Success or failure on the stock markets this year depended almost entirely on whether a company’s devices could be used to treat coronavirus patients.
US drug stocks were shielded from bigger falls in the first quarter by leading coronavirus researchers, leaving groups listed in Japan and Europe to tumble harder.
The coronavirus pandemic wiped billions from global drug stock valuations in the first quarter, with the few gainers failing to offset huge losses elsewhere.
New products and strategic execution buoyed mid and small-cap medtechs, while safety worries took down one former high-flier.
Drug makers from across the globe feature in 2019’s list of best performing small biotech stocks, from Galapagos to Daiichi Sankyo to Arrowhead.
If the first three quarters of 2019 were dominated by pricing fears, the last saw a remarkable comeback for biopharma.
The good times continue to roll for big cap device makers, with two companies doubling their market value, and not a single share price fall.
Daiichi Sankyo’s incredible stock market performance stands out amid the usual mixed bag of fallers and risers among biopharma’s mid- and small caps.
Non-US big biopharma stocks led the way in the third quarter, suggesting that those looking for investment gains would do best to search further afield.