Rachel’s note: Mainstream investors are tripping over themselves buying the big companies at the center of pandemic hysteria.
But while the market’s looking the other way… there’s a major cure for another devastating disease in the works. And it could deliver life-changing gains for savvy investors…
That’s why our colleague and biotech expert, Jeff Brown, is hosting an urgent masterclass. He even cut a recent trip short. So he could get all the details to readers as soon as possible.
Just go right here to register for his free event on Wednesday, December 9, at 8 p.m. ET.
By Jeff Brown, editor, The Bleeding Edge
Moderna (MRNA) used to be a “boring” stock.
Just look at the chart from its initial public offering back in 2018 until the beginning of this year…
It essentially traded flat for over a year. Headlines over that time period announced things like “Moderna Stock Pops 4.2% on Clinical Update” and “Here’s Why Moderna Lost 29.6% in June.”
Not the most exciting stock to have in your portfolio…
But then in late February, everything changed.
Have a look at Moderna’s progress this year…
It’s taken off… At the time of writing, it’s soared 680% year to date. Investors have made over sevenfold their money in less than a year.
We likely already know what happened…
Moderna is one of the companies that leapt into the ring to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
And while Moderna is one of a handful of biotechnology companies getting headlines right now, it’s far from the only winner in this new golden age of biotech.
Moderna’s Unique Approach
What makes Moderna’s approach unique is that its vaccine uses messenger RNA (mRNA) to produce an immune response.
How does that work precisely?
Our genetic code determines our traits and bodily functions. It’s a genetic “blueprint.”
But the genes themselves don’t do the work. They require proteins to carry out specific functions.
mRNA is the link between genes and proteins. The information contained within genes is transcribed into mRNA. That mRNA then tells the body what proteins to produce to carry out different functions.
Moderna’s vaccine mimics this process. It uses synthetic mRNA to tell the body to produce proteins that look like COVID-19. That helps the body produce antibodies to fight the virus and build immunity.
Here’s the point I want to emphasize…
Before COVID-19, this type of synthetic biology was mostly theoretical. It was like “the Wild West” of the biotechnology space.
But the pandemic has forced the biotechnology industry to leap forward.
Moderna designed its vaccine in just 42 days. That’s incredible. It normally takes years to get to a working vaccine.
This September, Moderna released data demonstrating that its COVID-19 vaccine is effective in older adults.
In fact, the vaccine created an immune response in people over 56 years old that was on par with the response observed in adults 18–55 years old.
And on November 30, Moderna released the full analysis for its Phase 3 clinical trials for its vaccine.
The data was encouraging, suggesting that the vaccine is 94.1% effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
It appears to be safe as well, with only headaches and other mild reactions in those who’ve taken the vaccine.
And Moderna pointed out that its vaccine was 100% effective against severe cases of COVID-19.
This is huge.
On the back of these results, Moderna filed for emergency use authorization at the end of November. That means the vaccine could be available to many within mere days or weeks.
As exciting as this is, the developments with Moderna speak to a larger trend. It’s something every serious technology investor should be paying attention to.
A Golden Age of Biotechnology
It may sound strange to say that anything “good” has come from the COVID-19 pandemic. But for the biotechnology industry – and biotechnology investors – 2020 has been a banner year.
The biotechnology industry has shown that it’s able to move faster than we’ve ever imagined. Vaccines that usually take years of development are appearing in just months.
The pandemic has opened the doors for radical new approaches to vaccines and therapies that would have seemed impossible even just a year ago.
And that’s led to a flood of capital into this space. Venture capital (VC) funding of biotech companies is at a record high… reaching an astounding $34.6 billion so far this year.
And biotech initial public offerings have raked in roughly $23 billion for drug development this year.
There’s suddenly more awareness of biotechnology companies than ever before. COVID-19 has thrust them into the spotlight.
This leads to an obvious question.
Which biotechnology stocks do we want to own?
My No. 1 Biotech Recommendation Today
Readers may be surprised to learn that Moderna isn’t a stock currently in any of the model portfolios for my paid research services…
At the time of writing, Moderna’s enterprise value-to-sales (EV/sales) ratio is at 232. That’s the equivalent of 232 years of revenue, not profit. And while the number has dropped down from over 300 in recent months, it’s still an extremely expensive valuation.
That means investors getting in at this level will likely lose money in the long run. A valuation like this just isn’t sustainable.
But there’s another stock… a small-cap biotech… that I’ve been watching for some time.
For comparison, its EV/sales ratio is about 17 right now. And this company is on the verge of making a truly groundbreaking announcement about one of its clinical trials.
And when that news breaks, I believe this small stock could soar as much as 1,000% in a single day.
This is a stock I don’t want any of my readers to miss.
If anyone wants to find out all the details, I’m putting together a special presentation called The Cure Event. It will air on December 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
Please join me on that night. You can reserve your spot for free right here.
I’ll look forward to seeing you then.
Editor, The Bleeding Edge