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Best Performing Biotech Stocks of 2019

Updated Jul 3, 2019
Biotech, or biotechnology, is defined as the exploitation and use of biological processes for industrial, commercial and other requirements, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the generation, production and development of medicinal elements like antibiotics and hormones which can be used for therapeutic use. It is the technology that uses biological systems, living organisms or their parts to build and develop different products. The specialized sub-sector falls within the larger health care sector and involves activities like drug development, research, manufacturing and marketing in the field of biotech.
Among the big basket of Biotech stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Biotech stocks?
This article provides a list of Biotech stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2019 so far. till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Biotech stocks between the end of the previous year and Jul 3, 2019, and the top 10 return generating Biotech stocks are listed below.
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Top Biotech Stocks With Highest Returns

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Biotech sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (SBOT) 2) Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY) 3) Hemispherx BioPharma, Inc. (HEB) 4) AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation (APHB) 5) ARCA biopharma, Inc. (ABIO)
 6) Jaguar Animal Health, Inc. (JAGX) 7) Bioblast Pharma Ltd. (ORPN) 8) Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (GNCA) 9) ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Inc (CTRV) 10) aTyr Pharma, Inc. (LIFE)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 492 Biotech stocks with sorting features in a tabular format. Alternatively, one can also explore the List of Top Biotech ETFs.
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Performance of Top Biotech Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Stellar Biotechnologies

Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc., a biotechnology company, engages in the aquaculture, research and development, manufacture, and commercialization of keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) protein in Europe, North Ameri ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Port Hueneme, CA-based Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (SBOT) belongs to the Health Care sector and is categorized as a Major Pharmaceuticals company. The stock of Stellar Biotechnologies ended the previous year at a price of $0.91 per share. As of Jul 3, 2019, the stock price has reached $298098 apiece, which indicates a change of 32757921.98 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Biotech for the year 2019 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $4.85 million. It has now changed to $264.85 billion as of writing.

Insys Therapeutics

Insys Therapeutics, Inc., incorporated on June 15, 1990, is a commercial-stage specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company develops and commercializes supportive care products. Subsys is the Companys marketed product. Subsys is ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY) for being among the top performing stocks of 2019. Headquartered in Arizona, AZ, the Health Care sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Pharmaceuticals. Since the start of the year 2019, stock of Insys Therapeutics has so far gained 28571328.57 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $3.5 per share and year-to-date price of $1000000 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $259.95 million to $0 million. The stock of Insys Therapeutics continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Hemispherx BioPharma

Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. (Hemispherx), incorporated on December 17, 1990, is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the clinical development of drug therapies based on natural immune system ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2019, Hemispherx BioPharma, Inc. (HEB) was successful in generating YTD returns of 2127.78 percentage which helped it gain the number three spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2019 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Pennsylvania, PA-based Hemispherx BioPharma closed at a price of $0.18 per share, while it traded at a price of $4.01 per share as of Jul 3, 2019. The company's market cap changed from $8.82 million to $8.82 million during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Health Care industry sector and further specialized as a Biotech Biological Products sector business.

AmpliPhi Biosciences

AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation, incorporated on March 9, 1989, is a biotechnology company. The Company is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of phage therapeutics. The Company is engaged in ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation (APHB) has moved by 2019.33 percentage over the given period of 2019-YTD, helping it gain a place at number four among the top performing stocks. The Health Care sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $0.21 apiece to the price of $4.45 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Jul 3, 2019. The smart run of the Virginia, VA-based Biotech Biological Products sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $6.66 million to $148.96 million over the same duration. AmpliPhi Biosciences is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

ARCA biopharma

ARCA biopharma, Inc. (ARCA), incorporated on March 16, 2004, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is principally focused on developing genetically-targeted therapies for cardiovascular diseases. The Companys lead product candidate ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $4.64 million to $10.16 million during the given months of the year 2019 and the share price change from $0.34 per share to a price of $6.98 per share as of Jul 3, 2019, ARCA biopharma, Inc. (ABIO) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1952.94 percentage. Standing at the number five rank in the top performing list of Biotech stocks, the Colorado, CO-based ARCA biopharma is categorized as the Biotech In Vitro In Vivo Diagnostics sub-sector business which falls under the larger Health Care sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Jaguar Animal Health

Jaguar Animal Health, Inc., incorporated on June 6, 2013, is an animal health company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing gastrointestinal products for companion and production animals, foals, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Jaguar Animal Health, Inc. (JAGX), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.22 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $4.42 per share as of Jul 3, 2019. It translates to a change of 1909.09 percentage. The California, CA-headquartered Health Care sector company also saw its market value change from $6.59 million to $8.8 million. The Major Pharmaceuticals specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Bioblast Pharma

Bio Blast Pharma Ltd. (BioBlast), incorporated on January 22, 2012, is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the identification, licensing, acquisition, development and commercialization of drugs for ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Bioblast Pharma (ORPN) generated percentage returns of 1393.51 percent during the 2019 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $0.77 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $11.5 per share as of Jul 3, 2019. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $2.6 million to $0 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Health Care speciality business with further classification in the Major Pharmaceuticals sub-category. Based in Israel, the YTD performance of the Biotech sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.

Genocea Biosciences

Genocea Biosciences, Inc., incorporated on August 16, 2006, is harnessing the power of T cell immunity to develop vaccines and immunotherapies. The Company uses its discovery platform, AnTigen Lead Acquisition ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Biotech sector is taken by Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (GNCA). The company's stock price changed from $0.29 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $3.81 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 1213.79 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Massachusetts, MA-based Health Care sector company was from $24.85 million to $53.53 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Biotech sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

ContraVir Pharma

ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., incorporated on May 15, 2013, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on the development of antiviral drugs for the treatment of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The New Jersey, NJ-headquartered company ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Inc (CTRV) is ranked number nine among the best performing stocks of Biotech of 2019. The Health Care sector business falls under the Major Pharmaceuticals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2019, the stock price of ContraVir Pharma has changed by 1200 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.28 per share and year-to-date closing price of $3.64 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $4.67 million to $6.12 million during the same period. Along with Biotech, the company is also in the business of Health Care, Major Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, among other usual products and services. ContraVir Pharma continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

aTyr Pharma

aTyr Pharma, Inc., incorporated on October 8, 2005, is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company. The Company is engaged in the discovery and clinical development of medicines for patients suffering from severe, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The California, CA-based Health Care sector company aTyr Pharma, Inc. (LIFE) holds the ten spot among the best performing stocks of the Biotech sector. Classified as the Biotech Biological Products business, the stock price of aTyr Pharma ended the previous year at a price of $0.5 per share while it reached the level of $5.25 apiece as of Jul 3, 2019 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 950%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $19.13 million. Few leading stock market index includes aTyr Pharma in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
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