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Huge Growth Delivered in Very Small Packages: SeeThruEquity's Ajay Tandon and Brandon Primack
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (10/30/14)
Institutional investors are, by and large, unable to own shares in companies with market valuations of less than $100 million, which means most sellside analysts don't write research on very small companies. The paradox: The micro-cap space is where investors can find the tenbaggers. That disconnect and its attendant irony are not lost on SeeThruEquity's Ajay Tandon and Brandon Primack. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Tandon and Primack discuss four companies nurturing seeds of dramatic growth that could materialize in the wake of upcoming catalysts. More >


The Game-Changing Potential of DNA Vaccines: Inovio's Dr. Joseph Kim
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (10/29/14)
Since Edward Jenner's development of the smallpox vaccine in the late 1790s, humankind has enjoyed the benefit of immunization, which has saved many millions of lives. Today, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (INO:NYSE.MKT) is in the forefront of developing DNA vaccines, inserting engineered genes into cellular machinery to synthesize proteins that, in turn, generate antibodies that fight disease. An additional benefit is a powerful T-cell response, which harnesses the patient's own capacity to fight infections and cancers. If pivotal studies read out favorably, DNA immunization could prove a true game changer in healthcare. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Inovio President and CEO J. Joseph Kim discusses his company's platform technology, which addresses both therapeutic and preventive methods of fighting disease. More >


R. Lee Buckler

Japan Gives a Hug to the Cell Therapy Industry: R. Lee Buckler
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (10/22/14)
Last year, Japan rolled out the red carpet for cell therapy developers with new legislation designed to expedite development of regenerative medicine solutions for all manner of disease. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, former regenerative medicine consultant R. Lee Buckler, now a vice president with RepliCel Life Sciences Inc., puts his consultant's hat back on to talk about Japan's hospitable stance on proposed cell therapies. He provides an update on the meaning of the new law and discusses a small cohort of companies poised to reap the advantages. More >


Follow the Baby Boom to Profits: Agility Health's Steven Davidson
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (10/21/14)
In recent years, entrepreneurial therapists have comprised the fast-growing sector in outpatient physical therapy. But companies like Agility Health are beginning to seize acquisition opportunities and market share in this growing sector. Steven Davidson, CEO of Agility Health Inc., tells The Life Sciences Report how his company is innovating in the physical therapy space, improving patient care and clients' bottom lines through its management expertise and proprietary software, AgileRPM. With baby boomers aging and the Affordable Care Act increasing access to services, physical therapy just might be the safe haven sector to shield your portfolio from macroeconomic uncertainty. More >


Pooya Hemami

How to Bargain Hunt for Hot Biotechs: Edison's Pooya Hemami
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (10/15/14)
Every business day, Edison Investment Research Analyst Pooya Hemami scours the global markets for life science companies with upside flowing through their product pipelines. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Dr. Hemami tells us where to look for biotech bargains, including a few top-fliers and a handful of companies that have experienced temporary setbacks but are poised for blue sky. More >


Keith Markey

Griffin Securities' Keith Markey on the Promise of RNAi and Synthetic Biology
Source: Michael Goodman of The Life Sciences Report  (10/9/14)
Griffin Securities has assembled a biotech portfolio weighted toward companies pursuing high-science therapeutic approaches. However, as analyst Keith Markey explains, through a combination of pipeline diversification, positive clinical data, and low-cost research and development strategies, many companies are able to mitigate the risk inherent in their technologies. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Markey discusses near-term catalysts for some of the names he follows. More >


Scott Power

A Tour of Australian Biotechs with Morgans’ Scott Power
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (10/2/14)
Australia is a powerhouse for medical science innovations, and nobody understands that better than Scott Power of Morgans Financial Ltd. Power watched the weaker Australian firms go the way of the dodo bird during the downturn in the biotech sector earlier this year, leaving only the fittest for investors to choose from. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, he identifies a promising selection of survivors—biotechs with the power to rejuvenate an evolving portfolio. More >


Anita Dushyanth

Three Biotech Investment Ideas that Disrupt and Diversify: Anita Dushyanth
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (9/25/14)
Good management. Promising therapies in the pipeline. Marketed products that bolster the bottom line. Investors crave these bread-and-butter qualities in small-cap biotech and medtech companies. Anita Dushyanth of Zacks Investment Research relies on the staples, but also looks for something special, something that disrupts. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Dushyanth describes several small companies that have spiced up their offerings. More >


