OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) has completed the sale of its stake in Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRNE), a publicly-traded, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused primarily on the acquisition, discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics (“Sorrento”). The sale of Sorrento shares adds approximately $22 million to OPKO’s cash position and represents an approximate ten-fold return of OPKO’s 2009 investment.
"The highly successful exit from our investment in Sorrento further crystallizes our strategy of making small investments in other health care companies to either have access to new technology for our product pipeline or to benefit from appreciation in the value of our investment,” said Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and CEO of OPKO. “Following this sale, our investment portfolio in other health care companies is still far in excess of our cost.”
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