Aerie Pharma (AERI) PT Raised to $52 at Needham & Company as Roclatan Knocks It Out of the Park

September 15, 2016 6:35 AM EDT
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Needham & Company analyst Serge Belanger reiterated a Buy rating and boosted his price target on Aerie Pharma (NASDAQ: AERI) to $52.00 (from $45.00) after the company reported positive results from MERCURY-1, the first of two ph 3 trials evaluating Roclatan (fixed-dose combo of Rhopressa and latanoprost) for the treatment of glaucoma.

Roclatan met all of its endpoints, demonstrating statistically significant superiority over each of its components at all 9 time points and IOP-lowering effect 1 - 3 mmHg greater than monotherapy with either of its components. The safety profile of Roclatan was similar to the ph 2 study, with mild hyperemia as the main adverse event.

"These data position Roclatan as one of the most effective IOP-lowering glaucoma treatments. Results from the 2nd ph 3 trial (MERCURY-2) are expected in 2Q17," Belanger said. "We maintain our Buy rating and adjust our PT to $52 (from $45) to reflect the highly positive results and overall de-risking of the program."

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Shares of Aerie Pharma closed at $21.13 yesterday.

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