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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 >


George Zavoico

Shining a Light on Overlooked and Underfollowed Biotechs: George Zavoico
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (3/6/14)
Prospecting for hidden biotech gems makes sense, says H.C. Wainwright & Co. Managing Director George Zavoico, who recently joined the firm's healthcare equity research team. The digging can be hard, but the rewards of successful diligence are huge. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Zavoico takes readers on a discovery tour that follows clinical trial data to new ideas that could bring windfalls to portfolios down the road. More >


Ben Haynor

Better, Faster, Cheaper—You Can Have All Three in Medtech: Ben Haynor
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (3/5/14)
Given that medical technology is an easy target for payers looking to cut reimbursements, it's important for investors to find device and diagnostic companies with the greatest efficiencies. Accuracy, speed and economy command a premium multiple because these features ultimately relieve pressure on margins, improve quality and reduce patient risk and institutional liability. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Senior Research Analyst Ben Haynor of Feltl & Co. shares his top two medtech names, which he expects will achieve outsized gains this year. He also delivers a couple of bonus names that investors could parlay into a profitable small- and micro-cap portfolio. More >


Evaluate Biotech Stocks with Cynicism: Debjit Chattopadhyay
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (2/27/14)
brainandnumbers82Biotech investing is a risky business, so investors should thoroughly examine a company's vital statistics before taking the plunge. That's the recommendation of Managing Director Debjit Chattopadhyay of Emerging Growth Equities, who brings a strict scientific discipline to stock analysis. As a former medical researcher, Chattopadhyay comes by his skepticism honestly, and in this interview with The Life Sciences Report, he brings five exciting—but critically scrutinized—growth names to investors' attention. More >


Bryan Brokmeier

Bryan Brokmeier Remains Bullish on Life Sciences Tools and Diagnostics Companies
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (2/27/14)
This will be a great year for life sciences tools and diagnostics companies, says Bryan Brokmeier of Maxim Group. And no, growth won't be driven by irrational exuberance, the senior analyst explains in this interview with The Life Sciences Report. Instead, the industry is bolstered by powerful tailwinds fanning new demand for molecular diagnostics, and by the clamoring of academia, pharmas and biotechs for specialized assay platforms. As Brokmeier lays out his sector growth theory, he also highlights a group of stocks with value drivers that could power a portfolio with biotechlike growth potential. More >


Chen Lin

Chen Lin's Perfect Biotech Market Prescription: Buy Low, Sell High!
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (2/20/14)
Charming and smart, Chen Lin makes a lot of money by jumping in and out of the highly volatile biotech market while obeying a set of simple rules, which he reveals in this interview with The Life Sciences Report. Applying his strong science background, Lin zeros in on biotech firms with solid products. The trick is in having the guts to buy low and sell high, against the market tide, says the editor of the widely respected newsletter, What is Chen Buying? What is Chen Selling? Lin also brings us up to date on his favorite picks. More >


Steve Brozak

Do Away with the Pill-A-Day Biotech Model: Steve Brozak
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (2/6/14)
The U.S. healthcare system is untenable, says Steve Brozak, president of WBB Securities. The solution-oriented Brozak is on the hunt for biotech and medical device companies that fit a new paradigm, in which budgets are restrained and companies generate curative therapies for unmet needs. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Brozak takes aim at a broken system and lists ten problem-solving companies that can adapt to the changes he believes must take place for healthcare to be profitable and productive. A bonus: These companies can also add vigor to investment portfolios. More >


The Last Word: Place Your Biotech Bets on Solid Management and Hot Therapy Areas
Source: Tracy Salcedo-Chourré of The Life Sciences Report  (1/23/14)
pillbill82Who got the last word at the 2014 Biotech Showcase? A portfolio manager specializing in healthcare, an award-winning analyst, and a pair of venture capitalists with global viewpoints and a focus on clinical-stage companies. In the closing event of the showcase, cohosted by The Life Sciences Report, this panel of experts offered insights into trends that will influence the biotech universe in 2014. More >


