NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 12, 2014) - LifeSci Advisors, LLC, a leading provider of investment research and investor relations services in the life sciences sector, today announced that it has initiated coverage of Kindred Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on quickly and efficiently developing animal medicines for the growing pet therapeutics market. The Company identifies approved and validated human medications that can be repurposed to improve the lives and health of companion animals. The cost and time requirements necessary to bring animal drugs to market are substantially lower than for human medicines, allowing Kindred Bio to develop three lead drug candidates simultaneously. Pivotal data are expected for these programs in 2014 and potential New Animal Drug Applications (NADA) are also expected in 2014.
"Kindred Bio leverages existing human medicine data to develop animal treatments at a pace and cost that is unmatched in the biotechnology industry," said Andrew I. McDonald, Ph.D., Founding Partner at LifeSci Advisors. "The rapid pace of development has allowed Kindred Bio to bring three lead candidates to the point of potential regulatory filings in 2014, and positions the Company at the forefront of the emerging pet therapeutics market."
Kindred Bio's most advanced candidate, CereKin®, is being tested in a pivotal trial to establish safety and efficacy in dogs. CereKin (diacerein) is an IL-1β inhibitor for the treatment of osteoarthritis which, like AtoKin®, is formulated as an oral, flavored, chewable pill. AtoKin® (fexofenadine) is a reformulated, high-dose version of fexofenadine for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, and a pivotal trial is expected to launch in 2014. SentiKin® is a non-opioid, non-NSAID, non-steroid for the treatment of postoperative pain in dogs, and is also expected to enter a pivotal trial in 2014. Kindred Bio has a portfolio of multiple additional product candidates in development, including biologics such as a canine version of Enbrel®.
In a 53 page Initiation Report by LifeSci Advisors, we explain the data supporting each drug candidate both in humans and animals. The report discusses the target indications for the lead programs in detail and the potential competitive advantages for Kindred Bio's candidates. We also explore the landscape and growth potential of the pet therapeutics and animal health space.
Dr. McDonald's full Initiation Report is available to download at no cost at the LifeSci Advisors website, www.lifesciadvisors.com. In addition to this Initiation Report, LifeSci Advisors will also provide ongoing coverage and event-based research updates on the Company as developments occur.
The LifeSci Advisors research team is led by Dr. Andrew I. McDonald, an industry veteran with more than 15 years of healthcare industry experience. Prior to co-founding LSA, Dr. McDonald was the Senior Biotechnology Analyst at Great Point Partners, a leading health care investment firm with over $500 million under management. Before Great Point, he was Co-Head of Healthcare Research and Lead Biotechnology Analyst at ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique investment banking firm focused on growth companies. Dr. McDonald holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and, earlier in his career, worked as a medicinal chemist at both Pfizer and Cytokinetics.
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