Leukemia, Lymphoma and Thyroid Cancers Will Steeply Rise in 2017 and Beyond

My Disclaimer: I wrote this article myself and am being paid by no one to do so.  I am long Sarepta (SRPT).


  • The end of the world likely won’t come in a merciful, pain-free moment but, rather, as a slow, grinding, disease plagued testament to the folly of human greed.
  • The ongoing disaster at Fukushima Daiichi is unprecedented and will result in many times more deaths than those experienced since the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986.
  • Consequently, the one subcategory within the healthcare sector that stands to gain the most, and lose the least, in the coming five years is developmental, blood-cancer oriented, biotechnology.
  • My thesis is predicated upon a rapid escalation of illnesses in the coming years due, in part, to the ongoing effects of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
  • While there are many possible investment choices at your fingertips, your focus is best narrowed to those companies which now possess or are developing leukemia or lymphoma assets.

Oh, mercy, mercy me.
Ah, things ain’t what they used to be, no, no, no.
Radiation underground and in the sky;
Animals and birds who live near by are dying.

Oh, mercy, mercy me.
Ah, things ain’t what they used to be.
What about this over crowded land?
How much more abuse from man can she stand?

Songwriters: Marvin Gaye, Marvin P. Gaye

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC 1971

A Message To My Followers

I have struggled mightily to convince myself to return to the Seeking Alpha platform.  2015 was a year of great success there with 3-digit gains in Amarin (AMRN) and Synergy (SGYP), as well as near doubles in Trevena (TRVN) and Ocata (OCAT) and 50% or more gains in Seattle Genetics (SGEN); Nektar (NKTR) and Celldex (CLDX).  I was most proud of dispelling the rumors that check point inhibitors such as  Nivolumab would displace Seattle Genetics’ Adcetris in therapeutic indications where CD-30 malignancies were present.  There were, of course, the disappointments in Zafgen (ZFGN) and NovaBay (NBY).  But even in those instances there were things I got right especially in my take on Avenova’s chances of commercial success while ignoring the outstanding warrant issues and my Thaumaturgical analysis of NovaBay in favor of the former CEO’s gobbledygook.

What I miss most, however, is the recognition that my work on TipRanks generated where I broke into the Top 100 analysts out of 9,000 or more, falling back of course, as I withdrew from the Seeking Alpha platform.  But even in 2016 I accurately predicted the approval of Sarepta’s (SRPT) eteplirsen; the equity price upon approval of $60; and that the FDA would comment on the process thereby sinking the equity in approval’s aftermath.  Regrettably, I will not return to ideation on the Seeking Alpha platform because it simply isn’t me.  I’m different.  Unique in ways that make being published there far too painful an experience in an avocation that offers far too much joy.

That noted, I intend to return to biotech blogging in a very, very big way.  I begin that intrepid endeavor here with what I believe is the most important investment thesis you will ever read.  In the future, I will return to Thaumaturgical analyses of biotechnology stocks which is my strength.  As always, you are encouraged to read my disclaimer and to know that it is the most important part of any document or video I publish.  Get ready for the most exciting time in Scrying Biotech history.  Let’s make some money!

Fukushima is an Existential Threat to Humanity

One of many blueprints to successful investing in this sector is to find a change in either a therapeutic landscape or technology that could provide an opening to a greater opportunity. These usually are discovered at the micro level of analysis but sometimes rise to that of the macro. The ongoing ecological disaster at Fukushima Daiichi is as much a profound investment opportunity as it is an existential threat to humanity. It is, therefore, a macabre key that you can use to unlock future profits. I will leave the discussion of how you can best position yourself within the sector to capitalize to a future date.  But, for now, let’s take a closer look at the ongoing calamity itself.

[A conversation recently overheard at my dental office.] Little Girl: “What’s this for?” [referring to the heavy x-ray apron laid over her chest] Dental Assistant: “This protects your heart from radiation.” Little Girl: “What about my head?” [Nervous laughter]

What I’m about to tell you is going to be troubling. So much so that you might want to change the channel of your focus in order to preserve your peace of mind. If you dare stay with me, I fully expect that many readers will become angry. Some will say that I’ve donned my tinfoil hat. While others will proclaim much ado about nothing. Every statement, however, that I’m about to make is properly sourced. And while we might disagree about the severity involved, Fukushima Daiichi is, nonetheless, a severe blow to human life.

