Biotech stocks are known to be extremely volatile. They are also the most active stocks on the market sometimes. Some investors like them for their explosive gains, while others fear their sudden drops.
Here are 7 biotech stocks that are under $5. And they are all have stock options too.
SELLAS Life Sciences Group – SLS
SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc., a clinical-stage bio pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel cancer immunotherapies for various cancer indications. The company’s lead product candidate is galinpepimut-S (GPS), a wilms tumor 1 targeting peptide-based cancer immunotherapeutic agent, which has completed Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia and malignant pleural mesothelioma; is in Phase II clinical trials to treat multiple myeloma; and is in various development phases as a potential treatment for ovarian cancer. It also develops NeuVax that is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of breast cancer; GALE-301 and GALE-302, which have completed early stage trials in ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancers; and GALE-401, an anagrelide controlled release that has completed Phase II clinical trials in patients with essential thrombocythemia, as well as for the treatment of elevated platelets in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms. The company has strategic collaboration with Merck & Co., Inc. to evaluate GPS as it is administered in combination with PD1 blocker pembrolizumab in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial enrolling patients in up to five cancer indications, including hematologic malignancies and solid tumors; and Advaxis, Inc. on a research program to evaluate, through a proof of principle trial, a clinical candidate, which comprises the combination of proprietary Lm-based antigen delivery technology and GPS. SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.
GTx, Inc – GTXI
GTx, Inc., a bio pharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and prostate cancer. It focuses on the development of selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) for the treatment of breast cancer, SUI, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy; and selective androgen receptor degraders to treat progressive castration-resistant prostate cancer. The company’s lead SARM candidate is the enobosarm GTx-024, a Phase II open-label proof-of-concept clinical trial for patients with androgen receptor (AR) positive triple-negative breast cancer; and estrogen receptor positive and AR positive advanced breast cancer, as well as postmenopausal women with SUI. GTx, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
Versartis, Inc -VSAR
Versartis, Inc. operates as an endocrine-focused bio pharmaceutical company in the United States. It is developing somavaratan, a long-acting recombinant human growth hormone for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
Novavax, Inc – NVAX
Novavax, Inc., together with its subsidiary, Novavax AB, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of recombinant nanoparticle vaccines and adjuvants. Its lead adjuvant is Matrix-M that is used to enable a vaccine to enhance the amplitude of the immune response and qualitatively change it, enhance its specificity to provide protection against related microorganisms, as well as allows immunization with much lower doses of antigen. The company develops respiratory syncytial (RSV) virus fusion protein nanoparticle vaccine candidate for infants via maternal immunization in Phase III clinical trial; older adults in Phase II clinical trial; and children six months to five years of age in Phase I clinical trial. Novavax, Inc. also develops NanoFlu vaccine, which is in Phase I/II clinical trial for treating seasonal influenza in older adults; and Ebola virus glycoprotein vaccine that is in Phase I clinical trial. Its preclinical programs include Zika virus; combination respiratory vaccine candidate to protect against RSV and seasonal influenza, as well as other infectious disease vaccine candidates.
Athersys, Inc – ATHX
Athersys, Inc., a biotechnology company, focuses on the research and development activities in the field of regenerative medicine. Its clinical development programs are focused on treating neurological conditions, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory and immune disorders, and pulmonary and other conditions. The company’s lead platform product includes MultiStem cell therapy, an allogeneic stem cell product, which has completed Phase II study for treating patients suffering from moderate and severe ischemic stroke; that is in Phase II clinical study for treating patients with acute myocardial infarction; and, which is in Phase I/II clinical study for treating patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, as well as that has completed Phase I clinical study for patients suffering from leukemia or various other blood-borne cancers. It also develops MultiStem cell therapy to promote tissue repair and healing for animal patients, including those suffering from serious conditions with unmet medical need. The company has license and collaboration agreements with Healios K.K. to develop and commercialize MultiStem cell therapy for ischemic stroke in Japan; RTI Surgical, Inc. to develop and commercialize biologic implants for orthopedic applications in the bone graft substitutes market; the University of Minnesota to develop MultiStem cell therapy platform; and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to provide cell lines expressing well validated drug targets for compound screening and development. Athersys, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
Novelion Therapeutics Inc – NVLN
Novelion Therapeutics Inc., a bio pharmaceutical company, develops a portfolio of therapies for individuals living with rare diseases in the United States, Brazil, and internationally. The company’s commercial products include lomitapide hard capsule for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia in adults under the JUXTAPID and LOJUXTA brands; and metreleptin, a recombinant analogue of human leptin, which is indicated as an adjunct to diet as replacement therapy to treat the complications of leptin deficiency in patients with congenital or acquired generalized lipodystrophy under the MYALEPT brand. Its orphan drug-designated product candidate is zuretinol acetate, an oral synthetic retinoid, which is in development for the treatment of inherited retinal disease caused by underlying mutations in retinal pigment epithelium protein 65 and lecithin: retinol acyltransferase genes. The company was formerly known as QLT Inc. and changed its name to Novelion Therapeutics Inc. in November 2016. Novelion Therapeutics Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
Anavex Life Sciences Corp – AVXL
Anavex Life Sciences Corp., a clinical stage bio pharmaceutical company, engages in the development of drug candidates for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, other central nervous system diseases, pain, and various cancers. The company’s lead drug candidates include ANAVEX 2-73, which has completed Phase IIa clinical trials for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease; and in preclinical clinical trials to treat Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and Fragile X syndrome. Its preclinical drug candidates include ANAVEX 3-71 to treat Alzheimer’s disease; ANAVEX 1-41, a sigma-1 agonist; ANAVEX 1037 for the treatment of prostate cancer; and ANAVEX 1066, a mixed sigma-1/sigma-2 ligand for the treatment of neuropathic and visceral pain. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in New York, New York.
I am not recommending that you buy or sell any of these equities. I am not a financial adviser, and you may lose money in the stock market.