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Omega rises as H.C. Wainwright initiates with Buy citing potential in epigenetics

  • Omega Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OMGA) recovered from four days of consecutive declines on Thursday after H.C. Wainwright launched its coverage with a Buy recommendation noting that the clinical-stage biotech is a pioneer in epigenetic medicines.
  • Omega's (OMGA) epigenomic programming platform leverages epigenetics, which controls gene expression and regulates an organism's life from cell genesis, growth, and differentiation to cell death.
  • While classified as mRNA molecules, the company's therapeutic candidates are "modularly designed to regulate gene expression to address hitherto undruggable targets," the analyst Robert Burns wrote, with a 12-month target of $11 on the stock.
  • Additionally, the analyst notes that the company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to speed up drug development, with its lead candidate OTX-2002 reaching the clinical from the initial validation in 27 months compared to the typical 3–4-year timeline.
  • In November, Omega (OMGA) announced that the FDA issued its orphan drug designation for OTX-2002 to treat liver cancer hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).