douglass indicates that only a subset of patients in the phase 1 trial for bemaciclib had breast cancer. All of the patients in the phase 1 trial had breast cancer, but subsets had different types of breast cancer. The Motley Fool and the analyst regret the error.

The American Association for Cancer Research's meeting last weekend yielded some big news from Pfizer's (NYSE:PFE) and Amgen's (NASDAQ:AMGN) palbociclib and Eli Lilly's (NYSE:LLY) bemaciclib. These drugs, which are part of the new CDK 4/6 inhibitor class, have generated a lot of excitement, particularly given the recent data releases.

Palbociclib generated a statistically significant, 10-month increase in progression-free survival (PFS) in a phase 2 trial, while bemaciclib reported about a 9 month median increase in PFS for hormone receptor positive breast cancer patients in its phase 1 trial.

Some analysts have speculated that Pfizer might seek an early submission to the FDA based on the palbociclib trial data so far, and investors are going to want to watch these companies and drugs very closely for the next release of data.

In this video from Tuesday's Market Checkup, Motley Fool health care analysts David Williamson and Michael Douglass discuss the recent drug data and what that means for investors moving forward.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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