After a two-month 32% swoon in the value of the BioWorld Gene Therapy index, it has managed to recover 6% of that loss since the end of September. Contributing to the recovery was Menlo Park, Calif.-based Adverum Biotechnologies Inc., whose shares (NASDAQ:ADVM) jumped almost 80% in the period.
It has been a productive year for cell and gene therapy companies, and every week the sector never fails to generate exciting news flow to keep investors engaged. Given these ongoing developments, it is not surprising that companies involved in the area continue to attract financing and strategic partners.
A total of 18 med-tech companies that have gone public on U.S. exchanges this year are showing a positive percentage change in stock value on average of 43%, despite large price drops for Personalis Inc. and Guardion Health Sciences Inc.
Medtronic plc, of Dublin, reported good news in terms of its quarterly results Tuesday, with key revenue segments coming in line with or beating expectations. Wells Fargo's Larry Biegelsen noted that coronary and structural heart sales of $955 million exceeded the consensus of $949 million and his organization's $923 million estimate. The company pointed to its transcatheter aortic valves as helping in the boost, following the expansion into the low-risk patient population.