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Verona Pharma

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Verona Pharma price target raised to $60 after Phase 2b COPD study hits

Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos raised her price target on Verona Pharma shares to $60 from $58 after the company's Phase 2b dose-ranging study evaluating nebulized ensifentrine in patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease met its primary endpoint of improved lung function. Moussatos keeps an Outperform rating on Verona shares.

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VRNA Verona Pharma
$7.02

1.04 (17.39%)

01/14/19
WEDB
01/14/19
NO CHANGE
Target $56
WEDB
Outperform
Wedbush says time to buy Verona Pharma, reaction to 3 day combo Phase 2 overdone
Wedbush analyst analyst is Liana Mousssatos notes that Verona Pharma is developing Ensifentrine as a treatment candidate for respiratory diseases such as COPD, CF and potentially asthma, and multiple exploratory Phase 2 trials for COPD have been conducted with the latest testing this new mechanism on top of dual LAMA/LABA and triple background therapy. The analyst adds that topline results were reported and speculates the negative overreaction in stock value is due to the lack of statistical significance for the primary endpoint. While Moussatos acknowledges that lack of statistical significance is "annoying," she believes it is not a deal-breaker for approval. The analyst sees that while the high dose contributed to the lack of statistical significance for the primary endpoint, the low dose has a consistently positive effect in the various analyses and may be a dose used in a future Phase 3 trial. Moussatos considers the weakness to be a buying opportunity, and reiterates an Outperform rating and $56 price target on the shares.
04/17/19
BTIG
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INITIATION
BTIG
Buy
Verona Pharma initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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BTIG
04/17/19
INITIATION
Target $17
BTIG
Buy
Verona Pharma initiated with a Buy at BTIG
BTIG analyst Thomas Shrader initiated Verona Pharma with a Buy rating and a price target of $17, citing the company's development of RPL554 for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which he sees as an "enormous and underserved market of about 16M patients in the U.S." The analyst states that while the market for COPD treatment is "crowded with bronchodilators", he sees Verona Phama's "highly active and patient-friendly anti-inflammatory drug like RPL554" as an important advance and looks ahead to its pivotal trial study that may begin later this year.

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