Orthocell Ltd (ASX: OCC) is a rapidly growing regenerative medicine company with a niche focus in the development of novel collagen-based medical devices and cellular therapies for the purpose of repairing the tendon, bone, nerve, and cartilage defects. Orthocell has garnered significant attention as a company positioned for future growth in the lucrative health-based biotech market, following a series of positive announcements made about successful clinical trials in the past year.
Earlier in May of this year, shares rocketed to a high of $0.64 per share from its yearlong low of $0.14 per share, where it experienced some 413% increase since year-to-date. This growth rallied off announcements made by the company that Phase III trial of its CelGro technology in patients with damaged nerves have shown an improvement in regained sensation and muscle function, reporting 83% improvement in muscle power overall.
This product gained significant interest from both investors and the medical society as it allows the treatment of patients whose conditions are so severe that it normally warrants the need for complicated and difficult microsurgery. The CelGro treatment has since been approved for sale within the European Union, as well as being readied for approval in the US and Australia, adding to Orthocells growing portfolio of approved cell therapies such as Ortho-ATI.
Unlike many other biotech companies trading on the ASX, Orthocells suite of TGA-approved (Therapeutic Goods Administration) cell therapies means that it is able to actively generate revenue, consequently allowing Orthocell to be operating in a lower risk environment than its peers. Orthocell caught the attention of investors recently as it announced a trading halt on the 7th October 2019, pending normal trading on the 9th October 2019, where it will be expected to release a significant announcement.
This news has had investors optimistically anticipating more clinical updates, and that the company will be poised for further growth in the coming year with a larger catalogue of products to offer. This reflects the wider sentiment amongst investors as although earnings per share have been down over the 3-year period, revenue has grown significantly over that time. While some investors may find its 12% growth over the past 3 years dissatisfactory, many judges its performance as an indication of a possibly bright future for the company. Orthocell was the last trading at $0.39 per share with a market cap of $60.9 million.
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