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Week's Big Healthcare Conferences Provide Important Inside Glimpse for Investors

It's time to pay close attention as healthcare sector companies are out to educate and try to lure investors at two of the year's key investment conferences. For healthcare/biotech investors there are few stages on which to catch, meet and ask questions of biotech leaders bigger than this week's Rodman & Renshaw 13th Annual Healthcare Conference, Sept 11-13 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the 2011 Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.

Paying close attention at what some of these companies have to say at these conferences is not only urgently important, but during volatile times like these, crucial.

As one of Wall Street's senior quantitative analysts said this week, "It's getting harder and harder to be a stock picker in this market. It seems stock fundamentals are taking a back seat to the latest Fed speech, jobs report, news from Europe or policy proposal, depending on the day. So, maybe we should all become macroeconomists?"  The fact is, a vast majority of stocks move in the same direction as the market the last- with some percentage of those stocks as high as 94-95% in the past week.

To put this into perspective, Quantitative Analyst Rocky White points out that "during the 1980s, the percentage of stocks moving with the market on a daily basis was typically only in the 40s or 50s, and peaked in the 60s during the 1987 crash. The percentage was consistently in the 50s during the tech boom, and then rose pretty significantly when the tech bubble burst. Since then, this metric has remained at a higher level. During this most recent pullback, the number shot higher, reaching just above 80%. Prior to this, the only previous time the percentage jumped this high was at the peak of the 2008 crash".

Why even try to find good picks in markets like these, when about 90% of stocks are moving in the same direction?

It's more important than ever to pay attention to trends and make them your friends. You have to learn to read the technical indicators, find bottoms and buy stocks on some of the pull-backs that we're seeing in the markets.

Big cap stocks are bearish. Some of those firms, particularly with operations in places like Europe where debt finances are in even bigger trouble than they are here, may have nowhere to go but down. Historically, times like these see some of the best performances from emerging company stocks.

As we've seen in some of the small-cap healthcare markets this week, there are plenty of undervalued emerging companies whose stocks can climb once analysts flag them and/or insiders start buying at suddenly cheap prices. You want to look for those. You want to minimize risk and start finding companies that may be on the verge of-  or have already started- generating more revenues; are anticipating good news/catalysts and which appear to be growing- particularly during difficult financial times while others are down-sizing, not meeting goals, etc.

In healthcare, you want to find companies with technologies that not only measure up, but realistically have a chance at capturing a nice percentage of their particular market. In some cases, these companies may have the better mouse trap, but take a hard look at how difficult it might be for the market to actually adopt that new technology?

Companies who show up at these conferences are there to convince you that they are the horse to bet on. Spend time looking at the presentations, check the facts and your gut before jumping in. Even if you can't make it to the conferences, most of these companies put up materials and videos from their presentations on their home pages. Go out of your way to look for them.

Schaeffer's Investment Research which actively tracks options activity points out that "there has been a 15% increase in short interest since March, although both short interest and panic levels is still far from the peaks seen during the financial crisis." Cautious crowds are growing, but as White points out, "the technical backdrop is not as supportive to them as it has been in the past."  If you're off the sidelines and still trading biotech and healthcare "be open to buying stocks that you like on pullbacks to support, as 'pops' can be equally as sharp as 'drops' in the current environment."

We saw some of those principals at work last week after calling bottom on the overly punished shares of Cleveland Biolabs (Nasdaq:CBLI) and featuring first-look reports about Ampio Phamacetuicals (Nasdaq:AMPE). Both of those stocks were big winners for our readers this past week.

We will certainly continue to pay close attention to SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (OTCBB:SNWV) at the conference. Since finishing and submitting stacks of data from their double-blind Phase III clinical trials of their dermaPACE® device for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, Rodman will provide that firm the first opportunity to speak to a large group of investors, brokers and analysts about their pending FDA decision. The firm is still undervalued with plenty of cash in the bank. More importantly, some analysts are starting to notice that may be well positioned for a buy-out given the threat their disruptive medical device poses to industry leaders in the multi-billion dollar wound healing space.

