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Here's Why OncoMed Pharmaceuticals (OMED) Stock Fell Today

Joseph Lu

Shares of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. OMED closed the day down 3.74% to $3.86 per share. The plunge came after both JMP JMP and Piper Jaffray PJC downgraded the company’s rating.

Both firms gave the same reason for the cut: OncoMed announced that their lung cancer drug, Tarextumab, didn’t meet endpoints in Phase 2 of its clinical trial. 

The results of the clinical trial of the cancer drug with chemotherapy showed little difference from the combination of chemotherapy and placebo.

"Small cell lung cancer is a very difficult-to-treat disease and unfortunately, tarextumab did not show benefit over placebo in this Phase 2 trial," said Paul J. Hastings, OncoMed's Chairman, and CEO.

Furthermore, OMED gave another factor for the rating cut. The pharmaceuticals company also announced that the enrollment of brontictuzumab to Phase 1, a drug for colorectal cancer, has been discontinued.

The company said that it is going to “undertake a comprehensive portfolio prioritization review immediately.”

Things will not look too good for the drug developer, if they don’t put their “focus on rebuilding the research and development pipeline in a capital-efficient manner,” Leerink Partners analysts Michael Schmidt wrote in a note.

Currently, OncoMed has six drug candidates being evaluated in ten clinical studies. All of them are either in progress or have begun enrolling patients. 2017 will not be a good year for the company if a few more its drugs follow the trend of its predecessors.

OncoMed’s stock has lost 50% of its value since the beginning of 2017.

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