Hugh Cleland Stephen Ireland

Roadmap Capital's Hugh Cleland and Stephen Ireland: Due Diligence Rules in Biotech Investment
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (9/17/14)
Excellent diligence doesn't always mean you'll be saved from a nasty surprise. The nature of investing in biotech means assuming the risk that a therapeutic development program may fail. Roadmap Capital's Hugh Cleland and Stephen Ireland employ their combined financial expertise and biotech savvy to mitigate that risk. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Cleland and Ireland share ideas on how investors might approach potential biotech investments without engaging a team of analysts. They also bring three potential high-return stocks to investors' attention, as well as one private name they anticipate will come to the public market soon. More >


Vernon Bernardino

Biotechs with Upside Possibilities Target Ebola and Liver Disease: MLV & Co.'s Vernon Bernardino
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (9/10/14)
Everybody knows that biotech ideas can become huge gainers for investors, but understanding the technology platforms, the unmet needs and the valuations can be daunting, especially in spaces where a number of players are developing products. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Vernon Bernardino of MLV & Co. brings some clarity and perspective to investors who could reap windfalls from small-cap names in which shareholder value has yet to be created and realized.
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Steve Brozak

Steve Brozak: Big-Picture Biotech Stocks Rule the Future
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (9/4/14)
When Steve Brozak performs diligence on biotech stocks, he's always looking for an angle. Brozak, president and managing director at WBB Securities, wants to see how new technology platforms and novel ideas fit into tomorrow's healthcare system, which he believes will be unsustainable without therapies that work more efficiently and hold promise as true disease-modifying agents. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Brozak brings eight names to investors' attention. Given time, each holds the potential to be a huge gainer. More >


Matthijs Smith

Six Innovative Australian Opportunities from Canaccord's Matthijs Smith
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (8/28/14)
Canaccord Genuity's man on the beat in Australia delivers the insider scoop on how biotechs Down Under are faring in the markets. Matthijs Smith reveals a world of great firms, new products and competitive buys in this interview with the The Life Sciences Report. His enthusiasm for his work—spotting opportunities that help people cope with illness and injury—is contagious, and could bring renewed vigor to investors' portfolios. More >


Yale Jen

Laidlaw's Yale Jen: Biotech 101 for Buyers and Sellers
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (8/28/14)
Former biotech consultant Yale Jen picked up a few tricks advising companies on their pipelines before he came to Wall Street as a sellside analyst. These days Jen, managing director and senior biotechnology analyst at Laidlaw & Co., advises institutional investors to own stocks with stories that are not yet well understood by the market. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Jen offers investors a handful of names for consideration, each of which has an exceptional value proposition and exciting growth prospects. More >


Jim Collins

Jim Collins: Five Names to Love from the LD Micro Conference
Source: Streetwise Reports' Special Situations Staff  (8/20/14)
The conference circuit can be a brutal one, with scores of companies vying for investor attention, but some vendor halls hold more opportunities than others. In this interview with Streetwise Reports' Special Situations, Jim Collins, author of The Portfolio Guru, shares his finds from the productive LD Micro Conference, an event he describes as a "micro-cap love-in." He details a quintet of investing opportunities, from areas as varied as deep-sea exploration support services, Wi-Fi energy delivery and drinks for kids. More >


William Plovanic

Medtech Shifts from High Gear into Overdrive: Canaccord’s William Plovanic
Source: Dan Levy of The Life Sciences Report  (8/19/14)
Rapid growth in the medical device industry and changes in the regulatory environment have propelled valuations in the medtech sector to the high end of the range. But new technologies create new investment opportunities. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, William Plovanic of Canaccord Genuity highlights investment opportunities in medtech companies with innovative products targeting high-impact areas such as obesity, diabetes and wound care. More >


Wedbush Securities' Liana Moussatos on the Art and Science of Picking Biotechs with Upside
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (8/18/14)
pillsben82Liana Moussatos of Wedbush Securities doesn't wait for the catalyst to strike. She, like other successful investors, picks her targets and takes profits earlier, while less sophisticated investors wait for the press releases. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Moussatos describes a group of biotech stocks rich with upcoming catalysts, and invites investors to sample what she expects will be exceptional profits. More >


Ram Selvaraju

Bring On the Orphans: Aegis Capital's Raghuram Selvaraju Lays Out a Winning Biotech Strategy
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (8/14/14)
For former drug researcher Raghuram "Ram" Selvaraju, picking biotech stocks is both science and art. It's about understanding the competitive landscape and the mechanisms of drug action, and then making sure all the pieces fit together for a plausible investment case. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, the managing director and head of healthcare equity research at Aegis Capital lays out his growth hypothesis for companies—several targeting orphan diseases—that he believes will nurture portfolios. More >


