10 Healthcare and Biotech Stocks to Buy Amid Monkeypox Threat

In this article, we will look at 10 healthcare and biotech stocks to buy amid the monkeypox threat. If you want to explore similar healthcare and biotech stocks, you can also take a look at 5 Healthcare and Biotech Stocks to Buy Amid Monkeypox Threat.

In May of 2022, the first case of the monkeypox virus, outside of Africa, was reported in the United Kingdom. Ever since then, the virus has spread throughout the globe and, as of August 5, has achieved a toll of 28,727 cases worldwide. On July 23, the World Health Organization declared the global monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The World Health Organization reported that as of July 2022, the majority of reported cases of monkeypox were found in the European region.

Monkeypox In The U.S.

On July 29 New York State governor, Kathy Hochul, declared the monkeypox outbreak a state emergency. On August 2, president Joe Biden named two federal officials, Bob Fenton and Dr. Daskalakis to lead and accelerate the U.S. government’s response against monkeypox. Together, Mr. Fenton and Dr. Daskalakis will work towards controlling the outbreak in the U.S. and also devise measures and protocols for monkeypox testing, vaccinations, and treatments. On August 4, the Biden Administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. According to Our World in Data, as of August 5, the number of reported cases of the monkeypox virus has reached 7,492 in the United States.

With the monkeypox virus causing havoc, governments around the world are issuing protocols and stockpiling vaccines to address the global outbreak. As of now, there is only 1 FDA-approved monkeypox vaccine on the market, the JYNNEOS vaccine which is manufactured by Denmark-based biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY). Healthcare providers are following the lead of Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY) and are developing tests and treatments for the monkeypox virus. However, many of the world’s leading healthcare providers such as Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) are still devoting their research and development efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic instead of addressing the alarming monkeypox situation.

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Our Methodology

To determine the 10 healthcare and biotech stocks that can benefit from the ongoing monkeypox outbreak, we reviewed companies that are actively involved in the space. We identified companies that are offering and also developing vaccines and tests for the monkeypox virus. We studied each company’s projects related to the monkeypox virus and narrowed down our selection to the best stocks that have high anticipation for success and consequently, the potential to gain more market share. Along with each stock, we have included the hedge fund sentiment around it. We ranked our picks in increasing order of hedge fund holders.

10 Healthcare and Biotech Stocks to Buy Amid Monkeypox Threat

10. Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: N/A

Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY) develops, manufactures, and commercializes vaccines. The company offers non-replicating smallpox and monkeypox vaccines under the IMVAMUNE, IMVANEX, and JYNNEOS names. In 2019, the FDA approved the company’s JYNNEOS vaccine which is designed to treat and prevent smallpox and monkeypox in adults of ages 18 years and older. Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY) is on investors’ radars as the number of monkeypox cases around the world climbs. As of August 5, shares of Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY) have surged by 90.18% over the past six months.
On July 15, Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY) announced that the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has ordered an additional 2.5 million doses of liquid-frozen JYNNEOS, the company’s non-replicating smallpox vaccine and the only FDA-approved vaccine against monkeypox.
On July 20, Cowen analyst Boris Peaker upgraded Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY) to Outperform from Market Perform and reiterated his price target of DKK 433 on the shares. The analyst estimated that if the EU orders JYNNEOS to vaccinate about 10% of Europeans against monkeypox, the company can generate a total revenue of $5.6 billion between 2023 and 2026.
On July 27, Bavarian Nordic A/S (OTC:BVNRY) announced that it has received approvals from regulatory authorities in the U.S. and EU to manufacture its JYNNEOS/IMVANEX smallpox and monkeypox vaccines at its facility in Denmark.

9. Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEMD)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 1

Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEMD) is a medical technology company that focuses on developing products to diagnose and treat life and organ-threatening diseases in the United States. The company’s flagship product, the Aethlon Hemopurifier, is a clinical-stage immunotherapeutic device that removes tumor-derived exosomes and life-threatening viruses from the human circulatory system.

