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Cautious Optimism Surrounds Bluebird Bio’s Sickle Cell Therapy: Analyst Highlights Financial Challenges

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The Potential of Bluebird Bio’s Lovo-Cel in the Sickle Cell Disorder Market

Cantor Fitzgerald has recently initiated coverage on Bluebird Bio Inc (NASDAQ: BLUE), shedding light on the promising developments in genetic medicines targeting sickle cell disorder (SCD), particularly Bluebird Bio’s lovo-cel. With lovo-cel’s progression towards the U.S. market, there is growing optimism about its potential to become a game-changer in treating SCD.

Competition and Potential: Bluebird Bio’s Gene Therapies

While lovo-cel holds promise, it is essential to highlight that Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc and CRISPR Therapeutics AG’s sickle cell candidate, exa-cel, also has PDUFA dates in December. Nonetheless, Cantor Fitzgerald analysts believe that lovo-cel serves a significantly larger market compared to Bluebird Bio’s other gene therapies, Zynteglo and Skysona.

Uncertainty Surrounding Bluebird Bio’s Financial Outlook

Despite the potential of lovo-cel, Cantor Fitzgerald’s analysts have taken a cautious stance, initiating a Neutral rating on Bluebird Bio. According to them, the financial outlook for the company seems uncertain, primarily due to the modest opportunities for Zynteglo and Skysona in β-thalassemia and CALD, respectively. These two therapies have a combined market potential of over $100 million, which may not be enough to support Bluebird Bio’s significant expense infrastructure.

Emerging Competitors in the Field

Analysts Eric Schmidt and Rick Bienkowski suggest that Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ exa-cel is likely to emerge as the leading cell therapy for SCD, given the substantial resource commitment by the company. They also note that while lovo-cel and exa-cel have similar clinical profiles, lovo-cel may face limitations due to less extensive commercial support, potentially putting it at a competitive disadvantage.

Barriers to Entry and Market Challenges

It’s crucial to acknowledge that the SCD market presents multiple barriers for cell therapies. Bluebird Bio’s resource constraints could further complicate the situation and pose challenges for the successful penetration of lovo-cel in the market.

Evaluating BLUE’s Financial Performance and Market Valuation

Cantor Fitzgerald’s sales estimates for lovo-cel from 2024 to 2027 are below consensus, leading them to suggest that Bluebird Bio shares are currently fairly valued based on discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis.

Current Performance of Bluebird Bio Stock

As of the most recent update, Bluebird Bio shares are up 1.96% at $2.85.

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