Brean Murray Carret & Co. Starts Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (MACK) at Buy, MM-398 and More...

September 27, 2012 7:49 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Brean Murray Carret & Co. initiates coverage on Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MACK) with a Buy. PT $12.00.

"Our current valuation is based on MM-398 (nanoencapsulated irinotecan), which is only one of five broadly diverse clinical stage candidates MACK is currently developing," the analyst notes. "MM-398 is currently being evaluated in the pivotal Phase III trial (NAPOLI-1) as a treatment for 2nd line pancreatic cancer and is in earlier stage development for other tumor types. We expect MM-398 to launch in 2015, with global peak sales in pancreatic cancer alone reaching $800M. MACK’s sophisticated Network Biology based drug development technology has led to the advancement of 5 additional drug candidates in early clincical testing. MACK has out-licensed one of these to Sanofi in a deal that we believe validates the company’s proprietary development capabilities. MACK will present Phase I data for MM-121 (breast cancer) and MM-111 (advanced HER-2 positive cancer) data next week at the ESMO conference in Vienna. However, we expect investors to be mainly focused on the progress of NAPOLI-1 over the near term."

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Shares of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals closed at $9.17 yesterday.

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