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Gil Van Bokkelen has been in the stem cell industry for more than a decade. In recent years, the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Athersys Inc. has stepped into regenerative medicine’s forefront, acting as a spokesman for the industry as well as demonstrating his love of science and passionately advocating for patients. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Van Bokkelen explores the past, present and future of the cell therapy and regenerative medicine industry, and outlines the investment possibilities in small companies on the sector's cutting edge.
Growth in the medical technology industry may have slowed, and governmental hurdles may make the forecast gloomy, but value plays await the investor who understands how innovation can drive company stock prices upward. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, William Plovanic, analyst and managing director with Canaccord Genuity, talks about his top names in medtech and why he believes investors need to take advantage of the slowdown now. He also ruminates on the potential effects of Obamacare's impending implementation.
"Fighting the flu is a big part of the roughly $30B vaccine industry. It's a battle that puts roughly 200,000 Americans in the hospital each year."
"Combining stem cell treatments with RNAi, the hottest technique in molecular biology, opens more possibilities and hopes than ever before of curing degenerative diseases."
When it comes to unearthing dynamic micro-cap biotech investment opportunities, Ram Selvaraju is a master. Selvaraju, managing director and head of healthcare equity research at Aegis Capital Corp., has selected nine names destined to attract investors willing to take calculated risks, which he shares in this interview with The Life Sciences Report. He also explains why he expects 2013 will be another good year for the biotech industry.
Big Growth Stories in Biotech (02/14/2013)
Bacteria are pure survivalists, and over billions of years they have evolved to produce ever-newer chemicals to protect themselves against other bugs. In the last 100 years they have begun to protect themselves against the antibiotics that humans have developed from those same bugs. But guess who's winning. In September 2012, the FDA said that more than 70% of the bacteria that produce hospital-associated infections (HAIs) are now resistant to at least one type of antibiotic—and in the year 2000 alone, almost 2 million (2M) cases of HAIs caused close to 99,000 deaths. Too bad the agency didn't give an updated number, because it's a certainty that things are not getting better. Unless a sustainable system is developed to counteract this tide, a catastrophe is just a matter of when, and not if. With not even a tiny bit of exaggeration, the appearance of a devastating superbug is a looming global crisis.
"'If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas,' Obama contended."
"The past several years have seen investment enthusiasm move away from the supposedly risk-reduced reformulation-of-an-existing/generic-drug model. Innovation—new mechanisms, new targets—are what's going to attract the interest and the money."
Eight Biotech Growth Names: Greg Wade (02/07/2013)
The driving principle behind successful biotech investment for Managing Director and Senior Analyst Greg Wade of Wedbush Securities is to find companies with clinical assets that are of value to patients and hence to the marketplace. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Wade offers compelling cases for eight important names that span the market cap gamut.
"If I am right, and stocks crash again in late 2014 or early 2015, I want to buy in the healthcare sector in the U.S. and Europe, especially the most leveraged areas: biotech, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. The baby boomers will continue spending on healthcare and healthcare products, even as budgets get crimped by entitlement reductions."
|"RGS' strategy is to partner its product opportunities for development and commercialization, allowing it to focus on early-stage product development."|
|"DRRX's data indicate that NASH patients had 10-30% greater drug exposure as compared to MCS, and DUR-928 was well tolerated overall."|
|"PMN has achieved a lot with very little, and its understanding of the mechanism of action of Alzheimer's is quite significant."|