Investors hoping to suss out the next Amgen or Gilead Sciences -- that is, companies that start small but grow into multi-billion dollar entities -- can be in for rough ride. After all, most early life cycle biotechs tend to meet one of two less glamorous fates: bankruptcy or buyout. Armed with this insight, let's take a look at two high-profile biotech companies that appear destined to vanish from the public markets within the next year or two.
Nuplazid's commercial launch would be better served by a big pharma
Acadia Pharmaceuticals (
The overarching concern seems to be Acadia's lack of experience in terms of handling a commercial launch. Nuplazid, after all, is the company's maiden voyage into the complex world of pharmaceutical sales, and the biotech is up against a host of bigger competitors that sell a variety of products commonly used off-label to treat PDP.
That said, Nuplazid's estimated target market of 400,000 Parkinson's patients in just the U.S., combined with its annual wholesale price of
And perhaps as an added buyout trigger, Acadia is close to releasing the results of a mid-stage study assessing pimavanserin...