Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cesca Stock Plunges 50 Percent in Wake of California Stem Cell Agency News

The stock price of Cesca Therapeutics yesterday plummeted about 50 percent after it reported bad news about its application for $10 million from the California stem cell agency.

The stock closed at 30 cents a share in relatively heavy trading, compared to its close of 59 cents the previous day. Over the last 52 weeks, the stock has ranged from 29 cents to $1.24.

On Monday, the company, which is based in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova, announced that it had withdrawn its application from the $3 billion state-funded agency until it assessed critical reviewer comments. Cesca’s proposal involves a roughly $20 million, phase three clinical trial to test a product aimed at critical limb ischemia.

The firm had raised financing for the trial that was contingent on CIRM approval of a grant.  

In its Monday press release, company president Robin Stracey said,

“We expect to spend the next several weeks re-validating and/or amending select elements of our plan, with a particular focus on the anticipated rate of patient enrollment, the overall timetable and the design of the statistical plan. Having said that, we remain very excited by the prospects for our program.”
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