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Trending Penny Stocks to Watch After Holiday Season

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3 Trending Penny Stocks to Add to Your 2022 Watchlist 

With 2022 here and in full effect, investors continue to search for the best penny stocks to buy. Now, 2021 was a difficult year for trading both penny stocks and blue chips. With the pandemic, massive inflation, and a series of large unknowns, stability has been at a major low. But now, as we move closer toward the hopeful end of the pandemic, many investors are excited about what the future could hold. 

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Throughout the past year or two, we’ve seen the idea of trending penny stocks become a major contributor to market movement. If you’re not familiar, these are stocks that become popular on social media. As a result, they tend to climb substantially (and fall) due to major speculation. With trending penny stocks, it’s important to understand what the company does and how to take advantage. Of course, this is much easier said than done. 

But, one of the best ways to stay ahead is by following and understanding what trends are at play. For now, it doesn’t look like Covid is going anywhere anytime soon. Because of this, many investors expect volatility to continue into the near future. So, with all of that in mind, let’s take a look at three trending penny stocks to watch after the holiday season. 

3 Trending Penny Stocks to Watch Right Now 

  1. Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM)
  2. Biolase Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL
  3. Aikido Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: AIKI

Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) 

In the past YTD period, shares of CIDM stock have jumped by over 73%. This is quite substantial and reflects the company’s commitment to growth and the entertainment industry during that time. If you’re not familiar, Cinedigm provides entertainment to millions of consumers around the world. This includes providing premium content, channels, tech, and more. The most recent announcement from CIDM came on December 22nd when it announced that nine of its free-ad supported channels will be available on LG smart TVs.

“Smart TVs have transformed the way viewers consume content with connected TVs becoming the dominant viewing medium for hundreds of millions of viewers. Introducing these 9 streaming channels to fans and genre enthusiasts on LG Smart TVs now expands Cinedigm’s presence across virtually all major television manufacturers in the world.”

The VP of Business Development & Strategy at Cinedigm, Jennifer Soltesz

In the past year or so, the need for digital entertainment has increased substantially. And because of this, shares of CIDM have been on the rise. While it is difficult to say what the timeline will look like for growth moving forward, it’s clear that CIDM could be worth watching. With that in mind, will CIDM stock be on your penny stocks watchlist?

Biolase Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL) 

Another penny stock that has been in focus over the past year or so is BIOL stock. Biolase Inc. If you’re not familiar with Biolase, it is a biotech penny stock working in the field of precision dentistry. This includes the production of products aimed at dentistry and medicine such as its over 300 patented and 35 patented technologies.

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To date, the company has sold over 41,200 laser systems, which is no small feat. These products have also been sold in over 80 countries around the world. The most recent news from Biolase came a few weeks ago, when it announced that the NASDAQ granted it a 180-day extension to meet the minimum bid price requirement. In addition, the company entered into a favorable credit agreement.

“The 180-day extension from NASDAQ gives us more time to demonstrate the success of our growth strategy, which has delivered stellar results over the past three quarters, and for the financial community to acknowledge and value the opportunity we have ahead. Additionally, the amendment to our loan with SWK demonstrates its belief in our ability to deliver continued strong growth as new customers adopt our market-leading dental lasers.”

John Beaver, the President and CEO of Biolase

Considering this, does BIOL deserve a spot on your list of penny stocks to watch?


Aikido Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: AIKI)

Aikido Pharma is a biotech company working on anticancer and antiviral therapeutics. The company produces a large range of patented technology for use in these needs. The most notable product from Aikido right now is the development of its antiviral platform that could potentially inhibit the growth of certain viruses. This includes influenza, SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV, Ebolavirus and more.

Right now, any company involved in the research or development of a Covid vaccine or treatment, is seeing understandably increased attention. And, this seems to be the case with Aikido. A few weeks ago, the company announced the filing of an expanded worldwide patent coverage for several key patent applications.

“Acquiring solid patent protection is the bedrock of drug asset ownership and essential to acquiring potential future market share in key countries around the world. At the appropriate times and when it makes economic sense, we will continue seeking to expand the territorial patent coverage on our licensed assets.”

The CEO of Aikido, Anthony Hayes

With all of this in mind, do you think Aikido is worth adding to your list of penny stocks to watch.


