Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugmaker Isis Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ISIS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Isis' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Isis facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Carlsbad, Calif. (1989)

Market Cap

$872.3 million

Industry

Biotechnology

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$108.5 million

Management

Founder/Chairman/CEO Dr. Stanley Crooke

COO/CFO B. Lynne Parshall

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

(18.8%)

Cash/Debt

$474.4 million / $144.3 million

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95.5% of the 629 members who have rated Isis believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include cmario and pcstuck.

Late last year, cmario tapped Isis as a sensible way to go for growth: "Key antisense technology and substantial pipeline combined with ... cash to finance their development. Stock should double within a year."

Over the next five years, in fact, Isis is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 30% annually. That's much faster than bigger biotech plays like Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) (7.6%), Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB) (8.8%), and Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD) (15%).

CAPS member pcstuck elaborates on the growth opportunity:

I like ISIS as a long term play. Small cap biotech with lots of promise and strong pipeline. At this price, the depth of their pipeline does not seem to be taken into account. As with all biotechs, a lot if left up in the air with the FDA and how trials go, but at this price i think the risk is worth it.

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