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Hot Medical Companies To Own In Right Now: Medical Care Technologies Inc (MDCE)
Medical Care Technologies Inc., formerly AM Oil Resources & Technology Inc., incorporated on February 27, 2007, is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in the development and maintenance of secure medical information systems used by healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. The Company operates in three business segments: Medical Management Software Systems, Medi-Clinics and Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Products.
Medical Management Software Systems
The Company produces a range of medical management software systems, which could be used in a range of healthcare settings to electronically connect the healthcare industry with the consumer. It includes healthcare monitoring devices for glucose monitoring and cardiovascular monitoring and solutions, among others. The primary customers served by the software systems are hospitals and clinics, physicia ns’ office practices, consumers and retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers.
The Company have developed the Med-Suite Professional Practice Management information system. The Med-Suite is geared for usage by healthcare providers, such as physicians and nurses in hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. The e-management solution addresses the needs of healthcare providers to manage and communicate administrative and clinical data.
The second information systems product developed by the Company is the Tele-Health Suite. Tele-Health functions similarly to a hospital or doctor’s chart and is an interactive record to communicate patient data between healthcare providers and, healthcare providers and patients for treatment support, management and monitoring of the patient’s health.
The CareBox concept is a product designed for persons needing Tele-Health but who do not have access to the necessary computer h ardware. The CareBox is a personal Internet communication de! vice that functions as the interface to the subscriber based network. The Company’s network would provide users access to telecommunication, tele-medicine applications and product access. The CareBox is engaged in the development of healthcare service delivery to the individual subscriber.
The CareBox system offers remote, real-time, audio-visual communication between patient and healthcare personnel. It offers a complete medical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment from a remote location. The CareBox processes on-site collections of physiological measurements and provides bi-directional audio-video communication.
The CareBox Bluetooth software requirements installed to mobile computing devices. It is compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry and other mobile cellular phone protocols. It enables wireless upload of personal medical information from medical and wellness monitoring devices.
Using the online facility, healthcare providers (do ctors, nurses) could admit and assess patients, and subsequently create and revise individual healthcare plans. Attachments could be made to the CareBox, for monitoring blood-oxygen levels, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, as well as blood glucose levels. If readings are outside normal limits, the system would initiate a pre-programmed response and instruction for client intervention would be given. The system provides continuous monitoring at home for the clients, which serves to lengthen the period of time a person could live independently, while reducing the number of re-admissions to care facilities.
Retail Pharmacies and Retail Medical Clinics
The Company focuses to open professional, and convenience retail pharmacies and also retail medical clinics. Within the pharmacies, it focuses to have over the counter (OTC) drugs, nutritional supplements, herbal products, personal care products, family care products, as well as products, including co nsumable, seasonal and promotional items. The customers woul! d also ha! ve access to the medical software and hardware systems. It plans to open retail medical clinics, with a specific view to treating patients with telemedicine as well as a traditional treatment format.
Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Products
The Company plans to develop or source and sell pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products, and a range of other merchandise, including over-the-counter medicines, herbal products, personal care products, family care products in the planned Medi-Clinics, through the Website, retail pharmacies and through established sales and distribution channels in the People’s Republic of China. It would also offer private label products. Med-Suite, in concert with a person’s secure personal health record, would allow the medical professional to communicate pharmaceutical, administrative, clinical data in a cost-effective manner. The Company plans to use Med-Suite to provide marketing tools for pharmaceutical sales automa tion.
- [By Peter Graham]
What’s the Catch With Timios National Corp? According to various disclosures, at least one promoter expects to be compensated up to $140k to talk about Timios National Corp. However, Timios National Corp itself has been fairly quiet with news for the past several months except for financial filings. Probably the most recent relevant filing dates from September and is about an Asset Purchase Agreement with Adobe Title, LLC, whereby HOMS acquired all of the assets and properties of, and assumed certain liabilities, from the latter in consideration of $500,000 plus an earn-out equal to 7.25% of the Gross Revenue up to a maximum of $3,500,000 starting approximately six months from the date of the Agreement and ending on the forty-eighth monthly anniversary of such start date. A quick look at Timios National Corp’s financials reveals revenues of $6,810k (most recent reported quarter), $8,519k, $7,355k and $6,866k for the past four reported quarters along with a n et loss of $120k (most recent reported quarter), net income of $329k and $66, and a net loss of $2,073k. At the end of September, Timios National Corp had $776k in cash to cover $3,661k in current liabilities and $6,700k in total liabilities. So its hard to explain the sudden share price decline last Friday.
