Benzinga  Dec 11  Comment 
NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) shares fell sharply after a trial of its Ebola vaccine was temporarily halted over safety concerns at a Swiss hospital University of Geneva Hospital halted the Phase I trial "as a precautionary measure"...
Wall Street Journal  Nov 24  Comment 
Merck & Co. has obtained the rights to an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by NewLink Genetics, another sign of the scramble by pharmaceutical companies and other groups to find new ways to combat the deadly viral outbreak centered in West...
Benzinga  Nov 7  Comment 
In a report published Friday, Stifel analyst Stephen Willey reiterated a Buy rating on NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK), and raised the price target from $51.00 to $55.00. In the report, Stifel noted, “After recently-signing one of the...
Motley Fool  Oct 27  Comment 
The share prices of companies leading the fight against Ebola have been soaring lately. Is this investor enthusiasm justified?
StreetInsider.com  Oct 21  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/WHO+Says++NewLink%27s+%28NLNK%29+Experimental+Ebola+Vaccine+Will+Arrive+in+Geneva+Today/9925756.html for the full story.
Benzinga  Oct 21  Comment 
Guy Adami spoke on CNBC's Stock Pops & Drops about a 7.12 percent increase in price in NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK). He explained that the stock traded higher on the news of the signing of a deal with Genentech and he speculated that a...
TheStreet.com  Oct 20  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp. are up 19.93% to $35.20 after the companyasaid it entered into an agreement with Roche Holding ato develop NewLink's cancer immunotherapy, making the Ebola vaccine developer eligible to...
Benzinga  Oct 20  Comment 
NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ: NLNK) shares moved up 19.69% to $35.13. The volume of NewLink Genetics shares traded was 629% higher than normal. NewLink Genetics announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for development of NLG919 and...


NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) is a biopharmaceutical which develops drugs to help treat cancer patients.[1] The company focuses on immunotherapy - or treatment by causing the immune system to either act or cease to act. In other words, NewLink Genetics attempts to encourage the patients immune system to combat the cancerous cells rather than attempting to kill the cells directly.[2] NewLink Genetics revenues are dependent on the discovery and FDA approval of its therapies.

Business Overview

For the full year 2010, NewLink generated $2.1M in grant revenue. This was an over 100% increase from the $.9M in 2009. Since the company spends heavily on research and development, it still reported a net loss for 2010 of $16.6M. This compares to a net loss of $10.2M in 2009. [3]

New Updates

The company's initial public offering of stock on the NASDAQ occurred on November 10, 2011. The company offered 6.2M shares each for $7. The company had already planned to sell 5.5M shares. However, since they priced below the $10-$12 range, they increased shares. The deal raised a total of $43M. The lead mangers of the deal were Stifel Financial (SF) and Canaccord Genuity.[4]

Trends & Forces

Dependence on FDA approval

As of its IPO, NewLink did not have any FDA approved drugs. It's quite clear that without a completed drug, the company will be unable to produce substantial operating revenue. As a result, the company's performance is limited to actions from the FDA. Furthermore, since NewLink is in the process of developing new, untested treatments, there is no clear guidance for the likelihood of approval or the likelihood that physicians will adopt new treatments.[5]

  1. NLNK S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Overview p. 1
  2. American Cancer Society - Find Support and Treatment "Immunotherapy"
  3. NLNK S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Selected Financial Data p. 51
  4. Renaissance Capital - IPO Home "NewLink Genetics prices IPO at $7, below the range" 11 Nov 2011
  5. NLNK S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Risk Factors" pp. 11-15
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