Fact! X-ray machines at your dental office give off far less radiation than they once did. And the biennial frequency of exposure may well be worth the cumulative risk. But Fukushima Daiichi is not the one-off event many of us thought it to be back on that dreadful day in 2011. While there are many causes of cancer including, but not limited to, a genetic predisposition; dietary deficiencies; compromised immune systems; viruses; harmful pollutants both passive and purposefully ingested [carcinogens]; and a proclivity towards a sedentary lifestyle, there is also the increasing exposure to radiological elements transmitted through x-rays; roadside speed guns; and outdated nuclear reactor facilities running long beyond their decommission dates. I found several studies demonstrating, for instance, that children age 0-9 living near one of these nuclear power plants were 24% more likely to die from leukemia. And while no one can draw a direct line between the dots, a difficulty that those in the nuclear power industry profit from through liability insulation, it is equally true that no one can deny the association being made, at least, not credibly.

Three Missing Cores At Least One Of Which Cannot Be Located

We were told three partial meltdowns. Don’t worry about it! Now we know it was a 100% core melt in all three reactors.

Quote attributable to, Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist.

Complete transparency on the part of any public or private entity is impossible. We know, for instance, that governments have, for as long as they’ve existed, hidden away facts relevant to any human or manmade disaster. Wanting to avoid a panic is a justifiable motive. Biotech companies do this every day and are given leeway through a number of legal machinations including the cover of patient privacy [see Zafgen (NASDAQ:ZFGN) and Beloranib].

Consequently, the critiques I’m about to make regarding the lack of information provided us by Tokyo Electric Power Company, hereafter, TEPCO, ought not to be interpreted as judgment. I have none. But you need to pay careful attention to the facts I’m about to share with you because they have profound long-term implications for not only Japan but for the Americas as well.

Fact #1: Fukushima Radiation Levels Are Worse Today Than They’ve Ever Been Before

March 11, 2011 will forever be remembered by the citizens of Japan as a day of terror when a 9.0 earthquake located 80 miles offshore and lasting for over 5 consecutive minutes rocked the entire nation. Hours later a massive tsunami had washed away coastal villages and instigated a nuclear power plant disaster unquantifiable in magnitude. Within 24 hours, officials of the federal government and TEPCO had declared the damage to be contained. They further reported that there had only been 3 partial meltdowns at plants 1, 2 and 3, a story they recanted 2 months later.

The situation is now, in many ways, as bad as it has ever been. Of the 4 plants located at Daiichi, plant 4 was able to be shut down. In 2014, spent fuel rods coated with fissionable materials and located in a pool of draining water suspended precariously 50 feet above ground for easy access were removed and placed in a safer location. Plants 1, 2, and 3, however, remain completely unstable. Their fuel rods remain inaccessible. But it is the missing cores in each of these reactors that are causing the most concern.

In Building 2, TEPCO has authorized and deployed the use of several remote controlled robots at a cost in excess of $3m each to find them. Unfortunately, the environment is so hot that the circuitry in the first which looked like a boat fried within an hour and the second which looked like a scorpion was made useless within 2 hours but not before a 6′ gash was discovered in the steel containment structure likely caused by a core burn through. If true, that core is now wedged within the containment floor or resides somewhere on the water table poisoning the Pacific Ocean with a daily dose of cesium and strontium.

In a February 8, 2017 FOX News Insider report, Adam Housley lent credence to just how hot these reactors are by indicating that radiation levels are now being detected at 530 sieverts per hour the highest since 2011. The brave men and women of TEPCO who position and control these robots remotely from inside the buildings operate in shifts of one hour each because it only takes 4 sieverts to kill a handful of people.

Fact #2: Millions Of Gallons Of Radiated Water Have No Place To Go But Back Into The Ocean

When Fukushima Daiichi lost power on that horrifying day, they lost the ability to cool the reactors. So, instead, they began flushing the buildings with sea water. Because sea water contains salt, the pumps used to circulate the water became inoperable. Since that time, approximately 300 to 400 tons of water has been cascaded downhill and into the containment structures of plants 1, 2 and 3 on a daily basis. What doesn’t flow into the Pacific ocean is then pumped out into containment structures made up of steel segments isolated with rubber gaskets. In 2016, there were over a thousand of these barrels containing over 900k tons of radioactive water occupying most of the available land on the hillside property. More durable long-term structures have been built but TEPCO is requesting that they be allowed to bury some of those tanks in the Pacific Ocean in order to complete a process that could take 40-100 years according to experts at a cost of $300bn to taxpayers.