A list of the presenting companies, complete with some of the other new faces we will be monitoring at this week's Rodman conference appear below:

22nd Century Group, Inc.
(OTC BB: XXII)
xxiicentury.com
23andMe Inc.
23andme.com
Aastrom Biosciences, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ASTM)
aastrom.com
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.
(NASDAQ: ACAD)
acadia-pharm.com
Acceleron Pharma, Inc.
acceleronpharma.com
Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(OTC BB: ACCP)
accesspharma.com
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ACRX)
acelrx.com
Adolor Corporation
(NASDAQ: ADLR)
adolor.com
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.
(OTC BB: ACTC)
advancedcell.com
Advaxis, Inc.
(OTC BB: ADXS)
advaxis.com
ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: ANX)
adventrx.com
Aeterna Zentaris, Inc.
(NASDAQ: AEZS)
aezsinc.com
Agenus Inc.
(NASDAQ: AGEN)
agenusbio.com
Akorn, Inc.
(NASDAQ: AKRX)
akorn.com
Albany Molecular Research, Inc.
(NASDAQ: AMRI)
amriglobal.com
Alimera Sciences
(NASDAQ: ALIM)
alimerasciences.com
Allon Therapeutics, Inc.
(TSX: NPC CN)
allontherapeutics.com
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ALNY)
alnylam.com
AmpliPhi BioSciences Corporation
(OTC US: APHB.PK)
ampliphibio.com
Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ANDS)
anadyspharma.com
Anika Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ANIK)
anikatherapeutics.com
Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company
(NYSE Amex: AXN)
aoxingpharma.com
Aradigm Corporation
(OTC BB: ARDM)
aradigm.com
Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ARIA)
ariad.com
Arno Therapeutics, Inc.
(OTC BB: ARNI)
arnothera.com
Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ASTX)
supergen.com
Atheronova, Inc.
(OTC BB: AHRO)
atheronova.com
Atossa Genetics, Inc.
atossagenetics.com/
AtriCure, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ATRC)
atricure.com
http://www.biotechindustry.at/uploads/AVIRgreenHills_128148_XX.jpg AVIR Green Hills Biotechnology
greenhillsbiotech.com/
Bacterin International Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: BONE)
bacterin.com
Banyan Biomarkers, Inc.
banyanbio.com
Bio-Path Holdings, Inc.
(OTC BB: BPTH)
biopathholdings.com
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BCRX)
biocryst.com
BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BDSI)
bdsi.com
BIOLASE Technology, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BLTI)
biolase.com
BioLineRx, Ltd.
(Tel Aviv: BLRX)
biolinerx.com
Bionovo, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BNVI)
bionovo.com
BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc.
(NASDAQ: BPAX)
biosantepharma.com
BioSpecifics Technologies Corp.
(NASDAQ: BSTC)
biospecifics.com
Biostar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BSPM)
biostarpharmaceuticals.com
http://www.bioportfolio.com/static/images/uploaded/logos/corporate/BioTimeInc.jpeg BioTime, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: BTX)
biotimeinc.com/
Biovista Inc.
biovista.com
Bohai Pharmaceuticals Group, Inc.
(OTC BB: BOPH)
bohaipharma.com
Capstone Therapeutics Corp.
(NASDAQ: CAPS)
capstonethx.com
http://www.startupgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/CardioFocus.jpg CardioFocus, Inc.
cardiofocus.com
Cardium Therapeutics, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: CXM)
cardiumthx.com
CAS Medical Systems, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CASM)
