Benzinga  Sep 27  Comment 
NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ: NLNK) announced promising early-stage clinical data from a phase 1a study of GDC-0919, an IDO checkpoint inhibitor being developed in collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (OTC: RHHBY),...
Benzinga  Sep 26  Comment 
NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ: NLNK) today presented promising early-stage clinical data from a Phase 1b study of indoximod, its wholly owned indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase (IDO) pathway inhibitor, in combination with ipilimumab for the...
Motley Fool  Aug 16  Comment 
Cheer for a potential cure and not for the ensuing profits (or lack thereof).
FierceBiotech  Jul 31  Comment 
Merck's Ebola vaccine, in development alongside NewLink Genetics, protected 100% of patients from contracting the virus in interim results from an ongoing study, giving rise to hopes it can help prevent future outbreaks.
Benzinga  May 12  Comment 
Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE: NOR) fell 24 percent to $2.28 in pre-market trading after the company announced a secondary offering of 22.8 million shares by Apollo Global Management, which will sell its entire 33 percent stake. ...
FierceBiotech  May 12  Comment 
NewLink Genetics rattled investors after the markets closed on Monday, saying it will need to cruise past its second planned interim analysis for a late-stage cancer vaccine without any change to the trial. No news is bad news as far as the market...
TheStreet.com  May 12  Comment 
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- More than three-quarters of the pancreatic-cancer patients enrolled in NewLink Genetics phase III study have died, but the company's experimental therapeutic vaccine is still unable to demonstrate a survival benefit...


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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