Nothing's nicer to see than a development-stage drugmaker that advances its compounds through the clinic in a timely and smart manner. Seattle Genetics
SGN-33 is in phase 1 and 2 testing as a treatment for acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes (formerly known as "preleukemia"). SGN-35 is in phase 1 testing as a treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Both are biopharmaceuticals. New data from SGN-33 is expected in the second half of 2008, with study results from SGN-35 coming by July.
Last year's inking of a very healthy collaboration deal with Genentech
Biopharmaceutical drugs are being valued at a premium to their small molecule counterparts, thanks to the indefinite de facto freedom from generic competition that now exists for biologics. Seattle Genetics stands out as one of the biggest development-stage pharmas with multiple unpartnered biopharmaceuticals in its pipeline that treat indications where biologics have proven themselves in the past.
All biotech investors should continue to watch closely the progress and early stage results that will be coming out later this year for Seattle Genetics' compounds.
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