Medical Care Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS: MDCE) Says Its Well Positioned to Profit From Health Care in Hong Kong
Small cap Medical Care Technologies Inc, through joint ventures or Chinese subsidiaries, develops a network of family and children’s health facilities in the larger urban areas throughout China. Services are geared towards the advancing economic middle-class Chinese families. On Friday, Medical Care Technologies Inc sank 25% to $0.0012 for a market cap of $2,060 plus MDCE is up 1,100% over the past year and up 20% over the past five years according to Google Finance.
Hot Medical Companies To Own In Right Now: Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc (AGIO)
Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., incorporated on August 7, 2007, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is intend to apply its deep understanding of metabolism, coupled with the Company’s ability to create medicines that can inhibit or activate metabolic enzymes, to fundamentally change the way cancer and inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) are treated. The Company has identified and validated novel and druggable targets in both cancer and IEMs. The Company’s two advanced cancer programs are targeting mutations in the enzymes isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2, referred to as IDH1 and IDH2. The Company’s drug candidates are selective for the mutated forms of IDH1 and IDH2 found in cancer cells versus the normal forms of IDH1 and IDH2 found in all other cells.
The Company focused on developing medicines to address IEMs, with a novel approach to these orphan diseases for which no effective or disease-modifying therapy is available. The Company has also de-v alidated and terminated numerous programs, including many that have been reported in scientific journals. In the Company’s IEM portfolio, it uses an equally rigorous set of validation techniques.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Equities Trading UP
Sangamo Biosciences (NASDAQ: SGMO) shot up 16.32 percent to $22.81 announced the publication in the NEJM of the first-in-man study of genome editing using its ZFN technology. Shares of Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO) got a boost, shooting up 27.72 percent to $40.41 after the company reported quarterly results. BJ’s (NASDAQ: BJRI) was also up, gaining 21.04 percent to $33.48 after the company was upgraded toa Buy rating at Buckingham research.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Shares of Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO) got a boost, shooting up 29.08 percent to $40.84 after the company reported quarterly results.
Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) was also up, gaining 13.47 percent to $22.41 after the company reported Q4 results and announced the sale of its Steele’s off-price division to a new retail unit of Hilco Global.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO) shares touched a new 52-week low of $18.83. Agios Pharmaceuticals’ trailing-twelve-month profit margin is -102.87%.
Hot Medical Companies To Own In Right Now: BIND Therapeutics Inc (BIND)
BIND Therapeutics, Inc., incorporated on May 19, 2006, is a clinical-stage nanomedicine platform company developing Accurins, its targeted and programmable therapeutics. Accurins are designed with specified physical and chemical characteristics to target specific cells or tissues and concentrate a therapeutic payload at the site of disease to enhance efficacy while minimizing adverse effects on healthy tissues. Its drug candidate, BIND-014, is in Phase II clinical trials for non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, and metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).
Accurins represent the evolution of targeted therapies and nanomedicine. Accurins are polymeric nanoparticles that incorporate a therapeutic payload and are designed to have prolonged circulation within the bloodstream, enable targeting of the diseased tissue or cells, and provide for the controlled and timely release of the therapeutic payload. The four components include Targeting ligands, St ealth and protective layer, Controlled-release polymer matrix and Therapeutic payload. The Company focuses to use its medicinal nanoengineering platform to develop Accurins in several therapeutic areas, with an initial focus on the treatment of various types of cancer. In addition, the Company entered into collaboration agreements with several biopharmaceutical companies to develop and commercialize Accurins that are based on its collaborators’ therapeutic payloads. The Company’s programs include BIND-014, solid tumor accurin and hematologic cancer accurin.
- [By John Udovich]
Yesterday, small cap biotech Acceleron Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: XLRN) rose 9.76% plus shares are up 183.6% for retail investors since its September IPO, meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of other biotech IPOs like BIND Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BIND), Ophthotech Corp (NASDAQ: OPHT) and Foundation Medicine Inc (NASDAQ: FMI) which also debuted at the same time.
