What makes this setback funny is that Aspen assured investors that it had designed the AppyScore clinical trial to specifically avoid such data collection problems. Remember, Aspen blamed disappointing results from a previous AppyScore study in part on poor data collection and patients lost to follow up.
Perhaps, AspenBio needs to come up with a new excuse for why AppyScore under-performs.
Unfortunately, Joe, I don't have a good guess for the length of this delay. My gut tells me that the AppyScore results, when they do emerge, will not be strong enough to turn AppyScore into a compelling commercial diagnostic product. That's been my stance on AspenBio for awhile now and last week's news only reinforces my bearish sentiment.
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