Potential catalysts through 1Q15 could include:
Commencing enrollment of its pivotal late-stage trial for melanoma (locally advanced unresectable/unresected cutaneous melanoma) is a key milestone and important catalyst for Provectus because the eventual outcome should provide clarity about the prospects for PV-10's regulatory validation (i.e., the drug's initial pathway to approval).
Securing a good-to-great regional transaction or two, in these cases for the world's two most populous countries, among other things (i) validates the drug's commercial prospects, (ii) more than bolsters Provectus' balance sheet with non-dilutive monies, (iii) brings partners to the fore that can facilitate late-stage trials in their respective geographies for primary liver cancer (and potentially breast cancer), further strengthening PV-10's multi-indication viability, and (iv) establishes a viable non-U.S. centric go-to-market strategy.
Moffitt Cancer Center's presentation of pre-clinical work underscoring their contention (initially conveyed at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and later at the 4th European Post-Chicago Melanoma & Skin Cancer Meeting) -- intralesional PV-10 may be rationally combined with systemic immunotherapy for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, and PV-10 would be a good candidate to evaluate in conjunction with available systemic therapies and new agents in development (respectively) -- could be the catalyst for a drug combination study of PV-10 and an anti-PD-1 agent like nivolumab or pembrolizumab. I think a study only materializes if (because) the data is sufficiently compelling to encourage one of the Big Pharmas to accede to more favorable non-clinical-related terms and conditions than to what other combo study partners have agreed. This data should be presented by Moffitt at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer in early-November.