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.
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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.
Curis, Inc. (CRIS) - NasdaqGM rated best investment going forward in Biotech for the remainder of 2014 and certainly for 2015.
Past Results - Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACHN) was issued a best investment rating on April 14, 2014 and it's hoped that on June 16, 2014 that investors locked in profit near the highs. The high that day was $8.05. The best investment rating was issued from the $2.70's area.
Athersys, Inc. (ATHX) - NasdaqCM In 2013 ATHX in the $1.60's area was issued a best investment notice. Followed up with several articles pointing out its potential. It's hoped investors took profit over $4 in early 2014. Today ATHX and its MultiStem is of high risk with one "no efficacy" phase II trial in 2014 reporting. For this reason ATHX is a buy only under $1.60 again today. This will limit downside to some degree if MultiStem fails again to show efficacy in a second phase II trial.
Other past calls were CLDX, ACUR and ALNY.
Dr. Schwartz is a 30-year veteran of the Pharmaceutical Industry most recently in the role of Executive Director, Strategic Transactions for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where he has more than a dozen completed transactions to his credit. He speaks frequently on the Biotech-Big Pharma dynamics and evolving research and treatment paradigms in oncology and is perhaps best known for predicting FDA’s rejection of Dendreon’s Provenge vaccine in 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle, March 30, 2007). Provenge ultimately won FDA approval in April, 2010.
Dr. Schwartz founded RHS Advisors, LLC, a life-sciences consulting firm, in July 2010.
Chris DeMuth Jr. is the founder of Rangeley Capital LLC. Rangeley is an investment firm that focuses on event driven, value-oriented investment opportunities. Rangeley Capital and his value investing forum, Sifting the World (StW), search the world for misplaced bets. Rangeley exploits them for its investors and then Mr. DeMuth writes about them on StW.
I am an independent equity research analyst and consultant. I focus on finding small-cap biotech stocks where I believe there is favorable risk / reward because of misinformation, lack of information, or a potential fundamental turnaround. I provide detail analysis for investors and investor relations companies. I also provide due diligence and advisory services to companies. Some names I write on I invest in personally and will disclose my position. Names that have hired me to provide due diligence or advisory services I will disclose a business relationship.
I previously worked for Zacks Investment Research from 2003 to 2015 as a Senior Biotechnology Analyst. Prior to Zacks, I spent 1999 to 2002 managing money with Eastover Capital in Charlotte, NC where I focused on large-cap equities, specializing in healthcare, energy, and technology. Prior to joining Eastover, I worked as a research scientist for TechLab, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing diagnostic kits and vaccines for infectious diseases, between 1995 and 1998. I also spent a year working at the Fralin Biotechnology Center, and a year working for a cancer researcher while at Virginia Tech.
I have a B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, with a B.A in Chemistry and a minor in Math. I have a M.B.A. in Finance, with a concentration in Securities Analysis, from Wake Forest University. I hold the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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
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.
Every investment has a trajectory. There is no such thing as static. Investments grow in size until they become really enormous at which point they can only grow along with GDP. To a certain extent picking investments is a little like duck hunting, you want to pick investments which will coincide with the growth trends.
You want (1) great products and/or services, (2) great management, (3) sufficient finances if the company is in development, (4) great connections whether those are sales partners or financial partners.
Jeff Hawkins, in his book On Intelligence, suggests that the brain is principally a forward-looking instrument. So, this duck hunting is a natural activity of the best investors.
Thomas Barnard, as a writer, was mentored and published by Nobel Laureate, Saul Bellow.
Mike Havrilla is a former pharmacist (retail and home infusion settings), biotech stock trader, and writer with experience that includes online trading since 1997, working as a pharmacist during 2004-2014, and writing for investors since 2007. Mike holds Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for Wyeth prior to pharmacy school. He is also an avid runner and has completed over 20 marathons with a personal best time under three hours for the 26.2 mile race and under 80 minutes for the half marathon. Mike merged his former publishing business with BioRunUp.com / Mark Messier in October 2010, creating a new online biotech stock research and trading subscription service.
VFC is just a guy with an opinion. VFC's Stock House brings new ideas to the table and opens discussions for a broad spectrum of investors, with a strong focus on - but not limited to - the biotech, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. VFC's Stock House provides research, informational and opinion-based coverage of various companies and stocks in multiple sectors.
The information contained within the pages of VFC’s Stock House are not intended to be taken as advice, but as a starting point where investors can follow up with their own DD and devise their own entry and exit strategies. Do not Buy/Sell based solely on VFC's ideas or opinions.
The goal of VFC's Stock House is to 'call it like I see it' - while bringing new ideas, companies, and discussions to the eyes of investors and readers. This is supposed to be fun and new investors should not invest with the idea that this will 'pay the bills' or with the belief that a stock will just keep going up. DD is paramount, but so is sticking to pre-conceived entry and exit strategies and not letting emotional trading get in the way.
Goals must be realistic, if it sounds far fetched, then it probably is. Let the big boys eat the cake - the small investor is just trying to pick up some crumbs, and there's nothing wrong with that!