CEMI never got EUA for Ebola, probably because they were too late and/or the product was inferior to OSUR's. I think, at this point, they've really got to deliver on Zika.
CEMI has not gotten follow-up cash for development of Zika. Perhaps funders are waiting for approvals before they commit.
He's a US sales and marketing specialist. When he first came on board, he had nothing to sell. Now, he's got three products. Next year, he'll have four (most likely). I predict, BTW, CEMI is going to buy another product or two for sale in the US.
If he makes a decision to slash prices to $5, I am very confident it's the right call. CEMI has been targeting the public health market. They know who the buyers are, and they understand the sales cycle, ie when purchasing decisions are made.
Regarding Zika, the Bahia Farma product was approved. It seems to have been developed by a Korean company, and is manufactured by BioCAN. CEMI really needs to get Anvisa approval rapidamente!
Now, Alere has to sell their stock at cost. Also, this likely puts pressure on Alere to cut cost of Determine Combo, at least some. Public health agencies don't have much money these days. The $12 or whatever Alere charges for Determine Combo is going to seem like a big premium.
Now, TRIB has to suffer through a round of price cuts. What's more, CEMI's HIV-Syph test is going to completely destroy whatever market TRIB has built for its Syph test. TRIB's dumb management could have bought CEMI, but they got cheap.
So, you know exactly why the stock is down? You're all knowing. You must be the world's richest man. Never mind that another company beat CEMI to the punch in Brazil. Not relevant, in your book. Why? Oh, because you're all knowing. Idiot.
A company called Bahiapharm has just gotten ANVISA approval for its Zika test. It's the first POC Zika. Also, the epidemic in Brazil seems to be waning a bit. Seems to be seasonal, as one would expect. Also, seems that acquired immunity might play a role.
ANVISA and FDA EUA are filed. I think the pullback we saw this week may be related to lack of timely approvals. I would seriously doubt that CEMI would submit a test for approval which wasn't rock solid, but who knows. The FDA has approved for EUA for several PCR tests, but those are near 100% sensitivity/specificity. POC might not be able to achieve those levels.
False negative is really the issue. If a patient tests positive, they would certainly be referred to PCR for confirmation. However, the implications for false negative are dire, indeed. DPP ZIka has got to be near 100% sensitive, and that's a fact.
Zika is a month away from local transmission in the United States, or so says the CDC. I would guess that if they're going to grant CEMI an EUA, it would come in the next couple of weeks. Not as if CEMI is going to be able to manufacture 10 million tests in 24 hours.
CEMI was looking for Zika follow-on funding, but none has been forthcoming. Is this not a priority?
CEMI is sitting at around 3x 2017 rev's, although revs could be substantially more than currently forecast. Valuation is not out of line with similar companies, notably the much more slow growing OSUR. I think it's possible that CEMI gets into the 4x revenue range, or around $12.
I don't think these are any more than a nuisance.
I'm guessing Sperzel is looking at the share price and thinking about a secondary. I always thought his goal was to raise the stock price, and then use CEMI as a vehicle to create a half billion dollar company.
Last April, they raised $100 million with the express purpose of making acquisitions. This was via CoCo's, so they're paying around $4 million a year. They could have pounced on CEMI at the time, probably had it for $8. However, they deemed it too expensive. I called them dummies at the time, and I'll reiterate that now.
Now we understand the letter. Yes, there is a valuable business here, but only if attached to an existing cost structure. There is no future for IDXG as a standalone business. Dilution or further debt financing will only delay the inevitable demise.
Why is this BOD so reluctant to deal with the obvious. Is this some sort of mass psychosis?
Regarding malaria, apparently the 10x sensitivity improvement does not command a premium price. However, the 10x plus oral fluid would or might. That's a very interesting question, because you don't want to develop an oral fluid test only to find the market price is the same. I think the reason it might command a premium price is because CEMI would be the only seller of such a product.
Knowing these guys, they WILL NOT SELL the company. They will ride it to zero, and exit with fat severance packages. That's what they do.
Here are the facts. Heartland was informed, obviously, that the BOD and Stover were making bad decisions. They were informed by one of the new board members, most likely. How else would they know bad decisions were being made? Clearly, what's going on is that they are running down the cash, losing business, losing good people, and not pursuing opportunities to sell the company.
Why would that be the case? I have no idea, but PDII/IDXG has been on a suicide mission for a decade. The fundamental actors are the same: Stover, Sullivan, Dugan. These three clowns have been there for years and years, overseeing a calamity and doing nothing about it. I don't claim to understand it. We're dealing here with deep-seated psychological issues which I'm not qualified to discuss.
If it's anything other than a total disaster, I'll be shocked.
The only thing that can save it are the magic words, "strategic alternatives".