TIME Magazine Showcases Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy ETF Now Trading

Noah Kiedrowski - INO.com Contributor - Biotech


Introduction

Immunotherapy has garnered national attention recently by being showcased on the front cover of Time magazine. Immunotherapy has been an emerging and exciting therapeutic area that has experienced massive growth in terms of research and development expenditures and the sheer number of clinical trials. Immunotherapy ushers in a new class of potentially promising therapies by harnessing the body’s immune system to recognize and eradicate debilitating diseases, specifically cancer and chronic viral infections. This immunotherapy approach may inevitably result in a paradigm shift from traditional medical intervention. Immunotherapy possesses holistic attributes by harnessing the body’s immune system to contend with or in some cases prevent disease. In addition to the holistic aspects, immunotherapy has been shown to have a favorable side effect profile and best-in-class efficacy across many different disease states. These therapies may provide powerful technology to contend with a host of diseases, and in a future state, may potentially serve as a preventative technology similar to a traditional vaccine. Immunotherapy has evolved into many different classifications with differing modalities over the past few years, which has given rise to a growing number small-cap biotechnology companies with potential investment opportunities via an immunotherapy ETF. In late 2015, Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF launched (NASDAQ:CNCR) and provides investors with an opportunity to invest in this unique cohort. Continue reading "TIME Magazine Showcases Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy ETF Now Trading"

Political Posturing Continues To Pummel Biotech

Noah Kiedrowski - INO.com Contributor - Biotech


As the political cycle matures in 2016, the political posturing continues to plague the entire healthcare cohort. Utilizing the biotech sector and drug pricing as a scapegoat for political gains has translated into the sector posting sharp declines over the past year. Using the iShares Biotechnology Index ETF (PACF:IBB) as a proxy for the biotechnology sector, this cohort has fallen from $401 in July of 2015 to $240 in February of 2016 or alternatively a 40% decline. This sharp decline coincided with heated political rhetoric aimed at the collective cohort of healthcare and more specifically biotech-related companies. This cynical sentiment by political frontrunners was largely rooted in the pricing of drugs. It’s noteworthy to highlight that this specific segment of the industry (i.e. drugs) comprises less than 10% of the total cost of healthcare. As candidate threats via legislative action geared towards reining in the costs of drugs unfolded, these actions negatively reverberated through healthcare and biotech stocks alike. The political posturing surrounding potential plans to reign in drug costs are now largely priced into many stocks within the healthcare umbrella. I contend that after the roughly year-long political sell-off the biotech cohort looks attractive at these levels. Once the political cycle is complete later this year, these stocks will likely benefit from the mere absence of political headwinds. Taken together along with the difficulty of enacting any legislative action to regulate the industry this may represent a buying opportunity that’s been presented by extraneous political events. Continue reading "Political Posturing Continues To Pummel Biotech"

Will Political Headwinds For Biotech Subside In 2016?

Noah Kiedrowski - INO.com Contributor - Biotech


As the political cycle unfolded throughout 2015, the entire healthcare cohort posted shape declines, this was particularly true for the biotechnology sector. Using the iShares Biotechnology Index ETF (ticker IBB) as a proxy for the biotechnology sector, this cohort fell from $401 in July to $284 in September or alternatively a 29% decline. This shape decline coincided with heated political rhetoric aimed at the collective cohort of healthcare and more specifically biotech related companies. This cynical sentiment by political frontrunners was largely rooted in the pricing of drugs. As candidate threats via legislative action geared towards reining in the costs of drugs unfolded, these actions negatively reverberated through healthcare and biotech stocks alike. The political posturing surrounding potential plans to reign in drug costs are now largely priced into many stocks within the healthcare umbrella. I contend that after the recent sell-off the biotech cohort looks attractive at these levels. Once the political cycle is complete in 2016, these stocks will likely benefit from the mere absence of political headwinds. Additionally, as the candidate pools thin out many remaining candidates gradually move towards the middle to appease a broader audience. Taken together along with the difficulty of enacting any legislative action to regulate the industry this may represent a buying opportunity that’s been presented by extraneous political events. Continue reading "Will Political Headwinds For Biotech Subside In 2016?"

3 Healthcare ETF's That Make A Complicated Industry A Lot Easier

Matt Thalman - INO.com Contributor - ETFs


With new light being shined on the healthcare industry due to the recent mega-deal between Pfizer (PFE) and Allergan (AGN), and Presidential candidates raising concerns about the prescription drug companies gouging prices, there has never been a better time to start considering an investment in the healthcare industry. Increased concerns about price gouging by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, has lowered the share prices of these stocks, giving you a better entry point than in the recent past.

While in the past you may have avoided the industry due to it's crowded and overly complicated companies, using Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) can help reduce single stock risk while spreading your money out over a more diverse group of stocks.

So let's take a look at 3 Healthcare ETF's that will help you limit your risk while still investing in the healthcare sector. Continue reading "3 Healthcare ETF's That Make A Complicated Industry A Lot Easier"

A New Immunotherapy ETF Has Launched

Noah Kiedrowski - INO.com Contributor - Biotech


Update

I previously wrote an article laying the groundwork for an exciting immunotherapy ETF launching in the second half of 2015, “A Niche ETF In The Potentially Promising Future Of Immunotherapy Is On The Horizon.” Loncar Investments has teamed up with an ETF firm and finally launched its immunotherapy ETF, Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF (ticker symbol: CNRC). I wanted to update readers on the latest information and launch of the ETF as many readers requested.

Introduction

Immunotherapy has emerged as an exciting therapeutic area that has experienced massive growth over the past few years in terms of research and development expenditures and a sheer number of clinical trials throughout the biotechnology sector. Immunotherapy ushers in a new class of potentially promising therapies by leveraging the immune system to recognize and eradicate debilitating diseases, specifically cancer and chronic viral infections. This immunotherapy approach may inevitably result in a paradigm shift from traditional medical intervention. Immunotherapy possesses holistic attributes by harnessing the body’s immune system to contend with the disease. Continue reading "A New Immunotherapy ETF Has Launched"