Why Egalet Corp. Shares Jumped

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What: Shares of Egalet (NASDAQ: EGLT  ) , a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of abuse-resistant therapies for pain and other indications, jumped as much as 20% after announcing that its IPO underwriters had exercised their over-allotment option.

So what: According to Egalet's press release, the company's IPO underwriters have exercised their option to purchase 630,000 shares at the IPO price of $12 per share. After accounting for underwriting discounts and commissions, Egalet estimates that it will clear an additional $7.5 million in net proceeds from the sale. These funds are important because Egalet currently has only two therapies in phase 1 studies. Based on its pipeline timeline found on its website, we would expect to see its first product hit pharmacy shelves no sooner than mid-2015. In other words, while Egalet is conducting these studies, it needs as much free capital as it can get.

Now what: Despite its early-stage pipeline, I would certainly recommend keeping an eye on Egalet because abuse-resistant technologies represent a genuine opportunity to win over a Food and Drug Administration that's very leery when it comes to approving pain medications, which can sometimes become addictive. Keep in mind that there are more than a handful of questions left to be answered with such a young pipeline and there could be plenty of potential for this valuation to deflate. Still, I'd suggest adding it to your watchlist and keeping an eye on its two lead compounds Egalet-001 an abuse-deterrent extended-release version of morphine, and Egalet-002, an abuse-deterrent extended-release version of oxycodone.

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Sean Williams

A Fool since 2010, and a graduate from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Economics, Sean specializes in the healthcare sector and in investment planning topics. You'll usually find him writing about Obamacare, marijuana, developing drugs, diagnostics, and medical devices, Social Security, taxes, or any number of other macroeconomic issues.

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