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Best Performing Biotech Stocks of 2020

Updated Aug 5, 2020
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 2020 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 Aug 5, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Biotech stocks are listed below.
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Top Biotech Stocks With Highest Returns

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) Novavax, Inc. (NVAX) 2) Vaxart, Inc. (VXRT) 3) Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (ACHV) 4) iBio, Inc. (IBIO) 5) Altimmune, Inc. (ALT)
 6) Genprex, Inc. (GNPX) 7) Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CYCC) 8) Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (TRIL) 9) Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (ADAP) 10) Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INO)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 447 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:

Novavax

Novavax, Inc. (Novavax), incorporated on June 18, 1987, is a clinical-stage vaccine company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant nanoparticle vaccines and adjuvants. The Company operates through ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Novavax.
The Maryland, MD-headquartered company Novavax, Inc. (NVAX) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Biotech of 2020. The Health Care sector business falls under the Biotech Biological Products industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Novavax has changed by 4259.05 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $3.98 per share and year-to-date closing price of $173.49 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $105.78 million to $10.18 billion during the same period. Along with Biotech, the company is also in the business of Health Care, Biotech Biological Products, Biotech Products, Biotechnology, Healthcare, among other usual products and services. Novavax continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Vaxart

Vaxart, Inc., a clinical-stage company, engages in the discovery and development of oral recombinant protein vaccines based on its proprietary oral vaccine platform. The company's product pipeline includes tablet vaccines that are designed to protect against norovirus, seasonal influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus. It is also developing therapeutic immune-oncology vaccines ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Vaxart.
During the given months of the year 2020, Vaxart, Inc. (VXRT) was successful in generating YTD returns of 2660 percentage which helped it gain the number two spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the USA-based Vaxart closed at a price of $0.35 per share, while it traded at a price of $9.66 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $17.09 million to $1.05 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 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 Healthcare sector business.

Achieve Life Sciences

Achieve Life Sciences, Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes smoking cessation aids in the United States and internationally. The company offers Cytisine, a plant-based alka ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Achieve Life Sciences.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (ACHV) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, the Health Care sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Healthcare. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Achieve Life Sciences has so far gained 2113.21 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $0.53 per share and year-to-date price of $11.73 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $13.27 million to $22 million. The stock of Achieve Life Sciences continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

iBio

iBio, Inc., incorporated on April 17, 2008, is a biotechnology company. The Company is focused on commercializing its technologies and product candidates and providing product development and manufacturing services to ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of iBio.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands iBio, Inc. (IBIO), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.25 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $4.39 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. It translates to a change of 1656 percentage. The Delaware, DE-headquartered Health Care sector company also saw its market value change from $7.95 million to $631.66 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, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Altimmune

Altimmune, Inc., a clinical stage immunotherapeutic biotechnology company, focuses on discovering and developing immunotherapies and vaccines to address the unmet medical needs. The company develops NasoVAX, an ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Altimmune.
The Gaithersburg, MD-based Health Care sector company Altimmune, Inc. (ALT) holds the number five spot among the best performing stocks of the Biotech sector. Classified as the Healthcare business, the stock price of Altimmune ended the previous year at a price of $1.89 per share while it reached the level of $27.16 apiece as of Aug 5, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 1337.04%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $869.19 million. Few leading stock market index includes Altimmune in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Genprex

Genprex, Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy biotechnology company, develops immunogene therapy products for treating cancer. Its lead drug candidate is Oncoprex, which is in Phase II clinical trials for the tr ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Genprex.
Genprex, Inc. (GNPX) has moved by 1012.5 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Health Care sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $0.32 apiece to the price of $3.56 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Aug 5, 2020. The smart run of the Austin, TX-based Healthcare sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $6.16 million to $137.52 million over the same duration. Genprex is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Cyclacel Pharma

Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops medicines for the treatment of cancer and other proliferative diseases. The company's oncology development programs include sapaci ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cyclacel Pharma.
The number seven spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Biotech sector is taken by Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CYCC). The company's stock price changed from $0.67 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $5.01 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 647.76 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the New Jersey, NJ-based Health Care sector company was from $11.52 million to $24.35 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.

Trillium Therapeutics

Trillium Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, develops therapies for the treatment of cancer. The company's lead program is TTI-621, a SIRPaFc fusion protein that acts a soluble decoy receptor preventing CD47 from delivering its inhibitory signal, which is in Phase I clinical trial for advanced hematologic malignancies, and solid ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Trillium Therapeutics.
Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL) generated percentage returns of 637.86 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $1.03 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $7.6 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $28.62 million to $630.73 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 Canada, 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.

Adaptimmune Therapeutics

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, incorporated on December 03, 2014, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on cancer immunotherapy products based on its Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor (SPEAR) ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Adaptimmune Therapeutics.
The United Kingdom-based Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (ADAP) belongs to the Health Care sector and is categorized as a Biotech Biological Products company. The stock of Adaptimmune Therapeutics ended the previous year at a price of $1.2 per share. As of Aug 5, 2020, the stock price has reached $8.72 apiece, which indicates a change of 626.67 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Biotech for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $126.2 million. It has now changed to $1.34 billion as of writing.

Inovio Pharma

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Inovio), incorporated on June 15, 2001, is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, which is involved in developing deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) immunotherapies and vaccines focused on treating and preventing ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Inovio Pharma.
Based on the market-cap change from $330.03 million to $3.45 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $3.3 per share to a price of $21.79 per share as of Aug 5, 2020, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INO) was successful in generating YTD returns of 560.3 percentage. Standing at the number ten rank in the top performing list of Biotech stocks, the Pennsylvania, PA-based Inovio Pharma is categorized as the Medical Dental Instruments 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.
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