This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Swine Flu Biotech Bubble Primed to Burst

It's hard to know where to begin the debunking. But we'll try.

First off, the likelihood of any of these vaccines actually being used to inoculate people against the swine flu in 2009 or 2010 is microscopic.

As everyone knows, the governments of the world's wealthiest nations cast their lots months ago with the big-pharma makers of traditional vaccines. The U.S., for its part, has ordered 195 million doses from five giants, including GlaxoSmithKline (GSK - Get Report), Novartis (NVS - Get Report) and Sanofi Aventis (SNY - Get Report).

These companies' traditional vaccine recipes, most of which use chicken eggs as incubators, took decades to develop and commercialize. (Only about 15 vaccines have won regulatory approval in the last 75 years.)

They're also tried and true. Severe criticism did rain down on the chicken-egg production process after a worldwide vaccine shortage developed in the wake of a British manufacturing snafu in 2004. But in spite of this, the traditional vaccine makers still own the capacity to produced immense amounts of the stuff and at commodity pricing. Also, the vaccines that come out of the mills actually work well.

Thus, for the little biotech firm with dreams of shifting the vaccine paradigm, a daunting task awaits.
2 of 6

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
BCRX $10.68 0.66%
HEB $0.13 7.40%
GSK $40.94 1.10%
INO $7.36 -0.74%
NVS $85.97 0.86%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,888.35 +168.43 0.95%
S&P 500 2,102.63 +22.22 1.07%
NASDAQ 5,156.3060 +47.64 0.93%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs