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Rod Raynovich is an entrepreneur and executive with a focus on life science companies and medical technology trends.He has over 35 years executive experience including Abbott and JNJ and has been involved three successful start-ups. Before starting Raygent and other companies he was also a... More
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Raygent Capital
My blog:,Rayno Life Science
  • 2012 Performance-Rayno Life Sciences Diagnostics And Tools: ILMN, NEOG, QDEL 0 comments
    Jan 3, 2013 3:21 PM | about stocks: CPHD, ILMN, NEOG, QDEL

    Rayno Diagnostics and Tools -Another Year of Outstanding Performance

    In a volatile year with a few earnings disappointments and the summer doldrums, the sector did quite well due to synergies with new drug therapies, technological innovation such as genomics and biomarkers, sales growth from new products and M&A.

    We need to find new ideas as some of our companies have been acquired, most recently GenProbe (NASDAQ:GPRO). Here are some highlights of our current diverse portfolio.

    • Abaxis (NASDAQ:ABAX) is a leading Company in point-of-care blood analysis for both human and veterinary markets. 17% sales growth is forecasted for 2013 .
    • Cardiovascular Systems (NASDAQ:CSII) is a medical device Company focused in minimally invasive treatment of vascular disease. Revenues are forecasted to hit $97M in fiscal year 2013 giving the stock a low P/S of about 3. The stock will move much higher if profitability is achieved next year.
    • Our two turnaround candidates are Alere (NYSE:ALR) and Response Genetics (NASDAQ:RGDX), our only two underperformers but both have very attractive valuations as measured by Price/Sales.
    • Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) up 82% YTD after an earnings miss but rallying on a Roche bid that was turned down by the Company. Rumors on a new buyout have resurfaced.The Company is a leader in genomics tools and DNA sequencing.
    • ThermoFisher (NYSE:TMO) is a new buy at $53.50 and is up over 20% since JY 25. The Company is a core life science research tools play and moving aggressively into clinical diagnostics with revenues over $12B.
    • Quidel (NASDAQ:QDEL) was a recently reiterated buy based on new product sales for infectious disease diagnostics such as C. difficile, Flu and Legionella.
    • Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD) is a new buy at $31.40 in October for an earnings turnaround is a leader in molecular diagnostics.
    • Neogen (NASDAQ:NEOG) stock is up 48% over one year and is a core small cap holding with diagnostic products for food and animal testing.
    • ExactSciences (NASDAQ:EXAS) and Sequenom (NASDAQ:SQNM) are emerging technology plays in genetic analysis for clinical testing.


    2012-2013 OriginalPricePrice% PricePrice% RET  
      Recomm Dec'10Ret 10/2/121/2/131 yr  
    AbaxisABAX2/2/091526.8579 37.937.836.7  
    CardioV.Sys.CSII11/5/107.1511.6663 11.451329.7  
    CeleraCRA3/28/1076.318 acquired    
    CepheidCPHD10/23/1231.4   NEW35.513  
    Exact SciEXAS12/10/105.65.986.8 11.361136  
    GenProbeGPRO2/2/094558.3530 82.55acquired  
    IlluminaILMN2/2/092963.34118 51.255.481.8  
    ImmucorBLUD4/5/102019.830 acquired    
    AlereALR2/2/092536.646 19.6419-17.7  
    MicroFluidicsMFLU7/6/100.771.3474 acquired    
    NeoGenNEOG7/2/102641.0358 42.845.648.8  
    QiagenQGEN3/15/1021.519.55-9 1918.836  
    QuidelQDEL6/16/1012.414.4516 18.6519.931.3  
    ResponseGRGDX2/3/121.5NEW  1.31.4-12.9  
    SequenomSQNM11/18/093.758.03114 3.54.9310.8  
    SeraCareSRLS11/18/092.754.7573 acquired    
    ThermoFishTMO7/25/1253.5NEW  59.46544.5  

    Disclosure: I am long CPHD, CSII, ILMN, QDEL, RGDX.

    Themes: clinical diagnostics Stocks: CPHD, ILMN, NEOG, QDEL
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