It's been a roller-coaster ride for California-based biopharma company, KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.KBIO , with the company seeing major ups and downs over a short period of one month. From being close to winding down its operations in November, the company found a savior in the form of Martin Shkreli.
With a 70% investment being announced by a Shkreli-led investor group, KaloBios' shares shot up 402.4% (Read more: KaloBios Soars on Investment by Martin Shkreli-Led Group ). Shkreli also took on the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KaloBios. Since then, shares have been on an upswing (shares touched a 52-weeek high of $45.82 on Nov 23) until yesterday when the company's shares plunged 53.2% in pre-market trading with Shkreli being arrested.
Ironically, Shkreli who has been in the news mainly due to his price gouging tactics, did not get arrested due to pricing issues. His arrest is related to fraudulent practices committed during a 5-year period when he was also working as a hedge-fund manager.
While many on social media expressed delight at Shkreli's arrest, KaloBios' shareholders do not have much to be happy about. Trading in the company's shares was halted yesterday at 06:48:07 ET at a last price of $23.59 with the company being asked to submit additional information. Details regarding the information requested by Nasdaq were not available.
Trading in KaloBios' shares will remain halted until the company has fully satisfied Nasdaq's request for additional information.
Shkreli has since been released after having posted bail. Meanwhile, KaloBios will be looking to recover some of the lost value. The company is focused on the development of cancer treatments including for both hematologic malignancies and potentially solid tumors.
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