Aggressive investors seeking outsized returns move to medical device makers for home run results
Here are our three top medical technology companies for 2018!
It’s 2018, and once again, the market is in love with medical technology.
Medical devices -the med-tech sector- have been a top performer for the last five years running. Even better than biotech. And 2018 is more of the same.
The med-tech bull is loose again!
Medical devices beat the S&P by 103%, trounce biotechs, too!
You Know Where to Go, Now Zero In
There’s never been a better way to scoop up winners than to find the best companies in the market’s hottest sectors.
That’s why you should turn your attention to Zenosense, Inc. (OTC: ZENO), Thermo-Fisher (NYSE: TMO) and Merit Medical Systems (NASDAQ: MMSI) immediately.
That’s two medical device stalwarts with better than usual upside and one newcomer -ZENO- that could be your biggest winner in 2018.
This is how it goes in when med-tech is running high… Look at these gains in less than two years!
- AxoGen is up 512% in 21 months
- Novocure is up 266% in the last 14 months 2017
- Cutera has risen 372% in the past 20 months
And you don’t have to wait for winners, either. The S&P 500 is down 1% to start 1Q 2018, but 26 med-tech stocks are already showing off double-digit gains!1
Take Heart with This…
If you are drawn to sky-high potential like this, it doesn’t get any more exciting than Zenosense, Inc. (OTC: ZENO).
Zenosense, through a joint venture ownership in MIDS Medical Ltd, is developing a revolutionary hand-held device to diagnose heart attacks when the chance to save lives is greatest – in the first minutes of the golden hour, as soon as it happens.
This is “point-of-care” technology, the best possible medical approach. It means that whoever responds to a cry for help, paramedics, an emergency clinic, rescue squad, or nurse, can use the Zenosense device to put the patient on the right track within minutes. No need to wait as the clock ticks down for lab tests to come back, no need to worry during a 20-30-minute ambulance ride to wonder what’s really happening.
We recommend ZenoSense (ZENO) as a strong buy with the potential to reach $2.26 this year for as much as 495% gains.
Definitely, ZENO could have the biggest upside of all three stocks. But if you prefer the safety of well-entrenched industry leaders, you have other choices, too.
ThermoFisher is a leading scientific research company that is incorporating advances in genetics into its diagnostic tools. We see tremendous upside in this arena. Further, ThermoFisher’s leadership across in multiple medical technologies makes it a reliable long-term play – but also consider that this company could be a nice 25%-30% gainer in 2018.
Merit Medical Systems (MMSI) makes disposable medical devices used particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy procedures. Medical disposables have such high margins that some medical device makers earn more on the supplies for their machines than they do on the hardware itself. MMSI also has good potential for 25% to 30% before the year is out.
What to do now…
Do your homework of course. Put these three companies on your Watch List so you will get bulletins each time they make news!
But don’t dither waiting for lightening to strike. You’ll get burned that way. Med-tech stocks can move strongly and suddenly upward on good news.
That’s especially likely to happen at small companies on the verge of developing a new device like Zenosense. So right here, we’ll fill you in on key points you should know immediately.
The Zenosense Opportunity in Detail
ZENO: Targeting A Health Risk Too Big to Ignore
Cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of death globally – with 17.5 million deaths a year.2 It claims the lives of 1 in 4 Americans.3
That’s why patients reporting chest pain must immediately be investigated for a possible cardiac event. Standard procedure calls for getting the patient to a hospital quickly for an immediate ECG, complemented by blood tests for the cardiac markers troponin I or T to diagnose AMI.
However, an ECG, while accurate when results are found, is only sensitive enough to detect a myocardial infarction in about 55%-66% of cases.4 That’s why fast EKG’s need to be confirmed with blood tests performed on central laboratory analyzers.
These tests are impossible at present in the field, and the blood work can take an hour even after reaching the hospital – leaving first responders like paramedics doing the best they can.
Rapid diagnosis leads to giving patients the right treatment during the first “Golden Hour.” It’s a life or death difference for many. That speed is crucial to survival. Equally, ruling out billions in healthcare costs.