Which Trending Penny Stocks Are You Watching Right Now?

If you’re looking for the best trending penny stocks to buy, there are hundreds of options to choose from. But, because of the sheer number of penny stocks out there, it can be difficult to pick just a handful for your watchlist. As always, the best course of action is to have a full understanding of how penny stocks are trading and why certain industries are moving. 

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In addition, it’s crucial to have a thorough and well-thought-out trading strategy that can adapt to current market conditions. While many investors believe that 2022 could be less volatile than 2021, it is hard to say with certainty. So, with all of this in mind, which trending penny stocks are you watching right now?

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Diamond Prices Are Crashing, Forcing Russian Mining Giant To Halt Sales

Diamond Prices Are Crashing, Forcing Russian Mining Giant To Halt Sales

A surge in lab-grown diamonds flooding the market, coupled with a…



Diamond Prices Are Crashing, Forcing Russian Mining Giant To Halt Sales

A surge in lab-grown diamonds flooding the market, coupled with a decline in luxury spending, has forced Russian mining giant Alrosa PJSC to temporarily suspend rough diamond sales to prevent prices from crashing further. 

Bloomberg obtained a memo from Alrosa addressed to its customers, explaining rough diamond sales for September and October have been suspended as the company "strives to reverse the existing trend of diminishing demand." 

Diamonds, watches, and other jewelry soared during the pandemic and peaked in the first half of 2022. We have covered the Rolex boom and bust extensively and have turned our attention to crashing diamond prices in 2023:

Besides the luxury spending slowdown due to tapped-out consumers, man-made diamonds have been all the rage because these gems are only a fraction of the cost. The big fear of the natural diamond industry is starting to be realized as consumers accept lab-grown diamonds in rings. 

Edahn Golan, an independent diamond industry analyst, told CNN Business consumers are flocking to man-made diamonds because the most popular one-carat round man-made diamond for an engagement ring in March was $2,318. He said that's 73% cheaper than a natural diamond of the same size, cut, and clarity. 

The latest data from the Diamond Index via the International Diamond Exchange shows prices have crashed well below pre-Covid levels. 

Alrosa competes with De Beers, the biggest producer of diamonds, both of which have been rocked by a rough diamond sales slowdown this year after a massive boom during the pandemic. 

Last week, Reuters reported the Group of Seven (G7) nations might be preparing to reshape the global diamond supply chain by placing restrictions on Alrosa. 







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Mark Velleca takes over at Black Diamond; Verve Therapeutics separates CMO, CSO posts

Mark Velleca
→ David M. Epstein is out as CEO of cancer player Black Diamond Therapeutics, which is putting chairman Mark Velleca in charge. This is…



Mark Velleca

David M. Epstein is out as CEO of cancer player Black Diamond Therapeutics, which is putting chairman Mark Velleca in charge. This is Velleca’s third CEO post in less than a decade after running G1 Therapeutics (2014-20) and StrideBio (2021-23). Epstein will still be on the board at Black Diamond, a company that hit the scene in 2018 with $20 million from Versant and quickly followed that up with an $85 million Series B in January 2019. Co-founded by Epstein (not to be confused with Seagen’s David R. Epstein) and Elizabeth Buck, Black Diamond made an impressive Nasdaq debut with an IPO that exceeded $200 million in 2020, but layoffs affected 30% of the staff two years later.

Andrew Bellinger

Verve Therapeutics has made an adjustment to the team as Andrew Bellinger concentrates on his CSO duties and Fred Fiedorek steps in as CMO. “Now is the right time to split the CMO and CSO roles with two, complementary industry leaders,” Verve CEO Sek Kathiresan said in a statement. “Verve’s tremendous progress over the last five years has been made possible by Andrew’s significant contributions in his joint role.”

Fiedorek held a series of executive positions in a 13-year span at Bristol Myers Squibb, culminating in his promotion to SVP and head of cardiovascular and metabolic development. He has previous CMO credits at Intarcia — where he also led global regulatory affairs — and Rhythm Pharmaceuticals. While Verve’s base editor VERVE-101 for heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is stuck in neutral with a clinical hold in the US, Kathiresan’s crew inked a gene editing deal with Eli Lilly in June. Bellinger had been effectively juggling the CSO and CMO roles since “they started planning their Phase I studies,” a spokesperson tells Peer Review.

