Here’s How Provention’s Treatment Works.
Interview With an Actual Provention Bio (PRVB) Clinical Trial Participant.
Conversation Between a Mikayla a Teenager who was at Risk of Developing Type I Diabetes and Jill Rotella from the Nebraska Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.
Jill is a Mother whose 8 year old son developed Type I when he was just 8 years old. So unlike those of us who are primarily interested in Provention succeeding, so we can turn a small pile of dollars into a bigger pile of dollars, her interest is in improving the lives of young children.
This is the way the process works: If a patient tests positive for certain autoantibodies (from a $55 test kit*) that can be detected in a blood sample – odds are they will develop Type I diabetes.
This will eventually lead to a life of daily insulin injections. This daily care, a 24/7 job is difficult for anyone, but particularly hard on teens and/or pre-teens. In her clinical trial, Mikayla underwent a two week Provention treatment process – with the goal of delaying this life of injections, for up to three years. And possibly more.
Mikayla is on year five.
A Conversation with a JDRF Teplizumab Clinical Trial Participant.
Still Formulating an Investment Strategy.
Watching that video makes the chart below even that more disappointing. Our early entry bargain hunting at $13.25 – made us feel smarter than the very smart investors at SVB Leerink and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. who wrote Provention a check for $100 million at $16 – was, well, too early. Forget that we paid less than them or that is was significantly off its high of $20 in January.
At $6.00 – it doesn’t matter much knowing we had smart money fellow shareholders; Peter Appel with 2.2 million shares, Perceptive Advisors 3.3 million shares, Venrock 3.8 million shares, Blackrock 3.8 million shares and Amgen with 2.5 million shares from their Celiac deal.
Not being among the cadre of today’s traders, and even with our target looking out a year, we would nonetheless like to enter at the best possible near-term price and at the best possible time. In our opinion the question isn’t whether we should own more Provention – but rather when?
Of course investing in something solely because you wish an unproven treatment will improve lives when approved – while noble – (vs investing in an e-cig company like JUUL) isn’t the smartest thing to do. But when an unproven treatment does get approval and the stock zooms upward, it’s truly a joyous and momentous event. A double barreled win. Which is why we have both fingers crossed and we wait patiently (currently) for an eventual approval.
So we are still strategizing our best wait and see approach. The teplizumab clinical development program has been ongoing over 2 decades, so in a more positive light, the majority of the wait is over. What’s another year, right?
* Upwards of 85% of people with T1D have no family history of the disease. That’s why this test is available for everyone. T1Detect
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