casmed.com
Catasys, Inc.
(OTC BB: CATS)
catasyshealth.com
Cell Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CTIC)
celltherapeutics.com
Celsion Corporation
(NASDAQ: CLSN)
celsion.com
Chelsea Therapeutics International, Ltd.
(NASDAQ: CHTP)
chelseatherapeutics.com
China Biologic Products, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CBPO)
chinabiologic.com
ChromaDex Corporation
(OTC BB: CDXC)
chromadex.com
Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.
(TSX: DND CN)
cipherpharma.com
Cleveland Biolabs, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CBLI)
cbiolabs.com
CNS Response, Inc.
(OTC BB: CNSO)
cnsresponse.com
Columbia Laboratories, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CBRX)
columbialabs.com
Compugen, Ltd.
(NASDAQ: CGEN)
cgen.com
CorMedix, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: CRMD)
cormedix.com
Coronado Biosciences
coronadobiosciences.com
Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(OTC BB: CORX)
cortexpharm.com
CryoPort, Inc.
(OTC BB: CYRX)
cryoport.com
CUREMARK
curemark.com
Curis, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CRIS)
curis.com
Cynosure, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CYNO)
cynosure.com
Cytokinetics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CYTK)
cytokinetics.com
Cytomedix, Inc.
(OTC BB: CMXI)
cytomedix.com
Cytosorbents Corporation
(OTC BB: CTSO)
cytosorbents.com
CytRx Corporation
(NASDAQ: CYTR)
cytrx.com
D. Medical Industries
(NASDAQ: DMED)
dmedicalindustries.com
DARA BioSciences, Inc.
(NASDAQ: DARA)
darabiosciences.com
Dehaier Medical Systems
(NASDAQ: DHRM)
dehaier.com.cn
Dendreon Corporation
(NASDAQ: DNDN)
dendreon.com
Derma Sciences, Inc.
(NASDAQ: DSCI)
dermasciences.com
DiagnoCure, Inc.
(TSX: CUR CN)
diagnocurelabs.com
DURECT Corporation
(NASDAQ: DRRX)
durect.com
DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: DUSA)
dusapharma.com
Dyax Corp.
(NASDAQ: DYAX)
dyax.com
Echo Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ECTE)
echotx.com
EDAP TMS S.A.
(NASDAQ: EDAP)
edap-tms.com
Edge Therapeutics, Inc.
edgetherapeutics.com
Enzo Biochem, Inc.
(NYSE: ENZ)
enzo.com
EpiCept Corporation
(NASDAQ: EPCT)
epicept.com
EXACT Sciences Corporation
(NASDAQ: EXAS)
exactsciences.com
Fibrocell Science, Inc.
(OTC BB: FCSC)
fibrocellscience.com
Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: FURX)
furiex.com
Galectin Therapeutics Inc.
(OTC BB: PRWP)
galectintherapeutics.com
Generex Biotechnology Corporation
(NASDAQ: GNBT)
generex.com
Genetic Technologies Ltd.
(NASDAQ: GENE)
gtglabs.com
Genta Incorporated
(OTC BB: GNTA)
genta.com
Geron Corporation
(NASDAQ: GERN)
geron.com
Given Imaging Ltd.
(NASDAQ: GIVN)
givenimaging.com
GnuBIO, Inc.
gnubio.com
Golden Meditech Holdings Limited
(Hong Kong: 801 HK)
goldenmeditech.com
Heat Biologics, Inc.
heatbio.com
Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: HEB)
hemispherx.net
Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.
(NASDAQ: HITK)
hitechpharm.com
ICU Medical, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ICUI)
icumed.com
Illumina, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ILMN)
illumina.com
Immune Pharmaceuticals
immunepharmaceuticals.com/
ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd
(OTC BB: IMUC)
imuc.com
Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: INFI)
ipi.com
InfuSystem Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: INFU)
infusystem.com
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc
(NYSE Amex: INO)
