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Geron Corporation (GERN) Message Board

  • rattllebug rattllebug Mar 23, 2013 10:00 AM Flag

    Geron's future, or not

    If, as the new CEO, you inherit a situation in which you’ve been bleeding money for years, haven’t produced a profit from inception 20 years ago, have such a variety of programs under way (with requisite resources) that you can’t possibly see them all through fruition (attempting to do so would guarantee bankruptcy), what would you do? I think the answer is: Cut costs and focus on the potential winners only! Doing that, however, would require tough decisions along the way, like discontinuing further investment in things that previously had helped build investor confidence. In short, doing these things would almost certainly drive the PPS down to historic levels and destroy confidence in the company’s ability to succeed. On the upside, if there is a winner in the bunch, and if you invest smartly in that most promising candidate, quite possibly you will come out a winner in the end. Along the way, however, you can’t say much about that potential winner without violating SEC and FDA’s rules. You’re dam_ed if you do dam_ed if you don’t. As I see it, that’s where we are today; with the outcome still uncertain and ever eroding confidence by investors. All we can do is hope that Imetelsat is that winner, and that the deal worked out for their former stem cell program is greeted enthusiastically by Wallstreet later this year. In the meantime, IMO, management has been doing one hell of a job in trying to salvage this company and turn the corner for its investors. This board, again IMO, would better serve investors by focusing on what will eventually decide the outcome; whether or not Imetelstat has a future in oncology, and how big a place that might be. JMO

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