Metabasis Therapeutics (MBRX): Another Biopharma Microcap Implodes

July 17, 2007 by Douglas A. McIntyre

Metabasis Therapeutics (MBRX) is off 56% to $3 after its diabetes drug candidate CS-917 failed to significantly lower blood sugar in a mid-stage trial. The company has traded as high as $8.64 in the last year.

It is another example of the "one trick pony" microcap biopharma’s that have nothing to offer but a one product trial. In the last quarter, the company lost over $9 million on revenue of $3.4 million. It loss has been about the level for each of the last four quarters. Add to this that the company had a market cap of $250 million within the last year.

Amazing risk.

Douglas A. McIntyre