Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Tekmira's Transition Worth Watching

RNA interference (RNAi) went through a painful stretch of doubt a few years back, but two of the sector's leaders, Alnylam (NASDAQ:ALNY) and Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) have come roaring back on the strength of both solid clinical data and a "risk on" bullish biotech market. Tekmira (TKMR), too, has come back into its own as a settlement with Alnylam has cleared away some legal and IP uncertainties and the company repositions itself as a product-focused biotech.

It's difficult to call any RNAi biotech cheap at this point, and I can't help but note that a great deal of valuation is being pinned to early-stage clinical programs, which history shows is often a very dangerous move. Even...

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