John received his PhD in chemistry in the research group of Nobel Laureate Donald Cram in 1987 and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 2009. His research career spans 16 years performing drug discovery research in metabolic diseases, cancer, HIV infection, antibacterials, and Alzheimer's disease. In 2011 John joined Sagient Research Systems as a Biotechnology Analyst. In 2013 he joined Zack's Small Cap Research as an Analyst. On Twitter: @johntuckerphd http://www.linkedin.com/in/jatucker As John is neither licensed nor qualified to act as an investment advisor, his articles are written for discussion purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. He makes a reasonable effort to avoid misstatements of fact, but advises all investors to consult primary sources prior to making an investment.
Trading and investing full time for personal account and consulting with a money manager firm with assets of over $55 Million. Worked on Wall Street for 18 years at two wirehouses and one boutique investment banking firm. Investment discipline includes taking advantage of Wall Street's tendency to act quickly in herds and overdoing it to the upside and downside, along with standard long term investing in companies with good management that exceed financial expectations. Small companies that have yet to be followed by research analysts and investment firms are of particular interest, as the potential for above average returns, often in a short period of time, exists. Trading strategies are employed when a sell off or a price spike attracts attention for a quick opportunity.
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I have extensive knowledge on drug discovery, also I am interested in fundamental analysis of biotech/pharma stocks.
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Mr. Becker has more than 15-years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, C-level industry executive, drug developer, Wall Street securities analyst and registered financial advisor. He is also an online communications pioneer, popular blogger, and a sought-after speaker at industry events.
Before establishing MD Becker Partners LLC (www.mdbpartners.com) in 2008, he served as president, chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Directors for several publicly-traded biotechnology companies including commercial-stage Cytogen Corporation (acquired by EUSA Pharma) and development-stage VioQuest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
While at Cytogen, Mr. Becker held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Business Development, Industry Relations, Investor Relations and Chief Executive Officer of AxCell Biosciences, a subsidiary of Cytogen focused on signal transduction pathways. During his tenure at Cytogen, Mr. Becker raised in excess of $130 million in new capital through both public offerings and private placements and in-licensed Caphosol(c), a topical oral agent and prescription medical device for the treatment of oral mucositis and xerostomia.
Prior to joining Cytogen, Mr. Becker was with Wayne Hummer Investments LLC, a Chicago-based regional brokerage firm, where he held senior positions as a biotechnology securities analyst, financial advisor and portfolio manager. He was also the founder and Executive Editor of Beck on Biotech, a monthly biotechnology investment newsletter published from July 1998 through March 2001. Mr. Becker was previously with Kidder, Peabody & Co., Gruntal & Co., L.L.C., and Kemper Securities. He has previously held the following financial licenses: Series 7 (Registered Representative), Series 16 (Securities Analyst), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent) and Series 65 (Registered Investment Advisor).
Mr. Becker plays an active leadership role as an advocate for the biotechnology industry. He is past Chairman and member of the board of trustees with BioNJ, which is New Jersey's trade association for biotechnology companies, and is currently a member of BioNJ, Pennsylvania Bio, the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), and the Pharmaceutical Consulting Consortium, Inc. (PCCI). Mr. Becker placed as a biotechnology/life sciences finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in both 2004 and 2005 and was listed in BusinessWeek's "CEO's 40 and Under" article in December 2006. He attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
MD Becker Partners newsletter site can be found at: http://lifesciencedigest.com
I am an arrogant know-it-all, who actually does know a fair bit but not nearly as much as I think I do. So if you think I"m totally full of it, take a number, and wait for your audience. Alternatively, write to your congressman to complain about "that no-good krakondack who tells us what we ought to do, and on top of it thinks you are an idiot".
Wall Street Teacher (a pseudonym) worked on Wall Street for several years in the fixed income area and now teaches and writes on financial topics (primarily regulation and markets). Current interests include the psychology of financial markets, the origins of chemistry/physics, synthetic biology, human evolution,siege engines, antique prints, truffles, old cameras, debunking "short and distort" hit pieces, picking RJ Kirk's brain, Battlefield III (we all have our vices) and horology.
History/Trading Style: I have been trading for 12 years, since I was 15, and have studied a variety of trading techniques and strategies. I combine many trading philosophies and combine technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and macro-economic analysis into every trade. I mostly trade options and implement complex option strategies to take advantage of favorable risk-reward set-ups.
I also believe in industry specific metrics and am developing a trading strategy around these metrics.
