Streetwise Interviews

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 >


Brian  Bloom

Stunning Potential for Upside in Canadian Biotech: Brian Bloom
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (6/12/14)
You may not have thought to look northward for biotech innovators, but Bloom Burton & Co. cofounder and President Brian Bloom can show you some truly hot Canadian companies with compelling skill sets and pipelines. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Bloom talks about his firm's upcoming conference and presents a detailed picture of four very interesting companies that could return doubles, triples or more. More >


Joseph  Pantginis

Shortage of R&D at Big Pharma Creates Demand for Small Biotech: Joseph Pantginis
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (6/5/14)
The recent pullback in biotech shares has not changed the time-tested theory of investing in small-cap drug development companies. Good or bad data will continue to move shares. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, ROTH Capital Partners' Senior Research Analyst Joseph Pantginis presents five biotech names with varying timeframes for market-moving data that could provide huge upside for investors willing to do some homework and understand the growth proposition. More >


Jason Kolbert

Focus on Catalysts to Cash In on Biotech: Jason Kolbert
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (6/4/14)
When progress is made in drug development, value is created. Investors recognize that progress by purchasing shares in companies when milestones—which act as catalysts—are met. The Maxim Group's Senior Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Jason Kolbert lives by catalysts, and urges his investor clientele to understand there is no other reason to buy a stock except in anticipation of new information that creates value. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kolbert discusses six names that have immense regenerative power for portfolios. More >


Stephen Dunn

ASCO Abuzz About Immunotherapies: A Preview of the Latest in Cancer Therapy from Stephen Dunn
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (5/28/14)
Working in what is arguably the hottest sector in the drug development industry, biotech researchers continue to ferret out cancer's secrets. The premier event for those in the field is the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, taking place in Chicago from May 30 to June 1. Participants have submitted abstracts for promising therapies in advance of the conference, profiling new compounds that could lead to better outcomes for patients and bolster the health of investment portfolios. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, LifeTech Capital's Stephen Dunn walks us through some of the highlights. More >


James West

Turn Solid Gold into Biotech Gold with James West
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (5/28/14)
The globe-trotting editor and publisher of The Midas Letter has decided to give his metal investments a breather, looking for new prospects in the life sciences space. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, James West points to low-hanging biofruit ripe for the picking. More >


Robert  Hariri

Harnessing the Power of Nature's Perfect Cells: Robert J. Hariri
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (5/22/14)
Neurosurgeon and serial entrepreneur Robert J. Hariri, founder, chairman and chief science officer at Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, describes how his businesses address some of the great unmet needs in medicine in this interview with The Life Sciences Report. Hariri also discusses the special nature and advantages of placenta-derived stem cells, and an elegant solution to the scourge of muscle wasting in late-stage disease and advancing age that could apply to treatment of cardiovascular disease in the future. More >


Rohit Vanjani

The Naysayers Are Wrong: Rohit Vanjani on How You Can Make Money with Generics and Diagnostics
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (5/22/14)
The concept that generic and specialty pharmaceutical drugs cannot command pricing power and growth is a misunderstanding, according to Director and Senior Analyst Rohit Vanjani of Oppenheimer and Co. Diagnostics also offer upside to investors: In fact, some recent returns disprove misconceptions in a spectacular fashion. The secret to making excellent margins in generics is to find markets where a vacuum has been created and product safety can be assured. The trick with diagnostics is to offer new tests that save steps, increase accuracy and reduce the burden on payers. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Vanjani discusses three names that fit the bill for investors seeking powerful growth in not-so-obvious sectors. More >


Christopher James

Think Like a Brain Surgeon: Dr. Christopher James Offers Fresh Perspectives on Six Exciting Biotechs
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (5/15/14)
New perspectives on well-followed biotech stocks are greatly appreciated. That's what we get here from Managing Director and Senior Biotechnology Analyst Christopher S. James M.D. of Brinson Patrick Securities. Something else that's treasured is discovering a brand-new biotech stock that no other analyst is covering. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, James ushers readers to the head of the line to look at a new and exciting name with an extraordinary technology and phenomenal prospects for growth. More >


Geoff Meacham

J.P.Morgan's Geoff Meacham Plucks Biotechs with Upside from a Down Market
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (5/15/14)
A downtrending market is troublesome for investors, but does present interesting opportunities through creation of lower valuations. Finding the right names in the wobbly life sciences environment requires a sharp eye and depth of experience. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, J.P.Morgan Senior Biotechnology Analyst and Managing Director Geoff Meacham, a veteran analyst and cell biologist, brings eight important names to investors' attention and explains why they are still growth stories. More >


Patrick Cox

Live Longer, Get Richer with Patrick Cox
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (5/8/14)
It's what every biotech investor dreams of: transformational advances in healthcare technologies that allow us to live for centuries and accumulate wealth exponentially. Patrick Cox, editor of the Transformational Technology Alert, is doing his part to make the dream reality. In this interview, Cox tells The Life Sciences Report about two companies with proprietary intellectual property in DNA-based therapeutics and regenerative medicine that could change the world. More >


