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The Orthocell share price is going nuts on claims of a blockbuster medical breakthrough

The Orthocell Ltd (ASX: OCC) share price is up 25% to 50 cents today after the regenerative medicine researcher announced trial results showed its medical device CelGro® had helped quadriplegics regain arm and hand functions. 

CelGro® is reportedly used by surgeons to help patients regain muscle function via nerve regeneration treatment.

According to the company 12 patients undertook the trial with 86% of them subsequently reducing or ceasing to need prescription medication for chronic nerve pain 12 months after their treatment with CelGro®.

While 96% of “nerve repairs restored voluntary movement to previously paralysed muscle” in allowing previously quadriplegic patients to now undertake some common everyday tasks. 

Orthocell estimates CelGro®’s addressable market to be worth around US$1.1 billion annually, with 700,000 procedures completed each year that could be improved by CelGro®.

All this sounds exciting and at 50 cents per share Orthocell now has a market value around $74 million. For the 12 months to June 30 2019 it posted a net loss of $5.8 million on sales of $945,657. 

I would not suggest buying Orthocell shares myself, but the share price action shows it’s exciting risk on investors. 

Other speculative biotech picks exciting investors include Althea Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: ATH) Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX: PAR) and Opthea Ltd (ASX: OPT).

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