- [By John Udovich]
The biotech sector has been pretty exciting this year with small cap biotech stocks Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) and TNI BioTech (OTCMKTS: TNIB) having recently produced noteworthy news for investors while Acceleron Pharma, Inc (NASDAQ: XLRN), Ophthotech (NASDAQ: OPHT) and BIND Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BIND) have just set term sheets for their upcoming IPOs. Just consider all of the following recent news:
- [By John Udovich]
If you have not been watching the biotech sector lately, you should start paying attention as the sector along with small cap biotech stocks like Cell Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CTIC), BIND Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BIND) and TNI BioTech (OTCMKTS: TNIB) continue to produce a steady stream of good news for investors thanks to positive industry trends. Moreover, Ophthotech Corp (NASDAQ: OPHT), Foundation Medicine Inc (NASDAQ: FMI), Evoke Pharma and Fate Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: FATE) are this week’s biotech IPOs that will no doubt be watched closely by Wall Street and industry observers in general. With that in mind, consider the following biotech news or recent articles about the industry and the small cap players in it:
Hot Medical Companies To Own In Right Now: Decision Diagnostics Corp (DECN)
Decision Diagnostics Corp., formerly instaCare Corp., incorporated on March 2, 2001, is a prescription and non-prescription diagnostics and home testing products distributor. The Company distributes brand name prescription and non-prescription diagnostics products, as well as several lines of ostomy, wound cares and post-surgery medical products. The Company through its subsidiaries, PDA Services, Inc. and Decision IT Corp. offers information technology solutions in several medical cares market channels by providing physicians with information at the point of care. The Company’s retail prescription business maintains three operating units, which include Licensed wholesale prescription drug distribution business; Licensed distribution of diabetes diagnostics and supplies; and Internet pharmacy/prescription fulfillment.
The Company’s software is designed to integrate point of service applications. The Company is also a developer of products that offer solutions in medical care and management by providing physicians with essential information instantaneously as they meet with their patients. In addition, the Company markets its MD@Hand and MD @Work software application, which also leverages the connectivity of smart cell phones devices through the Internet. The Company’s applications run on smart phones manufactured by Apple, Palm, Motorola and Samsung.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Over the past few weeks, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX) and Decision Diagnostics Corp. (OTCBB:DECN) have dominated the diabetes diagnostics and diabetes treatment landscape. Shares of LXRX jumped 20% on Tuesday following news that one of the key drugs in its pipeline showed more than enough efficacy in its clinical trials. DECN shares are up more than 250% on the heels of an almost-assured victory in its patent lawsuit against industry giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Anyone looking for a new trade in the diabetes diagnostics space, however, may want to look past overbought Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and Decision Diagnostics at this point, and instead turn their attention to newly-budding Neurometrix Inc. (NASDAQ:NURO).
Hot Medical Companies To Own In Right Now: Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TARO)
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., incorporated in 1959, is a science-based pharmaceutical company. The Company develops manufactures, and markets prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products, primarily in the United States, Canada and Israel. The Company also develops and manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), primarily for use in its finished dosage form products. The Company’s primary areas of focus include pediatric creams and ointments, liquids, capsules and tablets, mainly in the dermatological and topical, cardiovascular, neuropsychiatric and anti-inflammatory therapeutic categories. The Company operates through three companies: Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Taro Israel), and two of its subsidiaries (including indirect), Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Taro Canada) and Taro U.S.A. The Company markets more than 180 pharmaceutical products in over 25 countries.
Taro Israel manufactures more than 160 finished dosage form pharmaceutical products for sale in Israel and for export. It produces APIs used in the manufacture of finished dosage form pharmaceutical products. It markets and distributes generic products in the local Israeli market. Taro Israel’s primary product lines include dermatology, prescription and OTC semi-solid products (creams, ointments and gels) and liquids; cardiology and neurology, prescription oral dosage products; oral analgesics, both prescription and OTC, and OTC oral and nasal sprays and ophthalmic products.
Taro Canada manufactures more than 70 finished dosage form pharmaceutical products for sale in Canada and for export. It markets and distributes generic products in the local Canadian market. Its product line includes dermatology: prescription and OTC semi-solid products (creams, ointments and gels) and liquids, cardiology, oncology, gastrointestinal and neurology: prescription oral and injects able dosage products, and allergy (antihistamine ): OTC oral dosage products.
Taro U.S.A markets! and distributes generic products in the United States market. Its primary product lines include dermatology: prescription and OTC semi-solid products (creams, ointments and gels) and liquids, cardiology and neurology: prescription oral dosage products, and other prescription and OTC products.
