The biopharma that could reward you handsomely

Jim Cramer has found one speculative biopharmaceutical company that has already quadrupled and isn't done rewarding your portfolio, yet.

Receptos is a biopharmaceutical company that is focused on therapeutics for immune disorders. The stock took off in 2014, thanks to its clinical trial data for a drug called Ozanimod, which treats multiple sclerosis. Cramer sees enormous potential with this drug, which could even be worth billions.

Ozanimod is currently in Phase 3 trials as an oral treatment, and thus far, the data has indicated it is better than the competition oral treatment drug for MS.

Additionally, there are studies underway that have strong data indicating it could also treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and in the long-term it could work for diseases like lupus or psoriasis, as well.





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Could the healthy outlook translate into hefty investor profits? To find out, Cramer spoke with Receptos CEO Faheem Hasnain.

"Our efficacy data looks every bit as good, and, importantly, our safety profile seems to be a real improvement for patients with this disease," Hasnain said.

The CEO clarified that the significance of Ozanimod is that there is an unmet need for drugs to treat the disease once steroids or immune suppressants no longer work. Receptos' drug is a pill taken once daily, unlike the other options, which are given through IV or injections.

Additionally, a third of patients flare within a year of taking steroids and require more aggressive treatment. A third of patients don't even respond to biologics, and, of the ones that do, only 50 percent will have a durable response.

Hasnain thinks this speaks to the large need for patients who are living with the disease and really need new options.

"I think it is fair to say that this data is as good as it gets. Certainly as good as any of the biologics," he added.

The potential for Receptos could be huge, as there are three times as many patients living with inflammatory bowel disease than multiple sclerosis. So, if this new drug can treat ulcerative colitis, it will open the door to much wider use.

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"We have been known up until this point in time as a multiple sclerosis company because of our first set of trials that we read out…What is really exciting and what's new is this data in inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, specifically," Hasnain said.

Even Cramer thinks the pipeline holds plenty of potential for investors, saying, "This is real. This is a major drug that could have multiple indications. Receptos is a very, very exciting speculative stock."

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