Innovative Health Care Portfolio, Series 18
Innovation is important to the success of any business, but may be most profound in the health care sector with the potential to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of millions. Innovation
in the health care sector is accelerating. Advances include cutting edge gene and cell therapies, the use of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning tools, the application of database systems, and
other innovations from outside the industry. We believe transformative shifts within the health care sector are creating opportunities for companies that embrace innovation in today’s new era of
technological and medical advances.
As researchers and companies work to apply the latest advances in lifesaving medical drugs and devices, the government has been working to streamline its drug and device approval process. Statistics
show a need for more efficiency in the health care system to prioritize early diagnoses and prevention of diseases. The health care industry is undergoing fundamental transformations as a shift toward
an aging population, prevalence of chronic diseases and advances in innovative technologies continue to increase health care demand and expenditures. According to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS), from 2022-2031 it is projected that health care spending will grow at an average rate of 5.4% annually.
Access To Transforming Themes
The Innovative Health Care Portfolio provides access to health care companies that are
involved in areas that we believe are driving innovation:
Robotic Surgery | Surgical robots are relied upon to assist human surgeons, aiding in procedures
that require great precision. The global market for surgical robots is expected to experience a
compound annual growth rate of 18% from 2023-2030, according to Grand View Research.
Rare Disease | According to the World Economic Forum, approximately 7,000 rare diseases have
been identified and affect approximately 475 million people worldwide, but the vast majority of
them have no specific treatment.
Gene and Cell Therapy | This type of therapy targets DNA or RNA inside or outside of the body.
Currently, there are more than 2,800 cell and gene therapies in development to target a
broad range of diseases.1
Electronic Health Care | The global electronic health records (EHR) market size was estimated
at $28.1 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of
4.1% from 2023 to 2030.2 EHR solutions may play a key role in providing value based personalized
health care and seek to provide the best outcome for patients by providing more effective clinical
workflow, support for clinical decision making, patient safety, and ensuring fewer medical errors.
Infectious Disease | Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as
bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one
person to another. Worldwide, one of the leading infectious diseases is tuberculosis (TB) which
is estimated to have caused approximately 1.6 million deaths in 2021.3
Investment in infectious disease has the potential to prevent needless deaths, dramatically
reduce health care costs and improve the quality of life for millions.
Oncology | The global oncology/cancer drugs market was valued at $185.0 billion in 2022 and
is estimated to rise to $484.3 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 13.0% from 2023 to 2030.4
Advanced Life Sciences | The combination of technology and health care, or life science, is a
broad and growing sector of the economy. According to a report from Cushman & Wakefield, rapid
technological advances and surging demand from an aging population are creating a positive
environment for life sciences growth.
1 American Society of Gene + Cell Therapy and Citeline (formerly Pharma Intelligence)
2 Grand View Research
3 World Health Organization
4 Fortune Business Insights
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