As for technical analysis I use a variety of techniques, but favor trading triangles and basic trend line support and resistance in channels and breakdown/breakout patterns, with a major focus on volume on the moves.
I am a trend trader and will not fight a trend, because that is a losing strategy. I take pride in my stock picking ability and have had a lot of success in finding under the radar stocks that provide huge returns, and often find stocks that are eventually taken over.
Options provide the flexibility and leverage so that traders can make major returns in any market. I am an active trader and set strict profit taking targets and stop losses.
Education: Graduated Bentley University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in finance. Graduated Boston University in 2007 with a master's degree in investment management. Passed Level 1 of the CFA in December 2006
Career: Most recently worked as an Equity Analyst for Thomson-Reuters on a new venture at ThomsonSquawkBox.com (http://www.ThomsonSquawkBox.com). I provided a wide array of live market analysis which includes but is not limited to swing trades, long-term trades, monitoring of the options market, option trading strategies, sector analysis, conference call coverage, earnings previews, trading tools, intraday trades, and other trading strategies. The product never got the chance to get off the ground as we launched when the market was crashing, so it was cut out of the budget.
I then started my own Company, OptionsHawk, where I provide the fastest, most thorough, and most accurate options analysis on Wall Street. I also design trading strategies and provide clients with live market analysis throughout the trading day. My clients are always on the inside, and the first to know, and we swing trade options with a high success rate.
Starting my own Company was the best thing I could have done and has opened up a lot of avenues. I enjoy not having a boss, taking lunch breaks at the beach, and not having to deal with the antics of the Corporate World. My analysis has been featured on Reuters, Bloomberg, and other financial publications.
Rich Steffens has grown up in New Jersey, is a successful businessman, and follows social media trends amongst life science and biotech companies. His family is deeply influenced by the ill effects of diabetes, and is a kidney donor to his older sister. His area of interests also includes cancer immunotherapy, which he started writing about in 2008. Rich jokes that he is one of the world's slowest marathon runners, and he runs with MSKCCs Fred's Team to support cancer research, raising over $20,000 in ten years to support MSKCCs efforts.
Rich states- I am not qualified to offer investment or medical advice, and make no claims that I am an expert in these areas. I seek to share and learn.
Eamon Keane has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Energy Systems, graduating both with first class honours. He has received the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Best Student Certificate, a Veolia Environment research scholarship and two IBM PhD fellowships.
My undergraduate thesis looked at whether aluminium alloys would be a useful energy vector for in-vehicle hydrogen production (no). My master's degree thesis explored the effect high levels of wind generation would have on the economics of Combined Heat and Power (significant negative impact).
I'm interested in all things energy related, in particular oil, rare earth elements and electric vehicles.
Michal Slawny joined Seeking Alpha in August 2008 as the contributor relations manager where she builds and strengthens relationships with SA's contributors. She also oversees new contributor intake, creates contributor newsletters, and manages SA's author database.
Prior to joining Seeking Alpha, Michal was the media communications assistant for The Israel Project, an organization dedicated to educating the press and the public about Israel by providing journalists, leaders, and opinion-makers accurate information about Israel. Among other things, in this role Michal was involved in the inception and implementation of press events which were covered by major media outlets ranging from NBC News, ABC News, CNN, and Fox News to the Associated Press, Reuters and The Independent (London). She also conducted research, wrote and edited press material, and created and updated Web page content.
In 2005, Michal interned with Manning Selvage & Lee, one of the world's leading public relations firms. She also gained extensive public relations experience at Koteret Public Relations in Tel Aviv, where she was responsible for writing press releases and organizing photo shoots pitched to the Israeli and international press. Slawny graduated cum laude with a B.A. in journalism, focusing on public relations, and a B.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. While there, Slawny was heavily involved in student activism and reinstated Dawgs for Israel, heading the group for almost three years.
Michal may be reached at mslawny [at] seekingalpha.com.
Boaz Berkowitz has a unique interest being a Seeking Alpha contributor as he not only has a passion for writing and companies in general, but was also Seeking Alpha's Director of Contributor Relations from 2008 to 2011.
Boaz is currently the Founder & CEO of TalkMarkets, a first of its kind financial website. TalkMarkets is a smart site which covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm but is customized and tailored to each individual user. Your interests, preferences, and level of investment sophistication influence what content you see and in what medium. This ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick and personally relevant. Additionally, we've made interacting easy by incorporating the best social media tools and creating a few of our own.
As the first ever contributor-owned website, TalkMarkets is truly unique and issues its founding contributors equity in the company.
