Here’s Why TransEnterix (TRXC) Shares Soared Today

Investors love biotech stocks for the lottery ticket-like returns they can offer if a company strikes medical gold or wins the regulator’s blessing. Case in point: TransEnterix (NYSE:TRXC), whose shares are jumping on Tuesday after the surgical robot maker announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of its Senhance Surgical System.

The Company received FDA 510(k) clearance for laparoscopic inguinal hernia and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) surgery. There are approximately 760,000 inguinal hernia and 1.2 million laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures performed annually in the U.S. With this clearance, Senhance System’s total addressable annual procedures in the U.S. has more than doubled to over three million.

“This indication expansion immediately doubles the addressable market for Senhance in the US and validates our regulatory strategy to successfully add to our indications for use,” said Todd M. Pope, president and chief executive officer of TransEnterix. “These expanded procedures are commonly performed at over 95% of hospitals in the United States. We believe this indication expansion will significantly increase the applicability of Senhance to more institutions, particularly those with a busy general surgery practice.”

In the U.S., Senhance is now cleared for laparoscopic colorectal, gynecologic, inguinal hernia and cholecystectomy surgery. This enables Senhance to be used for some of the most common abdominal surgeries, including procedures in general surgery and gynecology.

“We have utilized Senhance broadly across a wide range of general surgery, upper GI surgery and colorectal procedures at our institution,” said Professor Dr. Frank Willeke, Chief of Surgery at St. Marien Hospital in Siegen, Germany. “We believe this procedural expansion for the US will allow surgeons there to incorporate the Senhance, as we have, as a highly-efficient, enabling and very promising technology that can impact the vast majority of surgeries commonly performed by general surgeons and their sub-specialties.”

Analyst Ratings 

Most analysts on Wall Streets are out rooting for this robotic surgical maker to be a winning stock pick, as TipRanks analytics showcase TRXC as a Strong Buy. Based on 5 analysts polled in the last 12 months, four rate a Buy on TransEnterix stock while only one issue a Hold. The 12-month average price target stands at $4.25, marking a nearly 22% upside from where the stock is currently trading.

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