Fact #3: Wind And Ocean Currents Sweep Fukushima Radiation Directly Toward North America

The weeks that followed in the aftermath of the disaster at Fukushima were horrific in their own right. Onshore winds caused for radiation to blow towards densely populated Tokyo. Cooling system failures at the plant were reported on the Sunday following Friday’s debacle and another hydrogen explosion was reported at the plant on Monday. Then, another state of emergency was declared when 3 nuclear reactor units to the northeast of Fukushima were reported leaking and near meltdown at the Onagawa plant.

Sadly, Japan was entering a period where onshore flows were more common thereby endangering more of the inland population. Still, the prevailing wind patterns were, as they always have been, toward the east.  Much of the airborne isotopes fell over the Pacific ocean on their 12-day voyage to Seattle and Los Angeles but the U.S. government reportedly stopped recording airborne radiation levels during that period of time. In fact, it gave no warning to its people that the radiation was about to fall unlike, for instance, the U.K. government which did.

The opening graphic in this article features a map issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the upper left hand corner depicting the flow of underwater currents from Japan outward toward both North and South America. What is clearly visible is that the land of North America is first in line by sea and by air to be assaulted by Fukushima’s army of radiation. That has already occurred. And while those levels were far below those considered harmful by way of direct exposure that belies a greater truth where the Pacific ocean is concerned as Dr. Helen Caldicott explains.

Radioactive iodine 129 it’s half-life is 17 million years, plus strontium, plus cesium, plus tritium and I could go on and on. If it gets into the sea, the algae concentrated hundreds of times, then the crustaceans concentrated hundreds of times, then the little fish, then the big fish, then us – because we stand at the apex of the food chain. You can’t taste these radioactive elements. You can’t see them. And you can’t smell them. They’re silent.

Long before elevated levels of radiation were discovered in bluefin tuna and sockeye salmon, the U.S. government had already set about to raise the acceptable levels of radiation exposure back in 2013. The problem is that all radiation within the human body accumulates over time. And all forms of radiation are naturally absorbed into the body. The thyroid, for instance, can’t distinguish between regular iodine and radioactive iodine and will take up whichever chemical is presented to it. It is believed that half of all Americans are iodine deficient. Consequently, an uptick in thyroid cancers is one of the first after effects of a nuclear event.  Cesium 137 appears to the muscles in the same manner that potassium does and so on.

Some people will tell you that the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the then Soviet Union was far worse than Fukushima because of the 9-day graphite fire that released large doses of radiation into the atmosphere. The weakness of this argument twofold.  First, Chernobyl was located in the vast remoteness of the countryside.  Fukushima is less that 150 miles from one of the most populous cities in the world – Tokyo.   Second, Chernobyl was contained, a word I find grossly exaggerated as a descriptor, on land in a relatively short period of time. It took nearly 600k heroic citizens to dump concrete and lime over the grounds in 10 minute intervals followed by the construction of a concrete and steel dome which has since been replaced to accomplish this. To date, there is no plan to fully contain Fukushima which remains a simultaneous source of oceanic heating and poisoning.

Bizarre incidents of sea-lion starvation have been reported in which NOAA failed to test for either pollutants or radiation as causal factors but, instead, suggested that mothers had to forage further from their offspring to find food due to warmer ocean currents. Fukushima residents on land have been attacked by wild boars which used to be a source of meat on the table but are now carrying doses of radioactive contamination 300-times in excess of acceptable limits. Scientific studies have been conducted to fathom the depth of the problem. And recently, forest fires on the hillsides above Fukushima have released radioactive particles back into the air.

