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Why Nano-Cap Xenetic Biosciences Is Skyrocketing

Why Nano-Cap Xenetic Biosciences Is Skyrocketing

Shares of Xenetic Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: XBIO), a drug delivery platform company, were ripping higher Wednesday on markedly above-average volume.

What Happened: The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said its partner and Russian biopharma PJSC Pharmsynthez reported positive data from a pivotal Phase 3 study of Epolong that used Xenetic's PolyXen to develop a treatment for anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.

PolyXen is Xenetic's patent-protected platform technology designed for prolonging a biologic drug's circulating half-life and potentially improving other pharmacological properties.

Pharmsynthez's late-stage study being conducted in Russia is evaluating the safety and tolerability of Epolong, a polysialylated form of recombinant human erythropoietin — a hormone produced by the kidneys to promote blood cell production — in comparison with Amgen, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMGN) Aranesp.

The results of the study indicated that Epolong was non-inferior to Aranesp with respect to primary and secondary endpoints, with the proportion of patients achieving target hemoglobin range being 74% in the Epolong group versus 52% in the Aranesp group.

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"The PolyXen platform continues to demonstrate broad utility and ability to modulate the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles of protein drugs," said Jeffery Eisenberg, CEO of Xenetic.

Why It's Important: Apart from Pharmsynthez, Xenetic has R&D as well as license and supply agreements with Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (NYSE: TAK), the Serum Institute of India and SynBio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pharmsynthez.

What's Next: Xenetic said it now looks forward to the outcome of Pharmsynthez's registration filing in Russia for Epolong, which is expected in 2021.

XBIO Price Action: Xenetic shares were soaring 212.96% to $3.38 ahead of the close Wednesday.

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