Top Three biotechnology stocks to watch out for in 2014
Written by Alyssa Clark
1. Ariad Pharmaceuticals
This leukemia drug is set to sky-rocket in 2014, with the improved quality standards which allows it now to be marketed as an approved and fully-endorsed drug in the highly popular anti-cancer industry (which is already brewing at the end of 2013). Investors will be blown away when they see the dramatic increase of this seemingly commercial-stage biotech company, and will be a hot commodity for those looking to invest in upcoming biotech companies. Through successful trials of the FDA and other clinical tests, this company has set itself up to really take-off in 2014 and reach an entire new range of consumers and investors.
2. Cubist Pharmaceuticals
This company surprised market-researchers and trend-specialists with its acquisition of Trius Therapeutics and Optimer Pharmaceuticals this past July. Due to the problem of drug-resistant germs and larger antibiotic companies holding a quasi-monopoly over the manufacturing of new technology, this smaller (but growing) antibiotic company has been surprising analysts after its acquisition and expanded resources in the antibiotic market. Up until this year, however, owning small antibiotic makers has been a lonely experience because larger drug companies have been exiting the antibiotic market, shrinking the pool of natural buyers. But Roche has signaled a move back into antibiotic development, so we may see more M&A activity in 2014.
3. Launch of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
The commercial launch of this new drug went off better than researchers, analysts and investors expected. The main drug Eylea was approved in 2011, 2012; investors continuously underestimated the drug and it continued to do quite well, and steadily well throughout 2013. The stock performance will only increase breaking into the 2014 year, and is one to be watched from a possible investment perspective, as well as how the success of this drug dictates the stock performance of its competitors within its sector of the market. There are two other possible drugs which are set to rival Regeneron in the upcoming year: Pharmacyclics' (PCYC) Imbruvica and Gilead Sciences' (GILD) sofosbuvir. Investors have high expectations for both drugs already but they're also game-changing therapies launching into large commercial markets. I won't be surprised to see Imbruvica, sofosbuvir, or both, end 2014 with sales topping current expectations.
Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis
Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health.
The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH) and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group.
Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness.
As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.
The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals.
The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic.
With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map.
“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.”