The Company competes with Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer/Wyeth, Valeant, Galderma, Merck/Schering-Plough, Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Mylan Laboratories, Perrigo Company, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Merck Canada Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., Janssen Inc., Schering-Plough Canada, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., GlaxoSmithKline Inc., Bayer Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Apotex Inc., Teva Canada Limited, Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC, Sandoz Canada Incorporated, Pharmascience Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Perrigo Israel Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Dexxon Ltd., Rafa Laboratories Ltd., Bayer AG, Eli Lilly and C ompany, Merck & Co., Inc. and Pfizer Inc.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Teva has dropped 7.7% to $37.85 today at 3:23 p.m. but doesn’t seem to be spreading though the generic drug space. Taro Pharmaceuticals (TARO) ha gained 1.1% to $79, while Actavis (ACT) has gained 1.2% to $156.25 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (RDY) has advanced 1% to $40.24. Mylan (MYL) has dropped 0.7% to $38.40.
- [By Rich Smith]
Israeli drugmaker Taro Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE: TARO ) has a new CEO — and a new Chairman of the Board, as well.
On Thursday, Taro announced the imminent retirement of Interim Chief Executive Officer Mr. James Kedrowsk, who will be replaced August 1 by new permanent CEO Mr. Kalyanasundaram Subramanian (“Kal Sundaram”). Additionally, the company said that Dilip Shanghvi has been appointed Chairman of its Board of Directors.
Hot Medical Companies To Own In Right Now: Genomic Health Inc (GHDX)
Genomic Health, Inc. (Genomic Health), incorporated in August 2000, is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the global development and commercialization of genomic-based clinical laboratory services that analyze the underlying biology of cancer allowing physicians and patients to make individualized treatment decisions. Its Oncotype DX platform utilizes quantitative genomic analysis known as reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), in standard tumor pathology specimens to provide tumor-specific information, or the oncotype of a tumor. As of February 2012, Oncotype DX was evaluated in invasive breast cancer in 13 clinical studies involving more than 4,000 breast cancer patients worldwide. Genomic Health offers its Oncotype DX tests as a clinical service, where it analyzes the expression levels of genes in tumor tissue samples and provide physicians with a quantitative gene expression profile expressed as a single quantitative score, which it calls a R ecurrence Score, for invasive breast cancer and colon cancer and a DCIS Score for DCIS. Its Oncotype DX breast cancer test analyzes the expression levels of 21 genes and Oncotype DX colon cancer test analyzes the expression levels of 12 genes. In March 2012, the Company established a wholly owned subsidiary, InVitae Corporation.
Oncotype DX Platform
The Company’s Oncotype DX platform uses its RT-PCR approach to improve cancer treatment decisions. Its diagnostic approach correlates gene expression to clinical outcomes and provides an individualized analysis of each patient’s tumor. The Company has built a diagnostic infrastructure that allows it to move from research into development through to processing actual patient samples in its clinical reference laboratory. The Company offers Oncotype DX tests as clinical laboratory services. Its technology allows the Company to analyze tumor tissue samples in its clinical reference laboratory and provide physicians with genomic information specific to the patient’! s tumor. It analyzes tissues that are handled, processed and stored under routine clinical pathology laboratory practices.
Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Test
To develop its Oncotype DX breast cancer test, the Company evaluated 250 genes in three independent clinical studies, which identified a 21-gene panel whose composite gene expression profile can be represented by a breast cancer Recurrence Score. The Company conducted studies of its Oncotype DX breast cancer test with clinical samples from postmenopausal women with invasive breast cancer who were treated with aromatase inhibitors. In March 2010, the Journal of Clinical Oncology published results from a European study using its test to analyze tumor samples from over 1,200 patients in the ATAC (Arimedix, Tamoxifen, Alone or in Combination) trial, which established the use of aromatase inhibitors for adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. The study demonstrated that, along with other standard measures, such as tumor size, its Oncotype DX breast cancer test contributes independently to provide a more complete picture of prognosis for N- and N+ patients treated with aromatase inhibitors.
