Mesoblast (ASX: MSB) - Why I expect Team Silviu can make a strong comeback

Stuart Roberts

A big theme in 21st Century medicine is regenerative medicine - the use of stem cells from a patient or donor to rebuild damaged tissue or modulate harmful inflammation. Which is why I pay attention to Mesoblast (ASX: MSB), because this ~A$500m company, led by Silviu Itescu, is the world leader in stem cells. I've tracked Mesoblast since 2009 when the first human data on its Mesenchymal Precursor Cells came out, and the company has yet to put a foot wrong clinically. In 2016 it has three programmes in Phase III (the late stage of development), and one approval in Japan. Next year it may gain its first FDA approval. The market doesn't like Mesoblast at the moment, and the shorts have had a field day, because in June its Big Pharma licensee, Teva, handed back a key programme. I actually think this was great news because Mesoblast can now relicense to a more likeminded partner. Mesoblast had US$80.9m cash as at 30 June and is funded to complete the Phase III in advanced chronic heart failure which Teva started.


Stuart Roberts

By background I am an investment professional who did Australian equity research from the late 1990s until 2015. For a lot of that time I focused on healthcare and biotechnology, and the Life Sciences has become a passion of mine. My forte is...

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