December 7, 2012

$PVCT: If Not China, Then What?

In a prior post, I illustrated the then current snapshot of the horserace.
There may be a second geographic region in play (Australia?, India?*). My take on a comparison of license or deal headline numbers is below:

If the company wanted to hold onto oncology longer, a cost breakdown of the contemplated pivotal, key and other trials appears to be:
A China deal (or whatever possible combination of outlying geographic deals) that net a $25-50MM upfront payment goes a long way to providing the necessary funding for Provectus to make even more clinical trial progress.

Could dermatology nose out oncology at the finish line? Sure.

Recall the path Provectus traveled with PV-10 and oncology: clinical trials and regulatory discussions, followed by immunologic mechanism of action characterization work by a world-class institution. The early spadework to demonstrate efficacy, safety and multi-indication viability was followed and enhanced by Moffitt's past and future murine model results (not including, yet, human immunologic work). And while shareholders wished for Big/International Pharma to snap to attention (i.e., license PV-10) because of outstanding early-phase trial results, it now appears the immunology work already presented by Moffitt at SSO and Craig at SITC, followed by forthcoming work to be presented by Moffitt, is accelerating license interest and discussions of both regional and global natures.

Could PH-10 be following a similar path?

The "hang-up" with PV-10 appeared to have been with Big Pharma folks being unable to wrap their heads around how well PV-10 worked. They needed help to understand something they had never seen before. They appear to understand now, or at least are getting closer. As such, license interest and discussions are heating up.

It is not unreasonable to analogize PV-10's path to PH-10's, and thus potentially explain the delay in getting to a dermatology license or sale transaction. Perhaps immunologic mechanism of action characterization work is being done on PH-10 by a world-class institution to complete the understanding of prospective dermatology licensees before they fully commit to jumping into the pool. I think this immunology mechanism of action work is being at The Rockefeller University (the Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology?).
Once this PH-10 immunologic mechanism of action characterization work is completed and provided to prospective partners (I do not know when the work was started and when it and the subsequent analysis was or will be completed), and assuming this knowledge concludes their thinking, dermatology might well beat oncology to the finish line.

In this horse race, however, the more horses that cross the finish line -- Provectus licenses deals -- the better.

* I suspect PV-10's extremely low cost structure, and thus tremendous pricing flexibility, helps facilitate country discussions without fear or risk of patent loss (or too much of it).

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