The Elephant In The Room

No one can avoid the obvious – that Fukushima will remain a problem as long as the cores in reactors 1, 2 and 3 remain on the lam. But the real problem that no one wants to talk about is the vulnerability of the site to further earthquake damage which would almost certainly result in a spent fuel rod fire that would make Chernobyl seem like child’s play at a family picknic not to mention 1-million tons of radioactive water in those storage tanks being flushed out to sea. I have little doubt that the U.S. military presence in the China Sea has something to do with the additional concern that Kim Jong Un might target those reactors with conventional ballistic missiles that he already possesses. And the threat of nuclear war looms large in that region as well.

But no matter how one assesses the threat level the truth remains that the worldwide increase of airborne and underwater nuclear contamination is ongoing and rising. Whether related to wars in the Middle East; North Korea’s nuclear tests; failing nuclear power facilities; or the ongoing crisis in Japan – the atmosphere in this world is becoming more toxic every day. And the potential for nuclear power facility meltdowns is increasing as well. The precarious GE design of the Fukushima facility with those suspended fuel rod ponds has been duplicated at 23 other sites worldwide.

Our Investment Thesis Is Simple

We’ll start seeing lung cancer, leukemia, I think, two to five years from now. And then solid cancers will start appearing 15, 16, to 17 years later.

Quote attributable to Dr. Helen Caldicott and previously sourced.

For the people of Japan, there’s no way of getting around this. There are already increasing incidents of birth defects – the pictures of which are too disturbing for me to show you. And while future death rates attributed to cancer from Chernobyl by the UN organization UNSCEAR come in at a modest 3.94k in all of Europe, private scientific organizations not influenced by the nuclear industry peg future incident rates at 16k cases of thyroid cancer and 25k cases of other cancers. Fukushima becomes an added concern with the more lethal dimension of oceanic contamination.

I believe, as do many of my colleagues, that there will be at least a hundred-thousand, and as many as one-million or more cancers in Japan’s future as a result of this meltdown.

Quote attributable to: Arnie Gundersen, FaireWinds Energy Education

I encourage you to view the video linked above and published on YouTube by Mr. Gundersen who is an engineer with over 44 years of experience in the nuclear industry.  Pay special attention to the slides he presents which demonstrate the amount of airborne radiation that the people of Tokyo and Seattle were subject to.  We already know that the incident rate of childhood leukemia has increased by 35% since 1975. Sharp increases in anecdotal incident rates of leukemias in small towns around the world since Fukushima have been reported. And it should be lost on no one that over-all healthcare costs in the U.S. have risen by the most in 34 years.

In Conclusion

Add this all up and we have a compelling case for investment in existing companies with approved therapies in hematological spaces and in developmental enterprises that will give us the new therapies of the future that patients and, possibly even, governments will demand.  In Japan alone, I believe we will seen incident rates of leukemia increase not incrementally but, rather, by multiples.  In a future video, I will show you a company that I’m moving a good deal of my discretionary biotech funds into for the next three to six months that fits this profile.

Always be well…

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A Message To Spiro Rombotis – CEO Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals

I am long 2,036 shares of CYCC and adding.

Dear Mr. Rombotis,

I feel compelled to share with you a Thaumaturgical analysis I conducted on CYCC today, Friday, April 21st 2017.  The messaging in this analysis is more important for you than it is for shareholders.  And by “shareholders” I don’t mean any investment bank you work with, hedge fund(s) or institutional equity holders (which are coming in).  I mean retail investors such as myself.

My guides are telling me that this is a new beginning for the company.  The importance of this new beginning can’t be understated.  It has sparked a genuine interest in the company.  And while Adam Feuerstein, with motives known only to himself, has derided and derailed this fresh start it, nonetheless, is a very real phenomenon worth building upon.

At the present time, we see that you are troubled.  Your tendency, as it has been in the past, is to pull away into yourself as a means of managing your emotions.  You must avoid this.  But the only way to do this successfully is to think of your retail shareholders first, last and always.  And this is clearly not what you have done in the past.

At the present time, you are receiving your first genuine partnership interest revolving around CYC065.  Big pharma knows that you are in a distressed financial situation not as it pertains to your runway of cash under current operating conditions but as it concerns any ambitions you have for placing CYC065 into a large enough Phase-2 trial to engage the FDA in Accelerated Approval discussions on a positive outcome.  Consequently, the offers are, and will be, far below what you would hope to entertain.  Regardless, you must not become depressed by this to the point of withdraw or becoming jaded.  To keep the proper emotional disposition, keep your arguments focused on what’s best for your shareholders.  You should note that this is what you’ll be hearing from your over fed counterparts.  And while it comes across as disingenuous it is effective.

