Today we look at the Mesoblast Ltd [ASX:MSB] share price in light of the recent successes of other coronavirus ‘solution’ stocks. A famous quote comes to mind…
‘In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity’ — Albert Einstein.
The current pandemic currently gripping the global economy proves no different.
Perhaps you have heard of Harvard medical professor Timothy Springer, who earned a whopping AU$1.2 billion during the coronavirus crisis.
Professor Springer has Massachusetts-based company Moderna Inc [NASDAQ:MRNA] to thank for his newly accumulated wealth.
The biotechnology firm attempting to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus has seen its share price rocket by 162% this year.
Springer is not the only one who has made big profits from the global pandemic.
Electronic document signing service DocuSign Inc [NASDAQ:DOCU] and video conferencing tool Zoom Video Communications Inc [NASDAQ:ZM] have both gone gangbusters with so many people working from home.
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Mesoblast closer to a cure
What we can learn from the late Albert Einstein and Professor Springer, is that opportunity can present itself at any time.
You don’t have to be invested in Moderna either.
Take Melbourne-based biotech Mesoblast for instance.
The developer of biological products for regenerative medicine today announced some impressive results in their quest for a COVID-19 cure.
MSB is developing a therapy for COVID-19 patients with moderate/severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
Clinical trials reported an 83% survival rate in ventilator-dependent COVID-19 patients, with 75% successfully coming off ventilator support within a median of 10 days.
In contrast, only 9% of ventilator-dependent COVID-19 patients at a major referral hospital network in New York City were able to come off ventilator support when treated with standard care.
As you might expect, the Mesoblast share price has soared 28.75% to $2.53 as investors react to the good news.
MSB shares currently have a one-year return of 62.7%, coming off a high of $3.07 back in January.
What are you getting with Mesoblast?
MSB is based both in Australia and the US, with a location in Singapore too.
The company develops cellular medicines for inflammatory diseases for applications in key markets including the United States, Europe, Japan, and China.
MSB’s proprietary product RYONCIL™ (remestemcel-L) has been accepted for priority review by the FDA in the US and is being developed for other rare diseases along with COVID-19 derivative ARDS.
I’d say the company is in a relatively healthy financial position too.
Financial highlights for H1 FY2020 include: 43% increase in revenues to US$19.2 million, 32% reduction in loss after tax to US$30.1 million, and cash on hand was US$81.3 million at 31 December.
Meaning Mesoblast is well equipped to continue development of remestemcel-L in the treatment of ARDS in coronavirus patients.
With the current dismal survival outcomes in COVID-19 patients who progress to ARDS and require ventilators, today’s announcement underscores the potential MSB’s therapy has.
With clinical trials only kicking off at the beginning of April, no doubt further announcements will be eagerly anticipated.
In the meantime, make sure you check out our Coronavirus Portfolio, where one of our Money Morning analysts reveals the two types of assets that could benefit as the global pandemic rolls on.
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