IMNR – The Immune Response Corporation should experience a relief of recent valuation depression this week.
The overhang of 600MM warrants @ $0.02 per share is virtually gone. The warrants expire on 8/7/06, and with 3-day settlement warrant-holders are no longer able to sell and exercise their warrants. This should relieve enormous pressure from the stock. The financing has been absorbed. The next set of warrants do not become exercisable until October 16 through November 30.
IMNR stock closed at $0.24 per share, ten times where it is currently trading, on March 7, 2006, the day the financing was announced. Given the market cap, the currently depressed valuation could be largely attributed to the pressure from the financing. It is anticipated that the warrant expiration should relieve a great deal of the valuation pressure, potentially creating a very strong point of entry for investors today, at current levels.
ABOUT THE IMMUNE RESPONSE CORPORATION The Immune Response Corporation (OTCBB: IMNR) is an immuno-pharmaceutical company focused on developing products to treat autoimmune and infectious diseases. Their lead immune-based therapeutic product candidates are NeuroVax™ for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and IR103 for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Both of these therapies are in Phase II clinical development and are designed to stimulate pathogen-specific immune responses aimed at slowing or halting the rate of disease progression. NeuroVax™, which is based IMNR’s patented T-cell receptor (TCR) peptide technology, has shown potential clinical value in the treatment of relapsing forms of MS. NeuroVax™ has been shown to stimulate strong disease specific cell mediated immunity in nearly all patients treated by enhancing levels of FOXP3+ T Regulatory (Treg) cells that are able to down regulate the activity of pathogenic T-cells that cause MS. Increasing scientific findings have associated diminished levels of FOXP3+ Treg cell responses with the pathogenesis and progression of MS and other autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriasis and Crohn’s disease.
In addition to MS, IMNR has opened Investigational New Drug Applications (IND) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical evaluation of TCR peptide-based immune-based therapies for RA and psoriasis. IR103 is based on their patented whole-inactivated virus technology, co-invented by Dr. Jonas Salk and indicated to be safe and immunogenic in extensive clinical studies of REMUNE® , our first-generation HIV product candidate. IR103 is a more potent formulation that combines its whole-inactivated antigen with a synthetic Toll-like receptor (TLR-9) agonist to create enhanced HIV-specific immune responses. IMNR is currently testing IR103 in two Phase II clinical studies as a first-line treatment for drug-naïve HIV-infected individuals not yet eligible for antiretroviral therapy according to current medical guidelines. In early 2006 IMNR made a strategic decision to accelerate the development of IR103, rather than pursue a Phase III trial with REMUNE® . All of IMNR products are still in the development stage. IMNR has never had revenues from the sale of products. IMNR was founded in 1986.
Forward Looking Statement: This news release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these statements are meant to convey to the public the company’s progress, business opportunities and growth prospects, readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements represent management’s opinion. While management believes such representation to be true and accurate based on the information available to the company, actual results may differ materially from those described. The company’s operations and business prospects are always subject to risks and uncertainties. Important facts that may cause actual results to differ are set forth in IMNR’s periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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