La Jolla Pharma (LJPC) Price Target Raised at Wedbush Following Positive GCS-100 Trial

March 11, 2014 8:17 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Wedbush reiterated an Outperform rating on La Jolla Pharma (NASDAQ: LJPC) and raised its price target to $32.00 (from $27.00). Comments follow positive results in a Phase 2a trial for GCS-100, which showed statistically significant improvement in kidney function in CKD patients.

"There were no serious adverse events in the 1.5 mg/m2 arm but there were two in patients treated with placebo and two in the 30 mg/m2 GCS-100 arm. None of the four SAEs were considered drug-related. A statistically significant (p=0.045) improvement in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was observed in the 1.5 mg/m2 treatment arm but not in placebo or 30 mg/m2 treated patients. The lack of net response in the high dose arm was also seen in a retrospective analyses of past oncology trials and we do not believe these results are worrisome," said analyst Liana Moussatos.

"La Jolla ended Q3:13 with about $10.7 million in cash and management reiterated runway into 2015. We anticipate the company is likely to move not only GCS-100 forward in CKD, but also initiate Phase 1 and 2 trials for multiple candidates including: LJPC-1010 for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), LJPC-401 in iron overload, and LJPC-501 in hepatorenal syndrome (HRS). With clinical, regulatory, and commercial success, we believe GCS-100 gross peak annual sales in CKD could conservatively reach over $1.2 billion worldwide in 2023. With potentially successful launches of GCS-100 in CKD and LJPC-501 in HRS in 2018, and LJPC-401 in iron overload in 2019, we anticipate LJPC achieving full-year profitability in 2019," she added.

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La Jolla Pharma closed at $10.90 yesterday, with a 52 week range of $3 - $12.


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