March 17 Staar Surgical Co said an
independent advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration recommended marketing approval for its
implantable vision-correction lens, sending the company's shares
up 22 percent in premarket trade on Monday.
The company's Visian Toric implantable lens is placed in the
posterior chamber of the eye between the iris and the natural
crystalline lens to correct both myopia and astigmatism in a
Astigmatism, or blurry vision, is caused when the cornea is
oblong instead of being round. Myopia, or near-sightedness, is
caused when the cornea is too curved.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity said they expect regulatory
approval for the lens in the second half of 2014, adding that
"the positive FDA panel is the first of several important
milestones on the horizon for Staar."
They raised their rating on the stock to "buy" from "hold"
and the price target to $20 from $14.
"We have always viewed the Food and Drug Administration
panel as more of a wild card than the FDA, and we ultimately
expect the FDA to approve the device," Benchmark analyst Jan
Wald said, raising his price target on Staar's stock to $21 from
Staar's shares were up 20 percent at $18.55 before the bell.
They closed at $15.37 on the Nasdaq on Friday.
(Reporting by Shailesh Kuber; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)