It would be fair to say biotech has had an interesting time of it over the course of the past 15 months. Except, of course, that biotech always has an interesting time of it. The go big or go home sector of the market attracts speculators, scientists, and unsavory characters, but also attracts people hoping for critical improvements to their healthcare options.
With a lot of sentiment and sometimes too little information, it can be hard to find an edge. Throw in the political questions stemming from stories like Valeant (NYSE:VRX), Sarepta (NASDAQ:SRPT), and Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL), and the interesting times don’t appear likely to go away.
With an assist from SA Managing Editor (and CFA) Mike Taylor, we asked a few authors who focus on the biotech sector to tell us which way they think the winds might blow.
Bret Jensen, author of The Biotech Forum ONeil Trader, author of Growth Stock Forum Bhavneesh Sharma, author of Vasuda Healthcare Analytics Chris Lau, author of Value Stocks for DIY Investors Alexander J. Poulos, author of Undervalued Gems Wall Street Titan, author of Stem Cell Sector News and Analysis
Seeking Alpha: Investors are aware of headline political risk this year, but there’s also some regulator level confusion. On one hand, we have a recent approval decision on a six-figure drug from Sarepta with controversy over efficacy, to put it mildly. On the other hand, there’s uproar over the EpiPen, which some argue is expensive but at least is acknowledged to work. How are you evaluating the FDA’s and regulators’ posture relative to industry?
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