• (1:00) - What Exactly Is mRNA Technology?
  • (7:45) - What Is The Major Advantage To Using mRNA?
  • (11:45) - Can mRNA Be Used To Fight Other Diseases?
  • (17:00) - What Is CRISPR and How Is It Used?
  • (27:30) - How Can Investors Gain Exposure To mRNA and CRISPR?
  • (35:45) - Loncar China BioPharma ETF: CHNA
  • (47:50) - Episode Roundup: [email protected]


In this episode of ETF Spotlight, I speak with Brad Loncar, CEO of Loncar Investments, index provider for the Cancer Immunotherapy ETF CNCR and the China BioPharma ETF CHNA.

2020 was the most challenging year in decades but it was great for scientific innovation, particularly in the biotech space. Scientists were able to develop safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in record time. Two of these vaccines, developed by Moderna MRNA and BioNTech BNTX in partnership with Pfizer PFE, use a new technique called mRNA.

Unlike old-fashioned vaccines, which introduce a dead or weakened virus into the body, mRNA vaccines teach cells how to make a protein similar to one found on the virus, for triggering the body’s immune reaction. Can this powerful technology be used for treating other diseases?

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year for their work developing the CRISPR, gene-editing technology.  What is CRISPR? Can CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies be used to battle viruses and cure genetic diseases?

Brad likes Moderna, BioNTech, Translate Bio TBIO and CureVac CVAC for investing in mRNA, and while he is very bullish on the CRISPR technology, he is bearish on popular gene-editing stocks like CRISPR Therapeutics CRSP and Editas EDIT. Tune into the podcast to learn more.

CHNA is the best performing China focused ETF this year and it is also the top performer in the healthcare space. Why should investors look at China’s pharmaceutical and biotech industry?

Broad biotech ETFs like the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF IBB and SPDR S&P Biotech ETF XBI are also worth a look as they offer a safer way of investing in this volatile space with high growth potential.

Make sure to be on the lookout for the next edition of the ETF Spotlight! If you have any comments or questions, please email [email protected].

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Disclosure: Neena owns IBB and XBI in the ETF Investor Portfolio.

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