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Jason Napodano currently works for Zacks Investment Research as the company's senior biotechnology analyst. In 2009, Napodano was promoted to managing director of research for Zacks' Small-Cap Research division, which focuses on writing high-quality institutional research on underfollowed or undervalued small-cap stocks. Prior to his tenure at Zacks, Napodano spent three years on the buyside with Eastover Capital in Charlotte, N.C., where he focused on large-cap equities and specialized in healthcare, energy and technology. Prior to joining Eastover, Napodano worked as a research scientist for TechLab Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing diagnostic kits and vaccines for infectious diseases. He also spent a year working in a lab at the Fralin Biotechnology Center, and a year working for a cancer researcher in Virginia. Napodano has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, with an additional bachelor's degree in chemistry and a minor in math. He has a master's degree in business administration and finance, with a concentration in securities analysis, from Wake Forest University. Napodano is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Off to the Races with Seven Extraordinary Biotech and Medtech Companies: Jason Napodano (8/1/13) Senior Biotechnology Analyst Jason Napodano of Zacks Investment Research specializes in uncovering small biotech and medtech companies with good prospects for successful drug development. He relishes proven management capable of creative financing to move private equity into the public markets, and he does not shy away from tiny companies outside the U.S. that have extraordinary technology. In this wide-ranging interview with The Life Sciences Report, Napodano presents the elegant growth stories of seven small companies that could return magnificent gains to investors.
Zacks Analyst Jason Napodano's Six Biotech Picks Will Keep Your Profits on Solid Ground (12/13/12) Low valuation in biotech can be like quicksand under a mirage of low-hanging fruit. That's because the market is inhabited by growth investors who think cheap stocks are cheap for a reason. Zacks Investment Research Senior Biotechnology Analyst Jason Napodano operates with this in mind as he evaluates biotech companies. He also understands that while value can be a good friend, an investor's best buddy is momentum powered by vital market-moving events. Napodano shares his best stock ideas in this Life Sciences Report interview.
"A rapid and economical test like AMBS' LymPro could be used to improve Alzheimer's patient enrollment for future clinical trials." (8/6/14) Amarantus BioScience Holdings Inc. - Jason Napodano, Seeking Alpha More >
"AVH's ReCell product is fantastic because all that is needed is skin from a donor site about the size of a postage stamp." (8/1/13) Avita Medical Ltd. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Jason Napodano More >
"We are initiating coverage of CTH with a Buy rating; we believe its focus on developing a sublingual form of the Parkinson's drug apomorphine offers significant upside potential." (6/3/13) Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. - Jason Napodano, Zacks Small-Cap Research More >
"If all goes well, CUR's NSI-189 product will move into Phase 2 development in Q2/15, so that is a good advancement opportunity." (1/22/15) Neuralstem Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Edward Stopke More >
"ATHX completed enrollment in its Phase 2 stroke study before the new year, so the first 90-day results will emerge in Q1/15E." (1/22/15) Athersys Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Edward Stopke More >
"The research synergy with Gilead and Merck could prove fruitful for RNN in terms of acquisition potential." (1/22/15) Rexahn Pharmaceuticals Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Edward Stopke More >
"The vote of confidence CTH has received from The Michael J. Fox Foundation is very advantageous." (1/8/15) Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Daniel Pearlstein More >
"The new year holds a great deal of promise for the field of regenerative medicine, with companies like NEO at the forefront." (12/30/14) NeoStem Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Steve Brozak More >