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Ron Struthers Ron Struthers of Struthers Stock Report shares that the S&P Biotech SPDR is over 60% this year and trading around $100 a share. He also details how well he has down, buying under valued cash-rich biotechs in 2023, and shares one stock he believes it worth looking into.

As I have commented before, Biotech stocks ran up with the COVID-19 pandemic, and then they fell by 60% from early 2021 to late last year. This put in a triple bottom, and now, the sector has picked up steam with a clear break out on the chart.

The S&P Biotech SPDR, XBI, which tracks biotech stocks, is up over 60% this year, trading around $100/share. In contrast, the S&P 500 is up by 23%.

We have done extremely well buying undervalued cash-rich biotechs. TRML, NKTX, ACET, and NKTR made it four in a row with an average gain of +126% in a matter of months. Two we still own and will likely rise further.

I suggested selling TRML for a +190% gain and NKTX for a 240% gain. I am going for five in a row and this one could have the largest gain because it is from such a low price.

NuGen Medical Devices

Recent Price - $0.13

52-week trading range - $0.09 to $0.31

Shares outstanding - 205.5 million

NuGen is a leading developer of needle-free devices to administer therapeutics subcutaneously.

Currently, they are marketing and selling their next-generation InsuJet needle-free injection system, which is designed to improve the lives of millions of diabetics.

NuGen Medical Devices (NGMD:CSE;NGMDF:OTC) has very disruptive technology in the medical field. There are a number of companies and numerous continuous glucose monitors that are not non-invasive, while some could be described as minimally invasive.

However, when it comes to injecting insulin for high glucose readings, there is virtually no competition for NuGen's InsuJet at this time. InsuJet is approved for sale in 42 countries around the world.

They have first to market advantage and have already started to penetrate the market in a big way with numerous sales agreements, potentially worth 100s of millions.

The device is simple to use, as shown in this 1-minute video. NuGen expects to generate the majority of revenue from the sale of associated (required) consumables, including nozzles and adapters. This recurring revenue is just like the old "razor-razor blade" model.

This next graphic illustrates the difference between InsuJet and a needle injecting through the skin. The InsuJet injection disperses more broadly without a needle and is absorbed faster than a needle injection, allowing more flexibility in timing for the diabetic patient.

The market for NuGen's solution is huge, so even if they capture 5% or 10% of it would mean enormous revenues. Let's take a quick look at this potential market.

Diabetes/Insulin Market is Huge

Globally, there are over 700M diabetics; ~92% are Type 2 (+ other), and about 8% are Type 1. Not all Type 2 have to take insulin, but Type 1 are dependent on it, or they die. Of those who take insulin, 2 to 4 daily injections are the norm.

The insulin required to treat type 2 diabetes is expected to increase by more than 20% from 2018 to 2030.

Key facts from WHO:

  • The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Prevalence has been rising more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation.
  • Between 2000 and 2019, there was a 3% increase in diabetes mortality rates by age.
  • In 2019, diabetes and kidney disease due to diabetes caused an estimated 2 million deaths.

NuGen is working on FDA approval for the U.S. market, and this is a huge opportunity. This graphic is from the U.S. Centre of Disease Control (CDC).

Clinical evidence and efficacy of InsuJet – Management All the Right Stuff

Clinical evidence of InsuJet is supported by four peer-reviewed clinical studies published in academic journals from 2011 to 2016. The efficacy of InsuJet shows improved insulin uptake of upward of 40%. Clinical studies, certificates, and InsuJet reports are found on the InsuJet website. I have followed the company for a few years, and it needs some cleaning up and better direction.

That started when Tony Di Benedetto, the executive chairman, got involved, and many of you may remember his name from Drone Delivery. He left Drone Delivery three or four years ago, but while he was there, the stock went from around $0.15 to over $2.00.

He is a Canadian technology entrepreneur with over 30 years of hands-on experience in building, operating, and divesting technology companies. Most recently, Mr. Di Benedetto was the co-founder of Drone Delivery Canada (FLT:TSXV), which he took public and successfully raised over $120M in equity financing, achieving market capitalization in excess of $550M

Another important management change was announced on November 1, 2023, as they appointed Ian Heynen as the company's new chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2023.

Mr. Heynen is recognized in the med-tech industry as a top-performing industry executive with decades of experience leading technology-driven organizations, including operational start-ups, turnaround situations, and accelerated growth companies. Mr. Heynen has experience leading and managing P&Ls (profits and losses) for North American and international businesses with multisite divisions and gross revenues of up to $600 million-plus.

Most notably, Mr. Heynen was integral to the launch and growth of the start-up Sentinelle Medical, attracting the multinational buyer Hologic Inc. At Hologic, he held multiple positions, culminating in the role of acting president, where he was responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Canada, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific regions, leading an international business with multisite divisions and over 1,000 key associates, generating gross revenues of $600-million-plus.

Mr. Heynen holds a CMA-MBA combined program (graduate gold medalist) from Wilfrid Laurier University (Toronto, Ont.) and a master's in applied sciences in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, B.C.). He also holds a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ont.).

From the November press release, "I saw an incredible opportunity with NuGen to quickly grow the company globally. My experience and expertise fit perfectly with the trajectory of NuGen and its management team. As a seasoned med-tech company builder of over 20-plus years, I am excited to make a difference and fired up with the opportunities ahead," commented Mr. Heynen.

Nicky Canton, COO, has a background in industrial design engineering as well as business administration with more than 13 years of experience in product development, manufacturing, and regulatory compliance of healthcare products and, more particularly, needle-free injection systems. Nicky has been involved from the early development of the current InsuJet™ needle-free injector and has been responsible for both development and production scale-up.

