John Bell-Irving, investment advisor at Macquarie Private Wealth, focuses on superior growth investments in U.S. biotech for his 30-to-50-year old clients.
Why the U.S.? It has the largest healthcare industry, with more companies and opportunities. By comparison, Canada’s market is smaller and lacks government support for R&D.
“A lot of companies have one, two, three products going for [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] FDA approval,” he says. “They have potential for huge returns if they’re successful, but you may lose 80% if they’re not.”
DO: Look at what trial stage the drug is in, as well as the data. Make sure there’s proof the drug can do more than existing ones.
DO: Examine company management, including experience and how it handles cash flow.
DO: Beware companies run by the lead scientist. Often, they’re not business-minded and may run out of money before trials are complete.
DON’T: Get carried away by hype. If in early trials the company claims it has a miracle drug, or they bring back a previously failed one claiming it now heals something else, be suspicious.
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