Boaz has a diverse background, having begun his career at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan. Later he was lured into the world of e-commerce where for nearly six years he served as the Director of Online Operations for Saturn Enterprises. He has also consulted for several companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), the world's largest operator of 747 cargo aircraft, and GLX, the first global online financial community specifically for investors.
Boaz's interests extend beyond writing - he is involved with several charitable and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Binghamton University's Hillel and has served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD at Manhattan's 24th precinct. Boaz has an unusually supportive and understanding wife and four amazing children.
Sheff can be followed at twitter.com/SheffStation. He is an investor & trader of big board, small cap, and biotech stocks. He uses fundamental analysis and extensive DD (due diligence) to trade. Over the years, he has learned a great deal about how the FDA works and what they look for when considering a drug for approval. His success record in stock picking and many yrs in the biotech & pharmaceutical industry has helped him in his analysis of biotech & pharma stocks. His goal is to find undervalued companies and help the individual investor by discussing clinical data that could be relevant in how the FDA will make a decision for a drug or clinical data.
Do your own due diligence and never buy a stock based on what Sheff discusses or says.
Sheff is is not a licensed broker or financial advisor of any kind nor is he qualified to act as an investment advisor. His articles are written for discussion purposes only. None of the information written about by Sheff is to be construed as financial or investment advice. The information shared is not to be construed as an offer to buy or sell any security. Sheff works diligently to avoid misstatements of fact, but advises all investors to consult a licensed profession prior to making an investment in any stock he discusses. The information on this site is gathered from sources available to the public
Sheff's hobbies are reading, family, and helping people. I enjoy the work I do as a Chemo Specialist in many cancer centers and the volunteer work as a member with a Cancer Organization where I raise money for awareness & other programs vital for children with different forms of cancer.
Rocky spent time with Pfizer Global Research and Development and with Esperion Therapeutics before attending Columbia University to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. At Pfizer, Rocky worked in the Chemical Research and Development department working on early scale-up of potential drug molecule syntheses. At Esperion, he synthesized small peptide therapies for the treatment of atherosclerosis.
Rocky went on to receive his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Columbia University. His thesis topic involved the development of several novel synthetic methodologies. He is currently a consultant in New York City.
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The enormous advancement in the biological sciences that is taking place has begun to change the traditional way of practicing medicine. Far-reaching biological products are being approved and news about breakthroughs are occupying the media headlines. However, selecting the biotechnology firms for investment requires not only an understanding of the company's finances, but also deep knowledge of the company's potential and the potential and scientific validity of it's products and technologies.
Our Mission is evaluating biotechnology companies, their products, their technologies, scientists, managements, as well as their finances. Our goal is to impart our readers with the knowledge and insight so that they may have a heightened understanding and appreciation for the biotechnology industry.
The Prohost Letter has been in circulation since 1992. Our readers are comprised of venture capital, fund managers, investors, medical professionals and individuals with one common interest, biotechnology.
Prohost Letter is posted in the members areas on the www.prohostbiotech.com. around 40 times a year. Articles are posted several times a week for subscribers in TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS section and in News & Comments sector for all website visitors
The founding members of Chimera Research Group have over 50 years of combined experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector. Their experience includes work at Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, Pharmaceutical Companies, top-tier Universities, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Their published work includes freelance and editorial contributions both print and on-line, clinical and medical research, books and tutorials, as well as contributions to on-line social media. Through these and other activities they were able to collaborate and connect amongst themselves to establish this cadre of like-minded biotech/pharma trading and investing aficionados.
The Team includes:
Chief Scientific Analyst - Jason Chew
Chief Research Analyst - Patrick Crutcher
Chief Medical Analyst - Dr. Tro Kalayjian
CEO & Trading Analyst - Tony Pelz
Research Analyst - Dr. Andrew Goodwin
Research Analyst - Dr. Juan Pedro Rodríguez Serrate
Technical Analyst - Joe Gantoss
Research Analyst - Dr. Steven Murphy
Disclaimer: This blog is an expression of my opinion on a particular company or matter. I am not a financial advisor or professional analyst. This is not a solicitation to trade any security. Although I rely on company approved public documents and make all reasonable efforts to confirm the accuracy of my statements, the comments made in my articles should be considered only as opinion and should not be considered as current or as absolute fact. All investors are strongly encouraged to not rely entirely on any single opinion and perform their own due diligence when investing. Investing in equities includes considerable risk, and investors should be prepared for the risk of capital loss.