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Fly News Breaks for March 20, 2017
Mar 20, 2017 | 09:55 EDT
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said he thought prospects of success for NKTR-181 were very low after a failed Phase 2 study but he was "happy to be proven wrong" after the SUMMIT trial succeeded. A human abuse liability study will read-out around mid-2017, after which the company will meet with the FDA to discuss whether the package for NKTR-181 is adequate for filing, Schimmer noted. He raised his price target on Nektar shares to $29 from $25 and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock, which he calls his "top mid-cap biotech stocks for other reasons," such as its multiple royalty streams from partnered products and its emerging immuno-oncology platform.
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