Brandon Primack Ajay Tandon

X-Ray Vision or Due Diligence? How SeeThruEquity Analysts Find Hidden Small-Cap Biotech Plays
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (5/1/14)
SeeThruEquity stays an arm's length away from the small biotech firms it analyzes for investors, but gets intimate enough to discover firms that hold promise. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, senior analyst Brandon Primack and the firm's CEO, Ajay Tandon, explain why they find this handful of small biotechs intriguing. More >


Sanjiv S.  Agarwala, MD

New Melanoma Therapies Are Ready for Prime Time: Sanjiv Agarwala
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/29/14)
Melanoma confronts patients and their physicians with unique barriers to treatment and successful outcomes. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Dr. Sanjiv Agarwala, chief of medical oncology and hematology at St. Luke's University Hospital, illuminates some of the new paradigms being developed in the treatment of this deadly skin cancer. Along the way, he spotlights interesting companies working in the field. More >


Charles Duncan

Charles Duncan: 2014 Is for Careful Stock Pickers, Not Dart Throwers
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/24/14)
Veteran Senior Biotechnology Analyst Charles Duncan of Piper Jaffray & Co. sees platform companies as the perfect way to play a consolidating market. We've had a big run in biotech, and Duncan believes now is the time to identify, through careful diligence, companies that can advance in a more temperate market. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Duncan discusses five biotech and specialty pharma innovators poised to produce therapies enabled by versatile and scalable technology platforms that target multiple disease indications. More >


Raghuram Selvaraju

Do the Math: Ram Selvaraju on the Appeal of Biotechs in Orphan Diseases
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/22/14)
To cast a spotlight on disruptive biotechnology stocks, Raghuram "Ram" Selvaraju of Aegis Capital Corp. taps his experience as a molecular biologist, preclinical investigator and sellside analyst. In this, the last of his three interviews with The Life Sciences Report, Selvaraju highlights micro-, small- and mid-cap biotech names with therapies that may add years to patients' lives and liftoff to investor portfolios. More >


Scott Power

Four Hidden Australian Life Sciences Growth Stocks Revealed: Scott Power
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/17/14)
To find undiscovered stories, investors must venture into unfamiliar territory. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, we go halfway around the world to speak with Scott Power of Morgans Financial Ltd. about companies under coverage in Australia. Power helps investors get comfortable with the idea of putting money into newfound names, and unveils four strong ideas that could invigorate adventuresome portfolios and investors hungering for excitement. More >


Grant Zeng

Build Biotech Wealth on Solid Platforms: Grant Zeng
Source: Peter Byrne and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré of The Life Sciences Report  (4/17/14)
Potential. That's what every investor is looking for in a biotech investment. Grant Zeng of Zacks Small-Cap Research zeroes in on three primary factors when he looks at whether a particular company has the potential to succeed in the fast-moving life sciences industry. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Zeng dissects his process and names 10 companies that have survived his exacting examination. More >


Keith Markey

Don't Miss the Boat on Big Biotech Catalysts: Keith Markey
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (4/10/14)
Keith Markey, veteran analyst and science director of Griffin Securities, tells us the 2014 pipeline calendar positively glows with important milestones that could ignite portfolios. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Markey talks about four powerful biotech names with exciting early- to late-stage development projects, and one medical device and supply company with serious growth potential. Be warned—huge catalysts are on the horizon that investors won't want to miss. More >


Hang On, Folks—It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride: 2014 Biotech Watchlist Update
Source: Tracy Salcedo-Chourré of The Life Sciences Report  (4/10/14)
stethbillfold8214Biotech stocks sailed into 2014 backed by a favorable wind, but springtime has stymied the sector in confused seas. Companies on The Life Sciences Report's 2014 Biotech Watchlist have hit the doldrums along with the rest, as faithful followers of the portfolio are doubtless aware. But sector analysts defend the general robustness of the life sciences market as a whole. In this Biotech Watchlist update, we bring you the thoughts of two analysts on the recent market turbulence, and offer brief recaps of Watchlist companies' fortunes year to date. More >


Ran Nussbaum

Venture Capitalist Ran Nussbaum Brings Big Finance to Little Biotechs
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report   (4/3/14)
Biotech companies don't come into the world fully formed. Like most fledglings, they need guidance to grow, prosper and eventually thrive in public markets. Venture capitalist Ran Nussbaum of the Pontifax Group nurtures tiny biotech and medtech startups, finding capital for their growth and maturation. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Nussbaum discusses exciting private equity holdings that are close to going public, and makes a case for one public company he knows quite well. More >


David Lowe

From Lab Bench to Bedside: David Lowe Brings Common Sense to Neuroscience Investing
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (3/26/14)
Billions of dollars have been spent chasing molecular targets in neurological diseases that now appear to be worthless. Effective therapies remain rare. But the market is enormous—and low risk—if a company can get a truly workable solution to patients. Consultant and neuroscientist David Lowe, president and CEO of NeuroAssets, helps biotech firms identify targets and find innovative ways to rapidly move drugs into the clinic. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Lowe describes one company with exciting preclinical and clinical-stage assets, and advances two more names worthy of investor attention. More >


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