Nadir Mahmood

Rezo Therapeutics, a UCSF spinout chaired by ex-Biogen and Vir Biotechnology CEO George Scangos, has tapped Nadir Mahmood as CEO. Interim chief and co-founder Nevan Krogan, the director of UCSF’s Quantitative Biosciences Institute, will shift to the role of president. Mahmood became SVP, corporate development at Nkarta in 2018 and would later be promoted to chief financial and business officer for Paul Hastings’ crew before his first CEO job at Rezo, which made its debut in November 2022. SR One, a16z Bio + Health and Norwest Venture Partners helped lead the $78 million Series A, and Rezo’s co-founders also include Kronos Bio chief Norbert Bischofberger and UCSF’s Kevan Shokat.

Johanna Friedl-Naderer

→ Vir Biotechnology COO Johanna Friedl-Naderer is stepping down on Sept. 29, and an SEC filing says that Vir won’t be looking for a replacement. Friedl-Naderer is a 21-year Biogen veteran who started out as Vir’s CBO, global in March 2022.

→ Shares of Bausch Health $BHC dropped by as much as 9.5% after the announcement that CFO Tom Vadaketh will resign on Oct. 13. In the event that Bausch Health comes up empty in its CFO search, controller and chief accounting officer John Barresi will take over as finance chief.

Lauren White

Elahere maker ImmunoGen has recruited Lauren White as CFO. Peer Review regulars will know that White recently left C4 Therapeutics and Kendra Adams took over as finance chief on Sept. 18. Before she took the C4 job, White had a 10-year career with Novartis and was VP & global head of financial planning and analysis with the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research from 2017-21. ImmunoGen is hoping its Phase III data for Elahere in the MIRASOL trial will be enough to cross the finish line in the European market.

Minnie Kuo

BeiGene isn’t the only one that’s reclaimed the rights to a drug involved in a partnership with Novartis. Pliant Therapeutics and the Swiss pharma giant had teamed up on the NASH asset PLN-1474, but Novartis signaled that it was moving away from the indication before it officially pulled the plug on the alliance in February. As Pliant moves forward with its lead program bexotegrast in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis, Minnie Kuo has joined the team as chief development officer. Kuo is a Nektar and Gilead clinical operations vet who spent the last six years at Vir; she was promoted to SVP of translational and clinical development operations in 2021.

Eric Schneider

Pablo Legorreta’s Royalty Pharma has tapped Eric Schneider as chief technology officer. The Moody’s and Barclays alum held several leadership positions in his 11 years at Verisk, where he was recently chief data officer and chief technology officer. Royalty took a dip in the gene therapy pool when it forked over $300 million upfront for a 5.1% royalty on net sales of Ferring’s bladder cancer med Adstiladrin. “We’ve always got questions of: ‘When are you going to ever make a gene therapy investment?’” Royalty CFO Terrance Coyne said at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference. “And what we said is: We’re going to be patient there. There’s a lot that we still need to understand. But this opportunity came along. The data is really remarkable.”

Lolita Petit

→ Paris-based gene therapy developer Coave Therapeutics has named J&J’s Lolita Petit as CSO. Petit just finished a two-year stint as director of gene therapy and delivery at Janssen and led the ocular platform team while she was with Spark from 2018-21. Coave is testing an AAV-based gene therapy for eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa with PDE6b mutations. Spark’s Luxturna, on the other hand, was approved for a rare retinal disease that goes after mutations in the RPE65 gene.

→ Sticking with the theme of gene therapies for eye diseases, Nanoscope Therapeutics has introduced Samuel Barone as CMO. Barone had the same gig at Gemini Therapeutics before it merged with Disc Medicine last summer, and he’s the ex-SVP, clinical development for Adverum Biotechnologies. In March, Nanoscope unveiled Phase II data for its retinitis pigmentosa gene therapy MCO-010 that didn’t reach statistical significance.

