The recent formation of an index focused on health product innovators illustrates both the upside and the stability of the medtech arena.
The index includes companies which get approvals for drugs or biological agents classified as new chemical entities (i.e. excluding all new formulations of existing drugs, generic drugs, and label extensions for existing products). Also, companies which receive original PMA approvals for new medical devices are included in the index, excluding the less rigorous and more numerous 510(k) applications.
The goal of the index is to track the performance of companies which are developing innovative new drugs and medical devices to see whether their investment in R&D pays off in the form of better stock price performance compared to benchmark ETFs for pharma, biotech, medical devices, and the overall healthcare sector.