NEW YORK, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Exelixis, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXEL) is a development stage biotech company. EXEL developed two cancer treatments cabozantinib (Cabo, Cometriq) and cobimetinib (Cobi). Both use small molecules as the active component. The company has a partnership with Roche to commercialize, market and distribute cobi. Cobi is expected to earn approval in the treatment of melanoma by late 2015, after positive phase-three trial results earlier this week. Cabo is marketed and distributed in the U.S. by EXEL, and in Europe by Sobi. Sobi receives an undisclosed management fee. European revenues are expected in Q2 after a March European approval. Cabo is currently only approved to treat a specific type of thyroid cancer, MTC. There are between 500-700 new cases per year in the U.S., and treatment costs $10,395 for a 28-day supply. In addition, the company has five phase-three trials for various cancer treatments. On top of those, the company has numerous partnerships with other drug companies, and multiple treatments in phase two trials. EXEL has a huge pipeline of potential uses for cabo and cobi.
The company's stock has been hammered by short sellers and recent events. The stock price is down 64% from its 52-week high of $8.41 and now trades at $3.64. The short interest as a percentage of the float is 27%. People are very bearish on EXEL. The price tanked after news in March from the mid-point of one of the company's phase-three trials. I believe the potential is there run the stock price to run back up.
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