Louise Cresswell, Commercial Lead – United Kingdom, has extensive experience in the healthcare sector, starting her career in the NHS, where she qualified as a Registered Nurse. For a few key points, her commercial career began with Ethicon, J&J, as a sales representative and progressed to regional manager and business development manager. Then, the role of sales director for BD Medical (UK), specializing in injection and infusion technologies, progressed her commercial and management skills and leadership experience in both clinical, sales, and marketing teams. She worked on supply chain efficiency for the supply of products into NHS Supply Chain warehouses through her leadership of the UK and European multi-disciplinary supply chain optimization project.

I had an extensive conversation with Tony Benedetto and new CEO Ian Heynen. I really like the direction in which Mr. Heynen is taking the company. He is working on collaboration agreements with pharmaceutical companies and government health agencies in numerous countries to get InsuJet as a sponsored and recommended medical device.

For example, in the UK, NuGen's InsuJet is the only needle-free device approved by the country's free national healthcare system (NHS); there's no cost for diabetics to switch from needles to InsuJet and no cost to use it. They just need a prescription from a doctor for the device.

Sales Are Growing and Just Starting to Ramp Up

NuGen announced a number of sales agreements in the last half of 2023.

As of December 17, 2023, Verrue Consulting Group BV, a limited liability company in Belgium, became an official distributor for NuGen's needle-free InsuJet device. The term of the distribution agreement with Verrue is five years, and NuGen estimates sales to be approximately $2.4 million if target quantities of 7,300 devices over the term of the agreement are met.

As of December 12, 2023, Advance Medical Life Co. Ltd., a limited liability company domiciled in Bangkok, Thailand, became the exclusive distributor for NuGen Medical Devices Inc.'s needle-free InsuJet device aimed at improving the delivery of care and life for millions of diabetics worldwide. InsuJet is approved for sale in Thailand as a medical device.

The term of the distribution agreement is five years, and NuGen estimates the sales to be approximately $4.9 million if target sales of 29,000 devices over the five years are met. The company expects a gross margin of 72%.

November 2023, NuGen learned that the Mexican government had completed the registration of NuGen's needle-free InsuJet injection device for sale throughout the country as a medical device. In May 2023, NuGen received its first bulk purchase order from Science-Link Trading SAPI de CV, a health and wellness company in Mexico, for the Mexican market for 500 units of the company's needle-free InsuJet injection device, followed by an additional 2,000 units and consumables. At target, the total transaction value for 2023 and 2024 orders is estimated to have a lifetime value of $6.2 million (U.S.) to 2027, as previously reported by the company on June 2, 2023.

July 2023, NuGen entered into a distribution agreement for its needle-free InsuJet medical device and consumables with Sol-Millennium Medical Inc. (Sol-M) of Chicago, Ill., for a term of five years, which NuGen estimates the value at approximately $204 million with estimated gross margins of 72%. Sol-M is one of the world's largest designers and distributors of needles, syringes, and diabetic supplies.

Sol-M is now the preferred distributor of InsuJet in Canada, Brazil, France, and Spain, where Sol-M has an extensive existing business footprint in the safety syringe and the diabetic supply business and where InsuJet is approved for sale as a medical device. Sol-M will be required to fulfill minimum yearly purchases to maintain its five-year distribution rights, which NuGen estimates to be approximately $132 million.

Once NuGen gets FDA approval in the U.S., this agreement with Sol-M will have more value.

Conclusion and Beyond Insulin

Single-use needle injections are hazardous waste and costly. Used needles need to be disposed of in special containers as they must be segregated & incinerated.

Daily use of needles can cause bruises, soreness, itchiness, scarring, numbness, and areas of discolored skin. Imagine if needles could be avoided entirely.

No pain, infections, fear / apprehension, bruises, soreness or discolored skin, or "sharps disposal" headaches.

Insulin is merely a start or stepping stone to multiple drugs. What is all the craze now is these weight loss drugs that are expensive injections. The one I hear constantly advertised is Ozempic; they even have a nice jingle in their ads. Also, check this article out in the UK's Daily Mail. NuGen has already made good inroads in the UK medical market.

Goldman Sachs reports that up to 70M Americans could be using weight loss drugs by 2028, nearly eight times the number of insulin users in the U.S. I estimate that just 5.0% penetration of that segment would be 3.5 M people using NuGen's needle-free system.

The Ozempic injection pens will give out four to six doses, so they will use four to six needles. That seems like a lot of costly and hazardous waste. The NuGen system could potentially last an Ozempic user years with no needles and only needing a supply of dosage cartridges as appropriate. Keep in mind I am just speculating as NuGen is not approved for Ozempic or any other weight loss drugs yet. I am just pointing out future potential.

There will be resistance in some areas to change. Some companies make a lot of money selling single-use, disposable needles. By far the biggest player is Becton, Dickinson & Co. R&D for needles is quite low. Companies like Becton have little incentive to risk their cash cow needle business, especially as needle-free would cannibalize their franchise, but that will happen in a matter of time. Sometimes, in cases like this, they buy out the competition. So, consider NuGen to be a takeover target down the road.

Remember, there is a risk for a small company to execute sales, and they may have to do future financing that could be dilutive to shareholders. All this considered, along with the current stock price and stock chart, I believe the risk/reward looks very compelling here. On the chart, there is strong support, around 10 cents, and the first resistance is at 15 cents, so it would not take much for an upside break out.

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  1. Ron Struthers: I, or members of my immediate household or family, own securities of: Adicet Bio, Nektar Therapeutics, and NuGen Medical Devices. My company has a financial relationship with NuGen Medical Devices. I determined which companies would be included in this article based on my research and understanding of the sector.
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