In Q3 you will be fielding offers from two parties.  You must be careful not to play one off against the other but, rather, to treat each as an opportunity to gain clarity on mutual benefit.  A large upfront cash payment will likely not be proffered given the fact that a smaller amount will be viewed by the supplicant as more than sufficient given your circumstances.  A way around this would be to place the backend milestones in a near-term position.  Instead of a $300m upfront payment, $100m might be sufficient if the first backend milestone were, for instance, a $40m Phase-2 payment upon first patient dosed.  The prospective partner will be able to tell his or her shareholders that this deal was a steal given the low upfront payment while you’ll be able to tell us that more money will be realized in a shorter period of time.

Letting interested parties know that getting CYC140 into the clinic quickly and onto a large Phase-2 study is of the utmost importance will allow you to get more than what you’ll need.  And an equity raise at a larger market-cap of say $80 to a $100m on news of this deal for CYC065 will add even more operating capital to your reserves.

And finally, it’s important for me to add the following caveat.  Make a break with the past!  Do not play data mining games!  This will only add to an already poor image in the retail investment community and solicit Feuerstein’s added critique.  Reporting the DNA Damage Response data from Phase-2 is fine.  But if that data is, in fact, so-so, let both sapacitabine and seliciclib go.  Focus all of your efforts and communications on the bright future you know in your heart that we possess.

This is the moment that will define you forever.

Always be well…

Michael Webb

Astellas To Acquire Ocata Therapeutics

Japanese biotech Astellas is set to acquire Ocata Therapeutics at a 90% premium to the previous day’s closing price.  This is yet another Scrying Biotech triumph joining Trevena, Amarin and Synergy Pharmaceutical as plus 100% hits in 2015, the latter of which climbed 298% since my initial coverage earlier in the year.  While controversial to many long-term holders of the equity, Ocata represents the latest example of a well-timed trade.  Here’s my September 5th Tweet…

Twitter on Ocata

If someone is having a better year blogging or investing in biotech, please let me know who they are by emailing me at: michael@scryingbiotech.com  I’ll leave you with my latest TipRanks profile capture.  And let you know that Zafgen (ZFGN) will continue to climb, albeit, in spurts as the company makes its scientific and clinical pursuits whole again.

TipRanks 11-11-15

Always be well…

ACTCD Was Our First Winner!!!

Posted to the Scrying Biotech website on August 31st, my first purchase of $13,994 was made on September 4th for $8.88 a share.  Over the next 3 days, the stock rose over 32%.  I sold shares each day for a total profit of $4,235.  Here was my strategy taken directly from the last paragraph of the “I’m In” page.

“I’m looking for a 30% climb and will be out upon reaching that target.  I’m mindful, however, that publication of positive Phase I results in a prestigious scientific review such as the New England Journal of Medicine, could see the stock double in value over night.  Nonetheless, I’ll take profits as they present themselves.”

ACTCD Results 1-Month Chart

That’s a good and auspicious start.  Let’s hope we do as well moving forward.  It should be noted that I took out a second position in ACTCD with the profits only and will hold through November 6th or a 30% gain – whichever comes first.  This is not however part of the Scrying Record.  Those trades are found only under the “I’m In” tab.


A Profitable Return to Divinatory Analysis

In 2013, after less than six months in biotechnology investing, I began applying thaumaturgical analysis in addition to all of the traditional and sundry due diligence techniques.  Here’s a graphical representation of how this created separation from the standard indices in 2013.

2013 Against the Indexes

In 2014, I ignored my previous success, in part, because almost every reading I did on a stock turned up as negative as the overall sector performance played out to be.  Additionally, I was determined to be a better analyst, better writer and better researcher.  The following graphic demonstrates how losing my way cost me money.  Note too, however, that once I shifted my thought process back to what works and left Seeking Alpha, my performance steeply ascends upward.  These graphics are taken from my brokerage account analytical tools.  Here’s my year to date performance on a cost basis.

2014 Against the Indexes

Overall, I’m still up 48.81% on the year even with several notable setbacks.

At this time, I’m back to a thaumaturgical first approach and my brokerage account is benefiting from that choice.

Always be well…