inovio.com
InSite Vision Incorporated
(OTC BB: INSV)
insitevision.com
InspireMD, Inc.
(OTC BB: NSPR)
inspire-md.com
Insulet Corporation
(NASDAQ: PODD)
insulet.com
Intelgenx Technologies, Corp.
(OTC BB: IGXT)
intelgenx.com
Intellicell Biosciences, Inc.
(OTC US: SVFC.PK)
intellicellbiosciences.com
International Stem Cell Corporation
(OTC BB: ISCO)
intlstemcell.com
InVivo Therapeutics Corporation
invivotherapeutics.com
Jennerex, Inc.
jennerex.com
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: KERX)
keryx.com
KineMed, Inc.
kinemed.com
Kips Bay Medical, Inc.
(NASDAQ: KIPS)
kipsbaymedical.com
Knome, Inc.
knome.com
LifeVantage Corporation
(OTC BB: LFVN)
lifevantage.com/investor-profile.aspx
Lineagen, Inc.
lineagen.com
MannKind Corporation
(NASDAQ: MNKD)
mannkindcorp.com
Marina Biotech, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MRNA)
marinabio.com
Mazor Robotics Ltd.
(Tel Aviv: MZOR)
mazorrobotics.com
Medicago Inc.
(TSX: MDG CN)
medicago.com
MediGene AG
(Frankfurt: MDG GR)
medigene.com
MethylGene, Inc.
(TSX: MYG CN)
methylgene.com
Millennium HealthCare, Inc.
(OTC US: MHCC.PK)
millenniumhcs.com
Molmed S.p.A
(Milan: MLM.MI)
molmed.com
Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MNTA)
momentapharma.com
  Montigen Pharmaceuticals
MRI Interventions, Inc.
mriinterventions.com
Myrexis, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MYRX)
myrexis.com
NanoViricides, Inc.
(OTC BB: NNVC)
nanoviricides.com
NeoGenomics, Inc.
(OTC BB: NGNM)
neogenomics.org
Neoprobe Corporation
(NYSE Amex: NEOP)
neoprobe.com
Neostem, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: NBS)
neostem.com
Neovacs
neovacs.com
Neuralstem, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: CUR)
neuralstem.com
NeurogesX, Inc.
(NASDAQ: NGSX)
neurogesx.com
http://www.wrhambrecht.com/ind/auctions/trad/nuro/images/nuro_logo_160x19.gif NeuroMetrix, Inc.
neurometrix.com
Nile Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: NLTX)
niletherapeutics.com
NobleGen Biosciences, Inc.
noblegenbio.com
Novadaq Technologies Inc.
(TSX: NDQ CN)
novadaq.com
Novelos Therapeutics, Inc.
(OTC BB: NVLT)
novelos.com
Nuvo Research Inc.
(TSX: NRI CN)
nuvoresearch.com
NxStage Medical, Inc.
(NASDAQ: NXTM)
nxstage.com
Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc.
(NASDAQ: OCLS)
oculusis.com
Omeros Corporation
(NASDAQ: OMER)
omeros.com
Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
omthera.com
OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: OGXI)
oncogenex.com
http://www.thestockprofiler.com/images/oncs_22581.gif OncoSec Medical Inc.
(OTC BB: ONCS)
oncosec.com
Oncothyreon, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ONTY)
oncothyreon.com
Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: OPXA)
opexatherapeutics.com
http://www.oramed.com/tmpl/1/img/logo.gif Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc.
(OTC BB: ORMP)
oramed.com
Orexo AB
(OME: ORX SS)
orexo.com
OXiGENE, Inc.
(NASDAQ: OXGN)
oxigene.com
http://www.kindredsearch.com/resources/1558/Pacific%20Biosciences2010.gif Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PACB)
pacificbiosciences.com
Palatin Technologies, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: PTN)
palatin.com
Pivotal Therapeutics Inc.
(CNSX: PVO)
pivotaltherapeutics.us
Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PSTI)
pluristem.com
PolyMedix, Inc.
(OTC BB: PYMX)
polymedix.com
Probiodrug AG
probiodrug.de
Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(OTC BB: PVCT)
pvct.com
pSivida Corp.