Biotech Watchlist 2014: Sound Science, Innovative Ideas and a Sprinkle of Pixie Dust
Source: Tracy Salcedo-Chourré of The Life Sciences Report  (1/15/14)
stethbillfold82142013 was a banner year for the life sciences sector, with biotech, pharmaceutical and medtech companies buoyed by advances in therapeutic techniques, a friendly regulatory environment, lucrative partnerships and the overall market upswing. The 2013 Biotech Watchlist, which was released at the Biotech Showcase in San Francisco, reflected this robustness, boasting a year-to-date return that blew past those posted by the major indices. Credit the basket of stocks picked by industry experts, weighted heavily with winners. Can our panel of experts pick another winning portfolio in 2014? Find out which companies they've chosen for the 2014 Watchlist in this exclusive from The Life Sciences Report
and Sagient Research. More >


Ram Selvaraju

Not Your Father's Diagnostics: Ram Selvaraju on How Molecular Genomics Invigorate the Sector
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report.  (12/5/13)
An old investment principle says the equity upside of diagnostics and tools companies can't hold a candle to that of small biotech drug developers. Raghuram "Ram" Selvaraju, managing director and head of equity healthcare research at Aegis Capital, begs to differ. His research has uncovered small- and micro-cap companies developing sophisticated platforms in the molecular diagnostics space that are destined for significant revenue growth and profits. In his first of three interviews with The Life Sciences Report, Selvaraju lays out a handful of names with powerful technologies on the cusp of investor acceptance as huge growth plays. More >


Michael Hay Jocelyn August

Eight Catalyst-Driven Biotechs Ready to Advance: Michael Hay and Jocelyn August
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report   (11/26/13)
Investors are attracted to small- and micro-cap biotech stocks because their life cycles are filled with share-moving milestones. Michael Hay and Jocelyn August of Sagient Research handicap those milestones and calculate the probabilities that drugs in development will be approved and successful in the marketplace. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Hay and August set a table investors can be thankful for, naming companies with upcoming catalysts and real potential for upside. More >


2013 Biotech Watchlist Update: Companies Climb and Crumble on Catalysts
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report   (10/31/13)
stethobillfold1The Life Sciences Report's Biotech Watchlist, introduced in January 2013, is composed of 17 companies that industry analysts felt showed promise for the coming year—companies with productive pipelines, good management and stock-moving catalysts on the horizon. The new year presented legitimate prospects for portfolio growth and, indeed, that has been the case. In this update, we summarize the current status of Watchlist companies and introduce our Portfolio Tracker, showing the status of each company in real time. More >


Zack  Lynch

A Compulsion for Brain Science: Zack Lynch
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (10/17/13)
Roughly a third of the world's population feels the burden of some type of brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve disease: dementia, depression, compulsion, infection, trauma. Understanding the need for investment, awareness and public policy advocacy in finding solutions for these afflictions, Zack Lynch founded the Neurotechnology Industry Organization in 2006, and serves as its executive director. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Lynch makes a bullish case for a growing industry and discusses how he proposes to increase funding for neuroscience from both private and public sources, thereby increasing options for patients and opportunities for investors. More >


Casey Lynch

Digging Below the Surface of Neurotechnology: Casey Lynch
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (9/5/13)
Neuroscience is about as complex as it gets. The central nervous system contains the brain and spinal cord, where hundreds of billions of neurons are located—and that doesn't include the peripheral nervous system. Casey Lynch, managing director of NeuroInsights, works to make sense of both the disease processes affecting the nervous system and potential therapies that could help patients and enrich investors. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Lynch brings some clarity to the complexity, and speaks frankly about the wild goose that some Alzheimer's disease investigators have been chasing. More >


Jim Letourneau

Adventures in the Biotech Trade with Jim Letourneau
Source: Peter Byrne of The Life Sciences Report  (8/15/13)
Jim Letourneau, publisher of Big Picture Speculator, shares tales of strange biotechnologies worth buying into—such as cures for high dental bills and dog breath—in this interview with The Life Sciences Report. Letourneau likes to invest in biotech firms because their stock values are less volatile than commodity-based companies, which are chained to uncontrollable price fluctuations. You are advised to hold onto your brain (quite literally), while Letourneau describes a few curious—and potentially profitable—biotech investment adventures. More >


