11. September 2020 | 09:59 CET
BioNTech, CureVac, Valeo Pharma - Growth after capital injection
Anyone working in the medical sector knows that the development of therapies and products usually costs a lot of time and especially a lot of money. In the race against the spread of the current Corona pandemic, there are major changes in the industry, because whoever comes to the market with a product first is de facto guaranteed high sales and profits. However, there is not much time left for the development of a vaccine against Covid-19 and to reduce the economic damage, researching companies have virtually unlimited amounts of money available. Whoever finds a solution against Covid-19 will certainly have the right team in the starting blocks in the fight against the subsequent Corona viruses.
time to read: 3 minutes by Mario Hose
VALEO PHARMA INC - Growth strategy with profit margin
The Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company Valeo Pharma is focused on commercialization of innovative prescription products in Canada. With a focus on neurodegenerative diseases, oncology products and specialty products for hospitals, Valeo Pharma claims to have a growing portfolio of innovative products and a mature infrastructure that enables it to manage these products properly through all stages of commercialization.
Valeo Pharma therefore offers investors the advantage that the company does not carry out its own research or development and therefore does not have to incur high costs before bringing products to market. The company collaborates with other pharmaceutical companies specializing in research into active ingredients and therapies. In connection with the current Corona pandemic, the company and its partner Ingenew have successfully launched Hesperco's market introduction in Canada and are now taking care of the commercialization of the product.
Pierre Laurin, CEO of Ingenew, explained the importance of the compound in a press release: "There is a strong scientific and medical rationale for the use of Hesperco capsules to support the immune system and potentially fight off symptoms associated with Corona viruses such as the one that causes COVID-19. Thousands of compounds have been evaluated since the start of the pandemic and the active compound in Hesperco capsules has been repeatedly reported to be one of the best candidate to interfere with the mechanisms SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect our cells. (…)“
In order to increase its own growth and the marketing of its products, Valeo Pharma has successfully completed an equity financing of CAD 6.9 million. "We are very pleased to have completed this bought deal financing with strong investor demand from a broad base of new shareholders. The proceeds of this financing will be used to support the launch of several new products in the coming months and to accelerate new growth opportunities," said Steve Saviuk, CEO of Valeo Pharma.The advantage of the company is that access to physicians can be used more intensively with a growing and high-margin product portfolio - without research risks.
BIONTECH SE ADR - Preparations are in full swing
The German biotechnology company BioNTech was able to attract public attention through its collaboration with the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer shortly after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic. In the meantime, the company is one of the hopefuls in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. A further collaboration with another company now makes it clear that the availability of a vaccine is becoming increasingly likely in the near future.
Yesterday, BioNTech together with the German pharmaceutical company Dermapharm announced that the two companies will cooperate in the production of the Covid-19 vaccine. According to the announcement, the capacities will be available right from the start of vaccine production, and if the vaccine is approved quickly, up to 100 million units will be produced worldwide this year, and then a total of 1.3 billion units by the end of 2021.
CUREVAC NV - Further government research funds
Another German biotech company is also leading the race for an effective corona vaccine. In recent weeks, CureVac was not only able to announce a successful IPO and the visit of Elon Musk, but the Federal Ministry of Research has promised the company up to a further EUR 252 million for the development of a vaccine.
From France, the pharmaceutical group Sanofi has already made a statement about a possible price for a vaccine. According to Sanofi President Olivier Bogillot, the price of a Sanofi vaccine will be less than EUR 10 per dose. It is already clear, regardless of who wins the race, that the pharmaceutical industry has undergone a significant change and will benefit in the long term from increased efficiency in the development of active ingredients. Patients will also be able to benefit from the competitive situation and the potential product diversity.