Pierre-Alain Ruffieux

→ In a double whammy, Lonza lost two execs this week. Amid a drop in sales growth, CEO Pierre-Alain Ruffieux said Monday that he is waving goodbye to the CDMO at the end of this month. Chairman Albert Baehny is taking over for Ruffieux in the interim. Ruffieux spent nearly three years with the company, having jumped aboard in November 2020 from Roche. Meanwhile, Catalent also swooped in and nabbed David McErlane as its new biologics lead. McErlane had served as Lonza’s SVP and business unit head for the company’s bioscience business.

Deborah Moorad

→ Little-known in vivo gene editing biotech CorriXR Therapeutics has appointed Deborah Moorad as CEO. The Dentsply Sirona alum has been a chief executive at Lincoln, NE-based Nature Technology Corp, which was purchased by Aldevron, which was then acquired by Danaher. Moorad’s predecessor, co-founder Eric Kmiec, slides into the role of CSO at the ChristianaCare spinout.

John Orwin

Atreca president and CEO John Orwin is replacing Frazier managing partner Jamie Topper as chairman of the board at San Diego-based AnaptysBio. Orwin, the new chairman of CARGO Therapeutics, will also be principal financial officer for Atreca after CFO Herb Cross headed for the exit. Topper is giving up his seat on the board after nearly 16 years, eight of those as chairman, and he’ll be an advisor until the first quarter of 2024.

Birge Berns

Marie-Louise Fjällskog is leaving her role as CMO of Faron Pharmaceuticals, but she will stay with the company as a board member. Longtime J&J vet Birge Berns is succeeding Fjällskog as interim medical chief and will work out of the UK for the Finnish cancer biotech. Fjällskog came to Faron from her CMO post at Sensei Biotherapeutics in January 2022.

Steven Mennen

Ipsen’s acute myeloid leukemia partner Accent Therapeutics is putting an emphasis on three new execs this week: Jason Sager (CMO) is the ex-medical chief at Ikena Oncology — back when it was known as Kyn Therapeutics — and has also worked for Genentech, Novartis and Sanofi; Steven Mennen (VP of preclinical development) is a 10-year Amgen vet who left Fulcrum Therapeutics in April after four years as head of CMC; and Bayer alum Stuart Ince (VP of program leadership) has served as VP of program management with Tango Therapeutics.

→ Chaired by Gossamer Bio CEO Faheem Hasnain, Ann Arbor, MI-based thyroid eye disease biotech Sling Therapeutics has selected Raymond Douglas as CSO. Douglas is familiar with the area from his eight years at the University of Michigan as an ophthalmology professor and director of the school’s thyroid eye center. He’s an oculoplastic surgeon who has a private practice in Beverly Hills and was in charge of the orbital and thyroid eye disease programs at Cedars-Sinai.

Gerhard Hagn

→ While we’re thinking of thyroid eye disease, Tourmaline Bio is testing its lead candidate TOUR006 in the same indication and has welcomed Gerhard Hagn as SVP, head of commercial and business development. Hagn had a scrollable list of positions in a 20-year period at Pfizer before he moved to Gilead in 2019 as VP, head of inflammation, global commercial strategy. Starting in 2021, he expanded his role by leading Gilead’s liver franchise as well.

Sam Whiting

Tempest Therapeutics CMO Sam Whiting has taken on the additional role of R&D chief. Peer Review informed you about Whiting’s original appointment back in the fall of 2020, when he succeeded Tom Dubensky as Tempest’s medical leader. The California biotech touted Phase Ib/II data in April that showed seven of 40 patients had a confirmed response to its liver cancer treatment TPST-1120 in a combo with Tecentriq and Avastin, while only three of 29 patients had a confirmed response to Tecentriq and Avastin alone.

Daybue maker Acadia Pharmaceuticals has picked up Albert Kildani as SVP, investor relations and corporate communications. At Halozyme, another San Diego biotech, Kildani was the investor relations and corporate communications leader for nearly four years. Daybue made history in March by becoming the first-ever drug to receive an FDA approval for Rett syndrome.

John Yee

John Yee has been named SVP, medical affairs at Apnimed, the sleep apnea biotech that rang in 2023 with a $79.7 million raise that was stapled on to the original $62.5 million Series C in May 2022. The AstraZeneca and Vertex medical affairs vet is coming off a six-month sabbatical after three years as CMO of Sobi North America.

