BION is a Switzerland-domiciled investment company, targeting attractive long-term returns from predominantly mid-/large-cap biotech companies with established product portfolios (sales and earnings) and promising pipeline candidates. It is benchmarked against the NASDAQ Biotech Index, but is managed bottom-up with a concentrated 20-35 stock portfolio.
BB Biotech (BION) is a Switzerland-based closed-end fund focusing on the high-growth opportunities available in the global biotechnology space. Founded in 1993 by industry specialist Bellevue Asset Management, BION holds a concentrated (c 30–35 stocks) portfolio of biotech names, which are diversified across a range of clinical focuses. The fund’s strong record of NAV outperformance versus the headline NASDAQ Biotechnology index has suffered a setback in the past 12 months. However, the managers remain optimistic on medium-term clinical catalysts and have recently refreshed the portfolio with a number of new holdings. BION has a policy of paying c 5% of its share price annually as a dividend, which, along with a shift in the shareholder base to include more long-term investors and fewer discount players, has supported a strong re-rating in the shares. The fund has traded at an average 7.1% premium to NAV in the past 12 months.