Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights Emergent BioSolutions, Chimerix and SIGA Technologies


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Chicago, IL – May 23, 2022 – announces the list of stocks featured in the analyst blog. Every day, Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Emergent BioSolutions EBS, Chimerix CMRX and SIGA Technologies SIGA.

Here are highlights from Friday’s analyst blog:

Monkeypox fears driving makers of smallpox antivirals

Shares of companies like Emerging BioSolutions and SIGA Technologies, which caters to the biodefense market and manufactures drugs/vaccines to treat smallpox, rose on Thursday as fears of a monkeypox outbreak in Europe grew and a case was reported in the United States . Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness with fever-like symptoms and rashes on the face and body.

Emergent BioSolutions stock rose nearly 12% while SIGA Technologies rose 17.1% on Thursday.

The monkeypox virus belongs to the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. Symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of smallpox although less severe. In the United States, the case of monkeypox was confirmed in a man who had recently traveled to Canada. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current case of monkeypox does not pose a public health risk. Small outbreaks of monkeypox have been reported in some European countries like UK, Spain, Portugal, although this disease hardly appears in countries outside of Africa.

Emergent makes ACAM2000, a smallpox vaccine that could be used to treat monkeypox. Additionally, last week, Emergent announced an agreement with Chimerix to acquire exclusive worldwide rights to CMRX’s oral smallpox antiviral product, Tembexa. The FDA approved Chimerix’s Tembexa in June 2021. The transaction is expected to close as early as Q2 2022.

Increasing demand for the ACAM2000 vaccine and potentially Tembexa could help Emergent realize profits if the monkeypox infection spreads further.

SIGA Technologies manufactures an oral antiviral drug called Tpoxx ((tecovirimat), which is approved in the United States, Canada and Europe for the treatment of smallpox. Oral Tpoxx is also approved in Europe for the treatment of monkeypox. On Thursday, the FDA has approved an intravenous (IV) drug formulation of Tpoxx that will help SIGA Technologies meet the needs of a broader patient population.

Shares of Emergent BioSolutions are down 27.1% in the year to date, while shares of Siga Technologies are up 15%. the industry experienced a decrease of 24.9% during the said period, as shown in the table below.

Zacks Rank

Currently, Emergent BioSolutions has a Zacks rank of #5 (strong sell) while SIGA Technologies has a Zacks rank of 4 (sell).

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