Cellular Dynamics International (ICEL) and Curis (CRIS) Head-To-Head Survey

Cellular Dynamics International (NASDAQ: ICEL) and Curis (NASDAQ:CRIS) are both small-cap biotechnology & medical research – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cellular Dynamics International and Curis’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cellular Dynamics International N/A N/A N/A ($1.94) -8.53
Curis $7.53 million 16.99 -$60.41 million ($0.40) -1.95

Cellular Dynamics International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Curis. Cellular Dynamics International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Curis, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Cellular Dynamics International and Curis, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cellular Dynamics International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Curis 0 0 3 0 3.00

Curis has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 733.33%. Given Curis’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Curis is more favorable than Cellular Dynamics International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

55.2% of Curis shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of Curis shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Cellular Dynamics International and Curis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cellular Dynamics International -88.12% -57.59% -38.09%
Curis -629.29% -250.58% -81.57%


Curis beats Cellular Dynamics International on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cellular Dynamics International

Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. develops and produces functioning human cells in industrial quantities. The Company’s products include true human cells in multiple cell types (iCell products), human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and custom iPSCs and iCell products (MyCell products). It markets its products for use in life science in vitro research and development, as well as applied product testing, stem cell banking and in vivo cellular therapeutics. It is also in the process of developing human cells as cellular therapeutics. The market for in vitro drug discovery, toxicity testing and applied testing, including chemical safety, has employed models, such as primary cells, transformed (immortalized) cells and live animals that act as surrogates for functioning human cells. Its iCell and MyCell products consist of iCell Cardiomyocytes, iCell Neurons, iCell DopaNeurons, iCell Endothelial Cells, iCell Hepatocytes, MyCell and Media and reprogramming kit.

About Curis

Curis, Inc. is a biotechnology company seeking to develop and commercialize drug candidates for the treatment of cancers. The Company’s drug candidate is CUDC-907, an orally-available, small molecule inhibitor of histone deacetylase (HDAC) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) enzymes. CUDC-907 is an oral, dual inhibitor of Class I and II HDAC, as well as Class I PI3K enzymes. CA-170 is an oral small molecule drug candidate that is designed to selectively target programmed death ligand-1 (PDL1) and V-domain Ig suppressor of T-cell activation (VISTA) immune checkpoint proteins, both of which independently function as negative regulators of immune activation. CA-4948 is an oral small molecule drug candidate that is designed to inhibit the Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase 4 (IRAK4) kinase, which is a transducer of toll-like receptor or certain interleukin receptor signaling pathways.

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