The Horrific Destruction of Biotech Shareholder Value In One Simple Chart

CTIC ChartCTIC data by YCharts

SEATTLE ( TheStreet) -- Charts can sometimes tell a story much better than words, and so it is with the devastating shareholder tragedy otherwise known as Cell Therapeutics ( CTIC).

What you're looking at above is the value of Cell Therapeutics shares going back to its initial public offering. In 2001 (right around the time I joined TheStreet to cover biotech stocks) Cell Therapeutics' stock topped $80,000 per share.

$80,000!

Today, that same Cell Therapeutics share costs $1.08.

In other words, over the last dozen years, Cell Therapeutics has lost 99.999 percent of its market value.

Cell Therapeutics shares fell Monday after FDA placed a partial clinical hold on the company's experimental blood cancer drug Tosedostat because a patient enrolled in a clinical trial died. But today's Cell Therapeutics loss is just a tiny fraction of the long-term decimation of shareholder value.

When a biotech management team places its selfish financial needs above the needs of patients and shareholders -- and does consistently for more than a decade -- the result is the shocking chart above.

-- Reported by Adam Feuerstein in Boston.

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