Solactive Biotechnology Breakthrough Value Index
The Index is comprised of bio-technology companies which are publicly traded on various stock exchanges around the world that are actively engaged in the research, development and manufacture of orphan drugs. An “orphan drug” is a pharmaceutical product that has been developed specifically to treat rare diseases or disorders. A company is only eligible for inclusion in the Index if (1) it is of a sufficient size (determined by reference to the total market value of the proportion of its shares that are publicly traded) and (2) it is sufficiently “liquid” (a measure of how actively its shares are traded on a daily basis).
The universe of companies out of which the Index selection is made is refreshed annually in April. However, the Index is reconstituted semi-annually in April and October in accordance with the full selection criteria and all companies are equally weighted within the Index. On a monthly basis, the weight of each company is assessed and, if any of them exceeds 15% of the Index, the weights of all companies are adjusted so that they are again equally weighted within the Index.