Why OvaScience Inc. Shares Are Soaring Today

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What: Shares in OvaScience (NASDAQ: OVAS) rallied by 10% earlier today after the company reported insider buying by its co-founder Richard Aldrich.

So What: OvaScience issued a filing with the SEC yesterday disclosing that firm founder Richard Aldrich had acquired 2,500 shares at a price of $29.97 per share.

The purchase by Aldrich was his first since acquiring 2,000 shares for $9.49 per share in July 2014. Overall, Aldrich owns 1,408,608 shares either directly or indirectly.

Aldrich's buy comes after a sharp sell-off in OvaScience shares following an industry conference at the end of March.

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As shares have fallen, industry analysts have defended shares in the company by reiterating their buy recommendations and blaming the sell-off on investors misinterpreting data that was generally encouraging for the company's in-vitro enhancing solution, Augment.

The Augment solution uses mitochondria from precursor eggs taken from a patient's own ovarian lining to improve egg health, rather than relying on mitochondria from donor eggs.

Last year, OvaScience began offering Augment at various international centers as part of a trial run, and the company is rolling Augment out commercially at those centers this year. The company is also developing additional in-vitro solutions including OvaPrime to boost women's egg reserves and OvaTure, an IVF solution that aims to reduce or remove the need of hormone injections.

Now What: OvaScience is attempting to tap into a growing market for in-vitro fertilization by improving in-vitro success rates. The in vitro market is an attractive commercial market; however, OvaScience is still in the early stages of commercialization, with no material revenue. As a result, OvaScience is a high risk company best suited for speculative investors.

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