ETF providers seem eager to take advantage of the popularity of biotechs recently. The biotech sector as measured by the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) was up 34% in 2014 and has seen its assets more than double in the past 18 months. In addition, five new biotech ETFs have been launched since the end of 2014 and four of them are targeting unique niches within the biotech universe. I covered one of those ETFs - the BioShares Biotechnology Clinical Trials ETF (NASDAQ:BBC) - recently and now another specialty biotech ETF has hit the market.
The ALPS Medical Breakthroughs ETF (NYSEARCA:SBIO) launched on December 31, 2014 and is targeting biotech and pharmaceutical companies that have one or more drugs currently in later stage clinical trials. According to the fund's fact sheet, the company needs to meet the following criteria in order to be considered for inclusion in the ETF:
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