George Zavoico

Still Time to Catch Big Growth in Biotech: George Zavoico
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (8/15/13)
Biotech has had a scorching run for more than a year and a half, but as broader markets approach more realistic valuations with less potential upside, it becomes even more important to be invested in the right companies with truly meaningful catalysts on the horizon. George Zavoico of MLV & Co. knows how to pick winners from the field, and offers up solid ideas with visible growth drivers in this interview with The Life Sciences Report. Your inner gambler should take note: A beaten-down micro- or small-cap company might, with a bit of luck, bring home the gold. More >


Brian Marckx

Eight Small-Cap Medtechs with Big Prospects: Brian Marckx
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (8/7/13)
Small-cap medical technology has long been regarded as the ugly duckling of biotech. . .but think again. Brian Marckx of Zacks Small-Cap Research believes that the real gems of the medtech space complement—and can even outshine—sexier drug and surgical therapies. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Marckx makes a strong case for eight small- and micro-cap names that could bring home huge returns for investors. More >


Alan Brochstein

How to Play the Invest-for-Tomorrow Game in Medtech: Alan Brochstein
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (6/6/13)
Alan Brochstein of AB Analytical Services blogs, publishes and creates model portfolios for retail investors and consults with institutional investors. He leans heavily toward medical technology because he sees the industry's devices, instrumentation and molecular diagnostics as huge efficiency creators and money savers for hospitals. He never pulls the trigger on a stock unless it has adequate insider ownership and superb management—two ingredients that almost always lead to success. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Brochstein highlights several turnaround stories that he believes can create real shareholder value and make money for investors. More >


Mark Kessel

Solving the R&D Investment Dilemma with Project Funding: Mark Kessel
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (3/21/13)
Big pharma knows how to market products. But has it lost a step on the drug development side? Is there a better way to incentivize drug development and make money at it? Mark Kessel, co-founder and partner at private equity firm Symphony Capital LLC, has developed an investment technique that funds promising biotech companies without exposure to all the losses built into a startup model. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kessel talks about his method and how it has worked with specific biotech companies. More >


George Zavoico

10 Biotech Stocks Poised to Run: George Zavoico
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (3/7/13)
For the first time in ages, conditions for biotech investment are just right. The capital markets have loosened up, and institutional investors are ready to bid up share prices on stories that have both merit and looming catalysts. Sure, there's risk. . .but without it, there's no upside. In this Life Sciences Report interview, Senior Analyst and Managing Director George Zavoico of MLV & Co. identifies a group of biotech companies with market-moving events on their calendars. Sharpen your pencils: From cancer to coronary artery disease to vaccine technology, Zavoico names potential winners.
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The Life Sciences Report Watchlist 2013
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report   (1/31/13)
Which biotech companies will take off in 2013? To zero in on possible winners, The Life Sciences Report teamed up with Sagient Research to crunch the numbers for companies with potential catalysts on the calendar. The results were sent to experts who, based on their experience in the space, could determine which companies have the best chances for upward stock price movement. The result is the groundbreaking Life Sciences Report Watchlist 2013. In this exclusive article, you can follow the thought process that went into generating the short list, and learn more about the potential winners and what they are poised to accomplish in the next 12 months. More >


2012: A Healthy Year for the Life Sciences
Source: Editors of The Life Sciences Report  (12/27/12)
biotek1What is the value of innovation? Of addressing unmet needs? Of new and "disruptive" technologies? Those are just a few of the issues that industry experts tackled in interviews with The Life Sciences Report during 2012. Among the many therapeutic focuses discussed by analysts over the last year, orphan diseases and hepatitis C were identified early on as market "sweet spots." Oncology was another big hitter: From micro caps to big pharma, companies targeted the "emperor of all maladies" with innovative pharmaceuticals and genetic technologies. And analysts also uncovered the unexpected, including a pharmaceuticalized nutraceutical designed to reduce high cholesterol. More >


Kevin DeGeeter

Testing, Testing: Analyst Kevin DeGeeter on Five Good Bets in Cancer Diagnostics
Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (11/29/12)
Because margins in diagnostics and life sciences tools tend to decline over time, the industry is all about scale. The goal is either to develop novel products or tests with high profit potential, or to acquire them. Another strategy is to develop economies of scale through consolidation. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kevin DeGeeter, senior analyst and director of healthcare research for Ladenburg Thalmann, has singled out five important companies with exciting business models or products. More >


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