This is where smaller, more speculative Zenosense (ZENO) shines.
ZENO is developing a handheld device is designed to be used right at the Point of Care.
That promises to be a major stride forward for saving the lives of patients suffering heart attack symptoms.
To date there is no other instrument that can be used in emergency settings that can deliver true lab accuracy and provide a diagnosis during this crucial hour.
Aiming for Gold-Standard Accuracy
ZENO’s MIDS Cardiac™ is a hand-held device being developed to deliver high sensitivity, gold-standard laboratory accuracy in minutes. This means the right answer for patients as soon as possible – whether it’s in the emergency room, at the bedside, in the ambulance or on the street where the patient fell ill.
And here’s good news for investors watching ZENO – testing is going very well. In November, ZENO achieved a key milestone when it released initial successful test results for it MIDS Hybrid Test Strip. This “lab-on-chip” breakthrough means ZENO’s technology can achieve the highly accurate detection levels for a high sensitivity device and is ready to advance to the next step.
And remember, medical device companies don’t have to reach market to explode… ZENO already holds patents that make it the only company ready to take the MIDS Cardiac device to market.
Priced at well under $1 now, we expect to see ZENO reach $2.26 within months!
ZENO’s Market Potential and Position Among the Competition Is Inspiring
The global market for cardiac biomarker diagnostic tests is projected to reach $7.2 billion by 2018.
Several other companies are working to overcome the slow turnaround time for results from laboratory analyzers, including Abbott (NYSE:ABT), Roche (SIX:ROG), Alere (NYSE:ALR), and Trinity Biotech (NASD:TRIB). But none of them promises a true high-sensitivity instrument for instantaneous point of care diagnostics like the Zenosense MIDS Cardiac device is developing now.
For example Abbott (now the largest diagnostic company in the world with their acquisition of Alere) acquired i-Stat Corporation for $392 Million in 2003, (an amount which represents over 30X Zeno’s current value!).
i-Stat Corporation specialized in a hand-held blood analyzer for bedside testing and Abbott launched the i-Stat Troponin-I test for cardiac events in 2004. But that doesn’t mean it’s a true competitor to ZENO, because I-Stat cannot match the results of state of the art laboratory analyzers during the early onset of symptoms.
Even with that limitation, the need is so great that i-Stat is now Abbott’s leading handheld device and is used in more than one-third of all U.S. hospitals and emergency rooms.5 Imagine what will happen when a truly accurate ZENO device could be available!
ZENO Is Unique
Destined to be considerably more accurate that the i-Stat… ZENO’s device is a standout among massive competition.
For instance, Trinity Biotech, which claimed its device was “significantly more accurate than the current established point-of-care tests in the market”6 applied for FDA approval, but it didn’t go well. At the FDA’s request, Trinity abandoned its pursuit, admitting its device could not match the performance of the most recently cleared laboratory analyzer. 7
That leaves an enormous market opportunity ahead for a device like MIDS Cardiac™, which would not only deliver rapid results but become the first device on the market that also delivers true high sensitivity results equal or exceeding laboratory accuracy.
In fact, there’s another reason ZENO investors could clean up even before the MIDS device hits the streets-buyout!
As you’ve just seen, the largest med-tech corporations in the world are desperately searching for the tool that can give them primacy in the point-of-care cardiac market.
Believe us, they are watching every move small companies like ZENO make. With ZENO’s ground breaking results and a great team leading the research we see huge potential for a rewarding buyout sooner rather than later.
