Is Zogenix A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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RA Capital Management, led by Peter Kolchinsky, has disclosed a massive new stake in California-based pharmaceutical company Zogenix, Inc (NASDAQ:ZGNX). A new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that RA Capital holds 1.84 million shares of Zogenix, Inc (NASDAQ:ZGNX). The stake represents 7.5% of the company’s common stock, and is passive by nature.

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Boston-based RA Capital, founded by Peter Kolchinsky in 2001, focuses on healthcare and life-sciences companies. The fund invests in companies with promising drugs and technologies. It offers private, IPO, and follow-on financing for its portfolio companies to enable management teams to drive value creation without facing capital shortages from inception through product commercialization. RA Capital’s most recent 13F filing showed that the fund manages a public equity portfolio worth $994.11 million.

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Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ:ZGNX) is a pharmaceutical company engaged in the development of therapies for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders. The company has a market cap of $257.54 million. Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ:ZGNX) raised $98.33 million in proceeds from a public offering, which was completed in August. The offering included about 5.46 million common shares, with 712,500 shares sold pursuant to the underwriters’ full exercise of their option to purchase additional shares. The shares were offered at a price of $18.00 a share.

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Last month, Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ:ZGNX) announced positive top-line pharmacokinetic results from its phase 1b multi-dose clinical trial of Relday, which is a once-monthly subcutaneous investigational formulation of risperidone, for the treatment of schizophrenia. The company believes that Relday, which is subject to approval, has the potential to be the first subcutaneous antipsychotic product that allows for once-monthly dosing and achieves therapeutic drug levels on the first day of administration. In a statement, Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ:ZGNX) said that the phase 1b multi-dose clinical trial for Relday was conducted as a single-center, open-label, safety and PK trial of 60 patients with chronic, stable schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder across a dose range of 60, 90 and 120 mg, and included a comparator arm of Risperdal Consta. Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ:ZGNX) is now starting efforts to secure a global strategic development and commercialization partner for Relday.

On the next page, we’ll talk about the company’s stock and its financial performance.

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