VANCOUVER, British Columbia - GeorgiaChron -- Investors are excited about biotechnology stocks in the time of the novel coronavirus.  The Wall Street Journal reports that small and medium biotech stocks are near record highs, with a 60% resurgence in value since March.

Indeed, the time is ripe for biotech companies to cash in on COVID-19 via pursuit of novel drug therapies and vaccines for the condition, which currently has no cure.  But risky biotech companies are taking advantage of the COVID-19 market in an effort to gain more investors for pharma products which may ultimately fail.

Sources of Risk in Biotech and Pharma

The biotech industry is notorious for its high risk, so in a COVID-19 world, more than ever, investors need to look for long-term value from prospective biotech investments.  Sources of risk in the biotechnology and pharma industry – even before the current environment – include:
Investors Should Seek to Minimize Risk in Biotech by Avoiding COVID-19 Hype

A key aspect of investing in biotech has always been to minimize the inherent risk as much as possible.  This means looking at the company's foundation and whether they are an established leader in the field.  Instead of examining how companies are faring in the COVID-19 world, consider tried-and-true leaders in pharma and biotech, which are likely to play a major effort in COVID-19 due to their leadership in the space.

Opting for low-risk stocks which performed well before the economic downturn associated with the ongoing pandemic can help improve the success of your portfolio in the long term.  These companies include:
Other low-risk choices include Pfizer (PFE), GlaxoSmithKine (GSK), and Novartis (NVS).  These biotech and pharma companies have weathered many storms, and, regardless of their contributions to COVID-19, will likely continue to thrive due to their successes elsewhere in the industry.

The Bottom Line

Biotech investors should focus on long-term investing strategies with proven, big pharma companies.  They should avoid small, undercapitalized biotech companies that are simply chasing trends.

Source: Braeden Lichti
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