Bill Gates has known investments in the gene-editing industry.
Genetic Engineering is the field of science that manipulates DNA in order to change the gene expression. This technology is revolutionary as gene-editing and gene therapy could help people suffering from genetic disorders, as well as making humans more healthy. Applications include alleviating autoimmune disease, treatment of neurodegenerative disease, and other genetic disorders.
The field is expanding quickly, with more and more companies investing heavily into genetic engineering, especially the CRISPR/Cas9 System. CRISPR technology is considered the foremost precision gene editing tool.
Here are the top companies in the field:
Agilent Technologies (A-N)
This company is a spin-off from Hewlett-Packard, which broke away in 1999. At the time, their IPO was the largest in history in Silicon Valley. They announced on June 18, 2019 the opening of a production facility in Colorado to produce nucleic acid-based therapeutics.
(A Top Pick Jun 03/20, Up 55%) Great business. Involved in so many industries with secular growth. Underlevered balance sheet, so they'll be able to take advantage of opportunities.
Biogen IDEC Inc. (BIIB-Q)
A biotechnology company that focuses on treatments for neurodegenerative, and autoimmune diseases. They recently experienced a sell-off following news that they shut down a previously promising drug for Alzheimer’s. They acquired Nightstar Therapeutics this year, who focus on adeno-associated virus based gene-therapies.
(A Top Pick Nov 26/20, Up 26.1%)Stochchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with CIEN has gapped up through the $305 target. To be disciplined, we recommend trailing up the stop (from $180) to $305. If triggered, this would all but guarantee a minimum investment return over 26%.
Charles River Labs Intl (CRL-N)
A preclinical and clinical laboratory company for pharmaceutical and biotech firms. They are also a contractor that offers research and development outsourcing services. They offer a genetically engineered animal models and services, as well as CRISPR/Cas9 System research.
(A Top Pick May 30/19, Up 44%) A contract research organization who partners with major pharma companies for drug testing and clinical testing. This is the second company in this space that has done well for them. He would stick with it.
Novartis AG (NVS-N)
One of the largest pharmaceutical companies based out of Switzerland. They are working on a drug called Kymriah that has the ability to reprogram a patient’s own immune cells.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (REGN-Q)
A biotechnology company that has multiple key drugs, including Eylea for macular degeneration. They have one of the largest human DNA sequencing project that will help with drug discovery and development.
They developed a Covid treatment drug, but Washington has been unkind to them and made it inaccessible to the public. A great company, but it can't work for free.
A french pharmaceutical company out of Paris that is the fifth largest in sales. They recently announced an over one billion dollar research deal with Denali Therapeutics for treatments for neurological and systemic inflammatory diseases.
Done well recently as part of the vaccine trade. No real revenue growth over the last 5 years. Stagnant profits. Decent dividend. See his Top Picks today for exposure to healthcare.
Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO-N)
A biotechnology and pharmaceutical lab equipment company. They are paying down debt and have made some acquisitions that will grow well over the next couple of years.
Huge profits generated from Covid have been used to expand core business, which is scientific measurement equipment. Secret sauce is that you have to use their paper cups and vials, which are being disposed of all the time. Exceptionally well run, highly acquisitive. Trades at 20x, very attractive on the pullback. Great long-term secular grower.…
United Therapeutics Corp. (UTHR-Q)
An American biotechnology company. Their primary drug therapy is for pulmonary disease. They acquired SteadyMed Therapeutics, a competitor with whom they were locked in a legal dispute with, last year.
United Therapeutic (UTHR-Q) or Allergan (AGN-N)? This is a tough one because they are 2 very different companies. Allergan is a much larger company and more broadly-based, however, this one is a very fine company. Its primary drug therapy is dealing with pulmonary disease. The risk of owning this is that one drug represents a…
Illumina Inc. (ILMN-Q)
One of the only companies that can do high volume DNA sequencing. They have brought down the cost of genetic sequencing to retail levels. They are becoming more available outside of research for commercial use in clinics.
Global leader in DNA sequencing. Almost 90% recurring revenue with good growth. Highly cash generative with good balance sheet. Good acquirer. Expects DNA sequencing will be a pervasive treatment option in healthcare. (Analysts’ price target is $404.80)
Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD-Q)
An American biopharmaceutical company that is doing research on treating cancer using DNA targets to control it. They also released great results for a HIV treatment.
It is a healthcare name recently valued by investors. She likes to see a more visible pipeline in companies she buys. But this is a reasonable investment in this space.
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY-N)
They got hit due to problems with the Celegene acquisition. Some shareholders like it, others don’t. They have an innovative pipeline and their drugs using genetic technology has performed well, as well as the biotech that will come under their wing from Celegene.
Roche Holding (RHHBY-OTC)
A Swiss multinational healthcare company. They acquired a biotech firm that does research and development for all their future products. They have some promising drugs for multiple sclerosis and cancer treatment.
(A Top Pick October 31/17 Up 10%) A steady business that pays a good dividend. You should make 10% a year return. There is a good pipeline of drug projects yet to come. Yield 3.5%
CRISPR Therapeutics AG (CRSP-Q)
One of the smaller companies developing transformative gene medications. Their gene-editing tool is used to splice DNA that has the potential of curing diseases such as Huntington’s Chorea and cancer.