The expert view on healthcare investments in a new age
Healthcare investments have long played a key role within our discretionary portfolios. But now health is also the most pressing issue on the global agenda. The world has never before paid so much attention to healthcare or contemplated the difficulties we currently face.
In this video, our Deputy Chief Investment Officer Justin Oliver, chats with Dan Mahony, Co-Head of Healthcare at active fund manager Polar Capital about the incredible pace of change driven by the pandemic and the healthcare investments trends emerging from it. Dan previously worked as a research scientist, having achieved a first in biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a PhD in developmental biology from the University of Cambridge.
Discover how complex and fast changing healthcare has become, encompassing many different business types and as many investment opportunities. This dynamic sector has expanded beyond the drug companies to include biotechnology, life science research tools, supply chain logistics and more. Dan explains that the number of companies trying to crack new treatments and a COVID-19 vaccine increases risk for investors, but if you diversify positive returns are achievable.
This video was recorded on 29 June.
When it comes to investment trends in healthcare, Dan sees the impact of technology and the structural changes it creates as a major factor. He also believes the speed of adoption (the pace at which new technologies and treatments are taken up) is more important now than ever before, if tricky even for the experts to predict.
The example he uses is the meteoric rise of ‘telehealth’ - live video consultations between medical practitioners and patients. Pre-pandemic, Mount Sinai, New York’s biggest hospital, was doing about 150 telehealth consults a month, now it averages 8 000 a day. That’s about five years’ worth of adoption in the space of three months.
Watch the video now for Dan’s thoughts on the vaccine we’re all eagerly waiting for and his insights into the US$8trn healthcare industry. At a time of amazing innovation, he explains what the future may hold and how investors can find exposure to areas of robust growth in this exciting sector.
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