This is why we believe the medical device sub-sector is an excellent place for investors now. And we especially like the fact that it offers choices from blue-chip TMO, to the vital midcap MMSI, and finally to the most tantalizing young company that could rock the markets – ZENO.
|Great Growth Potential & ROI for investors in med-tech|
|The medical device industry has more than doubled the S&P index in the last two year.|
|MIDS Cardiac™ is a true blockbuster product and right now potentially the best market opportunity in the medtech sector.|
True Blockbuster Device in Pro Hands
Headquartered at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a world-class science and innovation campus located in the UK the ZENO development team has over thirty years cumulative experience in magnetic sensors in the medical and bioengineering field.
|Faster growth – Sci-Tech Daresbury companies have seen sales grow at 30%/year over the past 5 years|
|More investment – Daresburg companies raised over 80m to date.|
|500 new products and services in the last 4 years|
Incorporating the patented MIDS technology, MIDS Cardiac™ uses highly sensitive, custom built “Hall Effect” magnetic sensors embedded within a disposable microfluidic test strip as a “Lab-On-Chip” device.
This can detect extremely low levels (nano-Tesla) of magnetic field disturbance caused by the test particles used in immunoassay tests. That is what makes MIDS Cardiac™ different from anything else on the market. Detection at these levels is unheard of and should allow accuracy and speed of results, which will significantly accelerate the triage, diagnosis, treatment and disposition of patients reporting chest pain and with suspected AMI.
That’s why the ZENO team scientists give this small company such an edge:
Chief Scientific Officer
MIDS Medical Ltd.
|20 years expertise in Hall Effect technology and magnetic field measurement|
|Nanoparticle and sensor design for bio-medical and bio-sensing medical Point of Care devices.|
Chief Technology Officer
MIDS Medical Ltd.
|Successfully achieved MHRA approval for a device used in a clinical study undertaken for a previous employer|
|Brings specific expertise to MIDS in terms of system specification, development and integration, electronics design and software skills ensure that products meet regulatory requirements whilst maintaining reliability and ease of use for the end users|
This Is Special
We’ve already told you the MIDS device is striving to achieve gold-standard results right at the point of care. That alone will make it unique and open a huge slice of the cardiac healthcare market to ZENO.
But there’s a lot more behind this product’s likely future success that makes it a game changer for emergency medicine:
|A game-changing Point of Care sensitivity and accuracy improvement, equal or superior to high sensitivity cardiac biomarker assays performed on central laboratory analyzers|
|Patient friendly, tiny finger prick sample rather than treated venous blood draw|
|An industry leading tiny 5 microliter blood sample, 3 to 400 times smaller (1 assay) than existing Point of Care devices for cardiac marker tests|
|Test times 3 to 7 times faster (1 assay) than existing Point of Care devices|
|Capable of 3 multiplexed assays (3 cardiac biomarkers in a single test strip)|
|Automated operation by minimally trained personnel even in an ambulatory setting|
|Considerably more cost effective for healthcare providers than existing test devices|
Conclusion – There Are Three Great Stocks Here, but Only ZENO is the Potential Blockbuster
We like Thermo Fisher, especially for a conservative portfolio. And we believe MMSI’s growth rate should help it to do very well this year, though we have less faith in the longer term.
But we think investors looking for a home run should be excited about ZENO’s prospects.
We believe that a technology that can match or exceed state-of-the-art laboratory accuracy and deliver results rapidly in a cost-effective device the size of an average smart phone will be in universal demand. That’s what ZENO is promising, and looks likely to deliver.
Not only would ZENO’s device, the MIDS Cardiac™ meet a critical medical need for the first time, it would undoubtedly attract a very substantial valuation.
Here, i-Stat serves as a useful aid for diagnosis. Its device falls well short of the state of the art laboratory analyzers, and yet, it can command a price tag of nearly $400 million. That suggests that an enormous valuation for MIDS Cardiac™ is clearly achievable.
If the MIDS Cardiac device succeeds as we expect, the long term could be even more dynamic. By adapting the MIDS technology to numerous other immunoassay tests, ZENO could access a market that is projected to be worth $23.7 billion per year worldwide by 20198. The potential valuation becomes mind-boggling!
With unheard accuracy levels and industry leading features on every level MIDS Cardiac™ is a true blockbuster in the making and ZENO has the real potential to be the high growth stock of 2018 and way beyond.
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1 prices as of March 26, 2018