Developing new prescription medicine for market is a costly and oftentimes, a futile endeavor as drugmakers can spend up to $2.6 billion only to see 12% of their candidates gain approval. When Pfizer fails on two out of three new drugs, retail investors have grown leery of the space, but companies like Aequus Pharmaceuticals (AQS.V) have found a way to bypass this massive regulatory and financial bottleneck by seeking out existing drugs approved in other countries and bringing them to Canada for market approval.

Spending 12-18 months rather than the standard 8-10 years for new drug approval, Aequus also benefits from low fixed costs that allow the company to profitably operate in a relatively small marketplace such as Canada in niche areas including neurology, ophthalmology and transplant. Positioned for growth with $2.0 million cash in the till, Aequus is a steady bet in an uncertain industry. As such, Equity Guru’s own Chris Parry spoke with company CEO and chairman, Doug Janzen, to get a better look at Aequus unique de-risked approach and its potential for investors. Listen in!

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Chris Parry

A multi-Webster Award winner for excellence in BC journalism, Parry is the founder and publisher of Equity.Guru, which he built with the specific plan to blend old school reporting with stock promotion, in a way that puts the emphasis on truth, high standards, and ethics. Parry is a veteran of TV, radio, and print, and consults with public companies to help them figure out their storylines, lay down achievable milestones, and improve their communication with shareholders, while also posting regular deep dive analysis of companies in the public spotlight.

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