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Novan Announces Top-Line Data From Mid-Stage Molluscum Study

Novan, Inc. NOVN announced full top-line data from its phase II study evaluating its topical nitric oxide candidate, SB206, for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum, a skin infection causing lesions. Data included results from the fourth cohort of the study, evaluating SB206 12% once daily. Last month, Novan announced preliminary top-line data from three arms of the study evaluating twice daily dosages of SB206 4%, 8% and 12%.

Data from the study demonstrated that once daily treatment with SB206 12% achieved reductions in molluscum lesions of statistical significance as early as second week of treatment. It also showed that once daily SB206 12% arm achieved the highest rate of complete clearance in patients at week 12.

The phase II study evaluated SB206 in patients aged two years and older with 3 to 70 molluscum lesions. Data from the once daily SB206 12% arm showed that 38% of patients achieved complete clearance rates compared to 18% for the vehicle. Moreover, reduction in lesions from baseline were 29%, 37%, 56% and 55% at week 2, 4, 8 and 12, respectively.

The company is planning to request an end-of-Phase II meeting with the FDA by the end of this year on the back of availability of full data from the study. Novan plans to initiate a phase III study with once daily SB206 12% and will discuss the structure of the study in the meeting. The late-stage study is expected to be initiated in the first half of next year with top-line data anticipated by the end of 2019 or in early 2020.

Novan’s stock has declined 70.1% this year so far compared with a decrease of 11.3% recorded by the industry.

Per the press release, molluscum contagiosum is a contagious skin infection, which affects around 6 million patients in the United States, especially in pediatric patients. There is no FDA- approved treatment available for the disease so far. Meanwhile, over-the-counter products used for treating molluscum have average treatment duration of 13 months. Thus, successful development of SB206 will be a boost for the company as the candidate has better efficacy and a huge patient population.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Novan currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks from the same sector include BioSpecifics Technologies Corp BSTC, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. BLCM and Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. GLMD. While BioSpecifics Technologies sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Bellicum and Galmedcarry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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Bellicum’s loss estimates have narrowed from $2.37 to $2.30 for 2018 and from $2.22 to $2.01 for 2019 over the past 60 days. The company came up with a positive earnings surprise in three of the four trailing quarters with the average beat being 3.52%.

Galmed’s loss per share estimates have narrowed from 59 cents to 48 cents for 2018 and from $1.06 to $1.00 for 2019 over the past 60 days. The company delivered a positive surprise in two of the four trailing quarters with the average beat being 16.69%.

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