Taking Stock of the New Normal: Mark Landy on New Growth Ideas for Biotech Investors
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (8/7/14)
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Medical technology is intimately linked to regenerative medicine. You could say these industries have a thunder-and-lightning relationship—you can't have one without the other. Mark Landy, director of research for medical technology and regenerative medicine at Summer Street Research Partners, has staked out the intertwined sectors as his universe of coverage. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Landy discusses three companies with very distinct capabilities that could bring extraordinary rewards to investors who understand the value propositions. More >


Christopher James

Christopher James Turns a Clinical Eye on Biotechs with High Reward Potential
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (7/31/14)
A biotech analyst could play it safe, and stick with mid-, late- and commercial-stage companies that offer higher odds and decent returns on good news. Christopher James, on the other hand, recommends that investors willing to diversify their holdings and take on informed risk hold a short list of companies with huge potential. James, a senior analyst and managing director at Brinson Patrick Securities, is a neurosurgeon by training, and examines new platforms and proposed therapies with a clinician's eye. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, James turns that eye on three names with dramatic, paradigm-changing technology platforms that could energize portfolios. More >


ROTH Capital's Debjit Chattopadhyay: Marriage of Diagnostics to New Therapies Breeds Biotech Winners
Source: Dan Levy of The Life Sciences Report  (7/24/14)
pillsblack82Aging baby boomers face increased cancer risk, and growing numbers of obese and overweight Americans face metabolic disorders that could lead to cardiovascular disease. Debjit Chattopadhyay of ROTH Capital Partners recommends that biotech investors consider these trends when looking at portfolio options in the healthcare sector. A medical researcher turned biotech analyst, Chattopadhyay highlights several companies with unique diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in this interview with The Life Sciences Report. More >


Alan Leong

Tempering Insane Optimism with Due Diligence: Alan Leong on Niche Biotech Prospects
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (7/17/14)
Alan Leong has chosen to look for investments positioned in less obvious alcoves of the market. Interestingly, this concept could be a competitive advantage for retail investors. His niche markets include orphan, metabolic and animal companion medicine, as well as some less obvious indications for regenerative medicine. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, the CEO of biotech analysis company BioWatch News cites four unconventional biotech and specialty pharma names positioned to generate significant returns for investors. More >


Erez Raphael

Dial In on Diabetes Solutions with LabStyle Innovations Corp.'s Dario
Source: Tracy Salcedo-Chourré of The Life Sciences Report  (7/17/14)
Having a chronic disease like diabetes engenders a sense of isolation that hasn't been adequately addressed by technology until now. With Dario, LabStyle Innovations Corp. has created a device that not only provides vital medical information to a diabetic patient in real time, but also connects that patient to a community of care providers, family and online resources. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, LabStyle President and CEO Erez Raphael describes how the Dario software platform could provide sufferers of other chronic diseases with the benefits of real-time data and community as well. More >


Reni Benjamin

Turnaround Stories Lead Reni Benjamin's Biotech Front-Runners
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (7/10/14)
The biotech bull market is not over. That's the judgment of Reni Benjamin of H.C. Wainwright & Co., who predicts high quality data from a broad range of small- and mid-cap biotechs will move shares higher during the summer and especially in the fall. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Benjamin showcases names with powerful platforms and market winds to their backs, which he believes could vigorously multiply investor capital over the next 12–18 months. More >


Charles Duncan

Piper Jaffray's Charles Duncan Addresses Pot Shots
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (6/26/14)
Early-stage biotech is a risky investment, but some bets are safer than others. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. is doing high-stakes experimental work in both preventive and therapeutic medicine, addressing HIV, cancers and pre-cancers. The company's lead clinical program is in Phase 2 and a data readout is imminent, which has made the stock both volatile and an easy target for critics. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Senior Biotechnology Analyst and Managing Director Charles Duncan of Piper Jaffray & Co. addresses some of the criticisms that overhang the stock. More >


John McCamant

Fire Up the Immuno-Oncology Powerhouses: John McCamant
Source: Editors, The Life Sciences Report  (6/19/14)
Forecasting when we'll have a cure for cancer remains beyond the predictive powers of researchers and investors. But forecasting the focus of the latest American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting was in the cards: Immuno-oncology took center stage. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Medical Technology Stock Newsletter editor John McCamant describes the excitement surrounding this rapidly evolving sector, and names big pharma and small biotech players conjuring potential game-changers. More >


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