Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy Index Conducts Semi-Annual Rebalance
Five New Biotechnology Companies Added to the Index
Lenexa, KS -- June 18, 2019 -- Loncar Investments, LLC today announced the result of the semi-annual rebalance and reconstitution of the Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy Index, a stock index of top companies developing cancer immunotherapy treatments and discovering new ways to use the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
The Committee has added Autolus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AUTL), CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP), Precision BioSciences (Nasdaq: DTIL), ZIOPHARM Oncology (Nasdaq: ZIOP), and Zymeworks (NYSE: ZYME) to the index.
“The field of immunotherapy changes over time and our components naturally change with it,” said Brad Loncar, CEO of Loncar Investments and Chairman of the index committee. “The five companies being added today all focus on the development of cell therapies or bi-specific antibodies. Our exposure to checkpoint combinations, an area experiencing challenges, has been greatly reduced. Having recently returned from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago, I am optimistic about the promise that new technologies like these may hold in changing cancer care for the better.”
Effective this week, all index holdings have been rebalanced to hold equal weight. The index is rebalanced and reconstituted semi-annually. The next rebalance will occur on December 17, 2019.
Loncar Investments is an official partner of the Cancer Research Institute, the world’s longest running nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to harnessing the immune system’s power to conquer all cancers. To learn about how to give to CRI, please visit here .
Why immunotherapy: Cancer immunotherapy has become an important sector in the biotechnology space and is changing the way many cancers are treated. While traditional medicines like chemotherapies often give cancer a broad punch, the benefit of using immunotherapy is derived from the immune system's dynamic nature and the way it can more precisely be tailored to fight a patient's disease.
About the index: The Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy Index is an equal-weighted index of top immunotherapy companies rebalanced and reconstituted on a semi-annual basis. Price and return data are independently calculated on a daily basis by Indxx, LLC. Additional information can be found at the index’s dedicated website, www.LoncarIndex.com.
Index provider: Loncar Investments, LLC is committed to making the biotechnology space more approachable to a wider range of investors. It incorporates extensive research into biotech companies and technologies to develop stock market indexes that are focused on precise investment opportunities. The company is principally owned by biotech investor and analyst Brad Loncar.
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