(NASDAQ: PSDV)
psivida.com
Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
quarkpharma.com
RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
(OTC BB: RGRX)
regenerx.com
Regulus Therapeutics Inc.
regulusrx.com
Repligen Corporation
(NASDAQ: RGEN)
repligen.com
Repros Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: RPRX)
reprosrx.com
Resverlogix Corp.
(TSX: RVX CN)
resverlogix.com
Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: RNN)
rexahn.com
Rosetta Genomics, Ltd.
(NASDAQ: ROSGD)
rosettagenomics.com
RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp.
(NASDAQ: RXII)
rxipharma.com
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
(NYSE: SFE)
safeguard.com
SANUWAVE Health, Inc.
(OTC BB: SNWV)
sanuwave.com
SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: SCLN)
sciclone.com
Senesco Technologies, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: SNT)
senesco.com
Silence Therapeutics plc
(LONDON: SLN LN)
silence-therapeutics.com
Sinobiopharma, Inc.
(OTC BB: SNBP)
sinobp.com
Sinovac Biotech, Ltd.
(NASDAQ: SVA)
sinovac.com
Soligenix, Inc.
(OTC BB: SNGX)
soligenix.com
Spectral Diagnostics Inc.
(TSX: SDI CN)
spectraldx.com
SpectraScience, Inc.
(OTC BB: SCIE)
spectrascience.com
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: SPPI)
sppirx.com
Spherix Incorporated
(NASDAQ: SPEX)
spherix.com
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: SNSS)
sunesis.com
Sunwin International Neutraceuticals, Inc.
(OTC BB: SUWN)
sunwininternational.com
SuperNova Diagnostics, Inc.
supernovadiagnostics.com
SynCardia Systems, Inc.
syncardia.com
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.
(NASDAQ: SNTA)
syntapharma.com
TearLab Corporation
(NASDAQ: TEAR)
tearlab.com
Tengion, Inc.
(NASDAQ: TNGN)
tengion.com
The Female Health Company
(NASDAQ: FHCO)
femalehealth.com
ThermoGenesis Corp.
(NASDAQ: KOOL)
thermogenesis.com
Thoratec Corporation
(NASDAQ: THOR)
thoratec.com
Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(NASDAQ: THLD)
thresholdpharm.com
Transgenomic, Inc.
(OTC BB: TBIO)
transgenomic.com
Transition Therapeutics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: TTHI)
transitiontherapeutics.com
http://media.globenewswire.com/cache/15120/int/10256.jpg Tranzyme, Inc.
(NASDAQ: TZYM)
tranzyme.com
Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation
(TSX: TRL CN)
Trinity Biotech plc
(NASDAQ: TRIB)
trinitybiotech.com
Unigene Laboratories, Inc.
(OTC BB: UGNE)
unigene.com
Unilife Corporation
(NASDAQ: UNIS)
unilife.com
http://www.russopartnersllc.com/images/client_logo/Veloxis_logo_RGB_Onscreen.jpg Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S
(OME: VELO SS)
veloxis.com
http://1centstock.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Ventrus-Biosciences-VTUS-logo-150x112.png Ventrus Biosciences, Inc
(NASDAQ: VTUS)
ventrusbio.com
Vical Incorporated
(NASDAQ: VICL)
vical.com
Viralytics Limited
(ASX: VLA AU)
viralytics.com
VirtualScopics, Inc.
(NASDAQ: VSCP)
virtualscopics.com
Vizio Medical Devices LLC
viziomedical.com
Vringo, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: VRNG)
vringo.com
http://www.inda.org/membership/logos/247171.JPG Winner Medical Group Inc.
(NASDAQ: WWIN)
winnermedical.com
YM BioSciences, Inc.
(NYSE Amex: YMI)
ymbiosciences.com
Zalicus, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ZLCS)
combinatorx.com
Ziopharm Oncology, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ZIOP)
ziopharm.com
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