Cytogen Sharpens A New Cancer Weapon

By Gene G. Marcial

Healthy Progress
Cytogen (CYTO ), whose products help diagnose and treat cancer, could get a Food & Drug Administration O.K. by midyear for its new Combidex. So says Cynthia Davis of investment firm Caris, who rates Cytogen, now at 11.20, a buy, with a 12-month target of 22. The product is a magnetic resonance imaging agent that helps radiologists tell cancerous from benign lymph nodes.

Combidex will be a big boon to Cytogen, notes Davis, who figures an approval will add $5 million to its 2004 revenues, which she puts at $30 million. Cytogen markets three products already: ProstaScint, an imaging agent for prostate cancer; Quadramet, for pain relief in bone cancer; and NMP22 BladderCheck, a diagnostic test for bladder cancer. A phase 3 (large sample) clinical study of Combidex published in Radiology in September showed that it aids in the evaluation of metastatic lymph nodes, notes Davis.

She figures Combidex and the ramp-up in sales of Quadramet will boost Cytogen's 2005 revenues to $80 million, when she expects earnings of $1.10 a share. In 2006, she sees earnings of $2.60 on sales of $126 million, with Combidex contributing $50 million in sales.

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