The Aethlon Hemopurifier has been proven successful against the monkeypox virus in the past. In 2008, Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEMD) announced completing a successful study to test the efficacy of the Aethlon Hemopurifier against monkeypox. The company reported that within 20 hours, its Hemopurifier removed 98% of infectious monkeypox virus from the subject. As the number of monkeypox cases is rising, so are shares of Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEMD). As of August 5, the stock has gained 16.78% over the past six months.

As of the first quarter of 2022, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies is the most bullish hedge fund on Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEMD) and owns roughly 0.27 million shares of the company. The funds stake was valued at $0.39 million.

Unlike mainstream healthcare stocks like Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEMD) is a cheap investment option for beginner investors as the stock is trading at just $1.3 as of August 9.

8. GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 2

GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops human vaccines and immunotherapies against infectious diseases and cancers. On August 3, GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX) reported that it has begun an animal study to evaluate a Phase 1 clinical trial for its MVA-VLP-MUC1 immunotherapy candidate. The company reported that its MVA-based vaccines, particularly the company’s GEO-CM04S1, are effective against monkeypox. GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX) said that it is currently evaluating the GEO-CM04S1 and its effectiveness against monkeypox and said that it expects the vaccine to be able to treat both COVID-19 and monkeypox.

On May 23, Maxim analyst Jason McCarthy reiterated his Buy rating and $6.00 price target on GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX). McCarthy believes GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX) is undervalued and noted that its MVA-based vaccine technology has the potential to drive the company’s growth since it has proven its effectiveness against monkeypox in the past.

As of August 5, GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX) has gained 41.85% over the past six months.

At the close of Q1 2022, 2 hedge funds were bullish on GeoVax Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOVX) and held stakes worth $0.51 million in the company. Of these, Armistice Capital was the leading shareholder with stakes worth $0.43 million.

7. Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:APDN)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 2

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:APDN) develops and markets DNA-based technology solutions for use in nucleic acid-based vitro diagnostics and preclinical nucleic-acid-based drug development and manufacturing markets. The company is a leader in polymerase chain reaction technologies and on August 2, announced that it has initiated analytical validation of its PCR-based monkeypox virus test that is mapped onto the genetic signature of the monkeypox virus. As of August 5, Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:APDN) has surged 73.51% over the past six months.

On August 4, Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:APDN) announced a $12 million stock offering at $4 per share. The offering comprises of 3 million common shares of the company with Series A and Series B warrants to purchase up to 3 million additional shares each. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:APDN) said that it will use the net proceeds to further the development of its Therapeutic DNA Production and MDx Testing Services. The offering is expected to close on August 8, 2022.

At the end of Q1 2022, 2 hedge funds were long Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:APDN) and held stakes worth $1.01 million in the company. This is compared to 2 positions in the previous quarter with stakes worth $0.22 million. As of March 31, Armistice Capital owns 0.45 million shares of Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:APDN) and is the largest shareholder in the company.

6. Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 5

Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) operates as a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that focuses on discovering, acquiring, developing, and licensing therapeutics and diagnostics to treat and prevent human diseases. The company’s portfolio is concentrated in immunology, rare disease, infectious disease, and central nervous system products. The company’s treatment for smallpox and monkeypox is the TNX-801 vaccine.

On July 28, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) announced that it will be working with the Kenya Medical Research Institute to seek regulatory approval for and conduct a Phase 1 clinical study in Kenya to develop TNX-801 as a vaccine to protect against monkeypox and smallpox. The study is expected to commence in the first half of 2023.

At the close of Q1 2022, 5 hedge funds disclosed ownership of stakes in Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP). These funds held collective stakes of 5.81 million.

In the first quarter of 2022, Renaissance Technologies raised its stakes in Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) by 80%, bringing them to $4.42 million. As of March 31, Renaissance Technologies owns more than 19.2 million shares of Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) and is the largest shareholder in the company.

Unlike Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) is leading the healthcare industry to combat the monkeypox virus.

 

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