Gwyn Bebb

→ The CRO Parexel has rolled out the welcome mat for Gwyn Bebb as SVP and global therapeutic area head, oncology. Bebb joins the Durham, NC-based team from Amgen, where he was clinical research medical director in early- and late-stage oncology drug development. Bebb’s résumé also sports a stint as a professor at the department of medicine at the University of Calgary.

Constanze Guenther

ImmunOs Therapeutics, an immuno-oncology player that bagged a $74 million Series B in June 2022, has enlisted Constanze Guenther as SVP, CMC and technical development. Guenther ends her 13-year run at Novartis, where she was global portfolio head, cell therapy and also oversaw the manufacturing of Kymriah in Europe.

→ Amgen sales vet Marc-Andre Goldschmidt has landed at Amsterdam-based Avanzanite Bioscience as country manager of Germany. Goldschmidt was elevated to national sales manager of neurology during his six years at Alexion.

Ian Smith

→ After disappointing data for its Dravet syndrome drug STK-001 caused its shares $STOK to sink in July, Stoke Therapeutics has added former Vertex CFO and COO Ian Smith to the board of directors. Smith chairs the board at Solid Bio and is a senior advisor for Bain Capital Life Sciences.

Daphne Karydas

Flare Therapeutics president and CFO Daphne Karydas has picked up a pair of board appointments at Mineralys Therapeutics and Compass Pathways. Glenn Sblendorio, the former CEO of Astellas sub Iveric Bio, will join Karydas on the board of directors at Mineralys, the hypertension biotech that made a February debut on the Nasdaq in a once-barren IPO environment. New listings are popping up as market conditions gradually improve, like the ones we’ve seen with Neumora, RayzeBio and others.

→ Ex-Kymab CEO Simon Sturge has clinched a spot on the board of directors at Galapagos that was vacated by Mary Kerr. Sturge chairs the board at MoonLake Immunotherapeutics, the maker of an IL-17 inhibitor for hidradenitis suppurativa that has shown some promise in Phase II.

→ J&J’s bispecific partner Xencor has elected Barbara Klencke to the board of directors. Klencke was the CMO and chief development officer for Sierra Oncology until it was purchased by GSK for $1.9 billion, a deal that’s bearing fruit with the approval of JAK inhibitor Ojjaara, formerly known as momelotinib.

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FTX opens lawsuit against former employees of Hong Kong affiliate

The bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has opened a lawsuit against former employees of a Hong Kong affiliate company Salameda to recover $157.3 million.



The bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has opened a lawsuit against former employees of a Hong Kong affiliate company Salameda to recover $157.3 million.

The defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX filed a lawsuit on Sept. 21 against former employees of Hong Kong-incorporated company Salamde affiliated with the FTX group, according to court documents

The court filing says FTX seeks to recover $157.3 million that it claims was fraudulently withdrawn in the timespan leading up to the exchange filing for bankruptcy.

According to the filing, Michael Burgess, Matthew Burgess, Lesley Burgess - the mother of Michael and Matthew, Kevin Nguyen and Darren Wong, along with two companies allegedly had ownership of companies with registered accounts and and FTX US and were able to withdraw funds in the “preference period” prior to the actual bankruptcy filing.

The court filing reads:

“Each of these transfers to Defendant Michael Burgess was made with the intent to hinder, delay or defraud FTX US’s present or future creditors.”

It continues to point out that these transfers were completed hours prior to FTX halting all non-fiat user withdrawals on Nov. 8, 2022.

The allegations include that Mathew Burgess pressured FTX employees to “push out” particular pending withdrawal requisitions “from one of Michael Burgess’s FTX US exchange accounts, while misrepresenting the account to be his own.” It cited messages on the Slack application.

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This development comes as Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former FTX CEO, sits in jail awaiting the first of his two-part trial, which is set to begin on Oct. 3, 2023. The second trail is anticipated for March 2024. 

On Sept. 21 judges decided against granting SBF early release from jail. He argued he couldn’t adequately prepare for trial from jail and said it violated his First Amendment Rights under the United States constitution.

However, on the same day, Judge Lewis Kaplan granted a motion proposed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that bars testimony of SBF’s key witnesses.

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