SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2014) - Vista Partners announced today that it has initiated coverage on Soligenix, Inc. ( OTCBB : SNGX ) with a twelve-month price target of $5.50. Soligenix, Inc. is a New Jersey based clinical stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing products to treat life-threatening side effects of cancer treatments and serious gastrointestinal diseases. Ross Silver, Principal Analyst at Vista Partners, stated, "Soligenix has signed an exclusive worldwide collaboration deal with Intrexon Corporation ($2.9B mkt cap) ( NYSE : XON ) to develop a novel passive immunotherapy for Melioidosis. Melioidosis, also known as Bp, is an often deadly infectious disease caused by the bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei, with some symptoms similar to those of the flu and pneumonia. Melioidosis occurs in many different places around the globe, currently however it is of greatest concern in southeast-Asia and northern Australia, where public officials see it as a major threat to the health of the population." Mr. Silver continues, "The Company also has an exclusive commercial collaboration with SciClone Pharmaceuticals ($250M mkt cap) ( NASDAQ : SCLN ) in China for SGX942 in the treatment of oral mucositis." Mr. Silver concludes, "The Company boasts a diverse pipeline with nine prospective drug candidates. The science behind the Company's prospective therapies has been and continues to be validated by a number of significant, important and influential entities such as government organizations and major pharmaceutical companies. To date the Company has been awarded approximately $40M mainly through BARDA, NIH and FDA grants/contracts. The Company has up to approximately $34 million in active government contract and grant funding still available to support its associated research programs through 2018."
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