In December 2011, the Company presented positive results from the ECOG E5194 DCIS clinical validation study at SABCS. The study met its primary endpoint by demonstrating that a pre-specified Oncotype DX DCIS Score can predict the risk of local recurrence, defined as either the development of a new invasive breast cancer or the recurrence of DCIS in the same breast. In December 2011, the Company made Oncotype DX available for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), of the breast, a pre-invasive form of breast cancer. The launch of Oncotype DX for DCIS patients was based on positive results presented from a clinical validation study of Oncotype DX breast cancer test in patients with DCIS, conducted by the Eastern Coop erative Oncology Group (ECOG), a clinical trials cooperative! group su! pported by the National Cancer Institute.
Oncotype DX Colon Cancer Test
The Company developed its gene panel by identifying 761 cancer-related genes through review of existing research literature and computer analysis of genomic databases. The 761 candidate genes were also examined to determine whether they would be useful beyond other key variables including tumor stage, tumor grade, lymph nodes examined and MMR/MSI. It selected a final set of 12 genes, which were then independently evaluated in a validation study of over 1,400 stage II colon cancer patients from the Quick and Simple and Reliable (QUASAR), randomized study of adjuvant chemotherapy in the United Kingdom. This international, multi-center randomized trial examined the recurrence risk and the benefit associated with 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, or 5FU/LV, adjuvant chemotherapy. Gene expression was quantified by RT-PCR from manually microdissected FPE primary colon cancer tissue, and rec urrence-free interval, disease-free survival and overall survival were analyzed. In January 2012, the Company presented positive results of the first clinical decision making study of the Oncotype DX colon cancer test that shows that Recurrence Score result has a significant impact on treatment recommendations for stage II colon cancer patients.
The Company competes with General Electric Company, Hologic, Inc., Novartis AG, Myriad Genetics, Inc., Qiagen N.V., Response Genetics, Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Roche Holding, Ltd, Siemens AG and Johnson & Johnson.
- [By John Udovich]
Small cap cancer diagnostic stock Myriad Genetics, Inc (NASDAQ: MYGN) jumped to a five year high on Wednesday thanks to good news that the government will be paying a heftier reimbursement for its main test than previously feared, meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with small cap cancer diagnostic stocks like Rosetta Genomics Ltd (NASDAQ: ROSG) and Genomic Health, Inc (NASDAQ: GHDX) plus mid cap diagnostic stock Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE: DGX). I should also mention that Myriad Genetics has been in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio since early February and we are now up some 32.5% since then – thanks in part to the shorts being put in a short squeeze.
- [By John Udovich]
On Tuesday, small cap cancer diagnostic stock Myriad Genetics, Inc (NASDAQ: MYGN) jumped 11.42% in one day, meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of small cap cancer diagnostic stocks like Rosetta Genomics Ltd (NASDAQ: ROSG) and Genomic Health, Inc (NASDAQ: GHDX) plus mid cap diagnostic stock Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE: DGX). I should mention that we have had Myriad Genetics in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio since February 5th and we are already up 18.50% – a nice return in just two weeks time.
Hot Medical Companies To Own In Right Now: ANI Pharmaceuticals Inc (ANIP)
ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., incorporated on April 11, 2001, is an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company developing, manufacturing, and marketing branded and generic prescription pharmaceuticals. In two facilities with combined manufacturing, packaging and laboratory capacity totaling 173, 00 square feet, the Company manufactures oral solid dose products, as well as liquids and topicals, including narcotics. Its other products include The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved testosterone gel, which is licensed to Teva Pharmaceuticals USA. In December 2013, the Company acquired 31 generic drug products from Teva Pharmaceuticals, which includes 20 solid-oral immediate release products, four extended release products and seven liquid products.
The Company performs contract manufacturing for other pharmaceutical companies. It has launched three products and has 11 products in development. The Company’s targeted areas of product development include nar cotics, anti-cancers and hormones (potent compounds), and extended release niche generic product opportunities.
- [By Lisa Levin]
ANI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ANIP) shares climbed 9.42% to $20.79. The volume of ANI Pharmaceuticals shares traded was 651% higher than normal. ANI Pharmaceuticals shares have jumped 121.45% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has surged 25.37% in the same period.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) has climbed 8.9% to $18.80 after it said it would buy 31 generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA). Teva’s shares are little changed in pre-open trading.
- [By Monica Gerson]
ANI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ANIP) reported that it has bought 31 generic drug products from Teva Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: TEVA) for $12.5 million in cash and a percentage of future gross profits. ANI Pharmaceuticals shares surged 5.14% to $18.00 in the after-hours trading session.