|Pluristem’s Potential Value Highlighted by Cephalon-Mesoblast Deal|
|By Ray Dirks|
|Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:06|
PSTI and MSB are both cell therapy companies and are considered comparables. PSTI, an American company with headquarters in Haifa Israel, uses the Human placenta (afterbirth) as a source of their therapeutic cells while MSB, an Australian company, uses bone marrow as their source of cells. Additionally, PSTI grows their cells in-house in a proprietary bioreactor while it is felt that MSB outsources the expansion of their cells where they are grown in Petri dishes or tissue flasks.
The highlights of the CEPH-MSB deal are as follows:
1. CEPH has licensed MSB’s cells for the following indications:
a. Cardiovascular disease – including congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction.
b. Neurodegenerative disease – including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s chore and Alzheimer’s disease.
c. In oncology – for the expansion of hematopoietic precursor cells in hematological malignancies.
2. CEPH Will Pay 50% of all preclinical cost (through Phase IIa) for the chronic neurodegenerative disease indications and 100% of the costs for clinical development post IIa for all indications licensed.
3. CEPG to Pay $100 Million to MSB upfront on signing the deal and an additional 30 Million after share holder approval to sell 19.9% of MSB’s equity to CEPH at $4.35 ( a 45% premium to MSB’s 30 day average at the time of the deal).
4. CEPH will pay milestone payments to MSB that could amount to as much as $1.7 Billion.
5. CEPH receives sales and marketing rights for the above indications.
MSB’s market value is currently approximately $745 Million while PSTI’s market value is approximately $35 Million. As PSTI enters clinical trials for the other indication with their proprietary placental-expanded (PLX) cells, their market value should reasonably approach or potentially exceed the market value of MSB because, in my opinion, PSTI’s cells are easier to obtain and grow and are potentially better cells therapeutically.
Ergo, my opinion is to accumulate PSTI’s Stock.
Disclosure: No Positions