Sixth Wave (CSE: SIXW, OTC: ATURF) Leaps Forward With Nanotech-Driven Rapid Pathogen Detection System

Sixth Wave Innovations Inc.
TSX Venture Exchange: SIXW
Shares Outstanding: 79.6 million
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1-Minute Summary

  • Rare microcap nanotechnology opportunity transitioning from R&D to global commercialization in multiple verticals (read our report on what they are working on in the mining sector.)
  • Led by a team of scientists, PhD’s, accomplished executives and a high profile advisory board.
  • Proprietary Molecularly Imprinted Polymers being developed to rapidly detect virtually limitless pathogens.
  • Backed by the Government of Nova Scotia’s C-19 Response Council and working with University of Alberta to fast-track development of rapid synthetic tests.
  • Accelerated MIPs platform can be quickly adapted to detect virus mutations and variants, it is highly scalable and does not carry risks (transport, storage, adaptability) associated with current biological antibodies.
  • Significant market opportunity exists for companies working to re-open economies, given severe bottlenecks for rapid testing and improved mask technology.

If researchers are successful, the AMIPs technology could be an affordable, reliable and easy-to-use method to rapidly detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and provide a platform for expanding the detection capability to almost any virus. The prompt diagnosis would allow even asymptomatic people to know if they have contracted the virus, dispensing with the delays, inconvenience and uncertainty of current testing practices.

Variants and Sixth Wave’s AMIPs (Accelerated Molecularly Imprinted Polymers)

Viral mutations and speed of mutation are areas of acute concern in the scientific community.   Though this has not made the news yet the possibility that these will totally invalidate any of the immunoassay based rapid tests is of particular concern.   Not only do we not know if they will still be capable of detecting variants; if they don’t or are significantly degraded then they are useless in monitoring the outbreak.  Sixth Wave (CSE: SIXW, OTCQB: ATURF) AMIPs (synthetic as opposed to organic) should be relatively unaffected by the current state of mutations because their system does not immobilize the virus using antibodies and does not respond to the detection based on the antibody/antigen binding mechanisms. MIPs are infinitely adaptable and easily scalable. For investors in shares of Sixth Wave, this could be a game changer.

Demand for rapid testing solutions will continue to outstrip supply for the foreseeable future, even with the development of vaccines – an almost incalculable opportunity exists for investors as this, and future, pathogens evolve.

Nanotech companies are quickly emerging as heroes in the race to commercialize adaptable, highly scalable platforms for rapid diagnostics, testing and detection.  Enabling “safe spaces” at home, work, public transportation and public spaces are paramount to containing and ultimately eliminating risk of spread.

Solutions are on the horizon and massive profits have already been realized by investors positioning early.

Kontrol Energy (CSE:KNR) has developed a real-time detection system by measuring air quality through their BioCloud device.  Kontrol’s shares were driven from $0.40 in June, hitting a high of $5.20 for a potential gain of over 1500%.

Shares in Sona Nanotech (CSE:SONA) soared from $0.13 in February hitting a high of $14.45 on July 27th for a heart pounding gain of over 11,000%. The company developed gold nanorods for use in lateral flow diagnostics for the detection of pathogens.

However on October 29th Sona Nanotech announced the “deprioritization’ by the FDA of their immunoassay test kit (also known as lateral flow immunoassays), cutting the company’s market valuation by more than 50%.

Companies such as Sona and ImmunoPrecise Antibodies (TSX Venture: IPA) are racing to develop antibody-based test kits in a highly crowded, incredibly competitive field. Antibody-based immunoassays are rife with risks associated to handling, storage and transportation of organic compounds required to enable these platforms.

In what may prove to be a game-changer in the race to develop a highly scalable, adaptable and non-organic (synthetic) solution, Sixth Wave Innovations (CSE: SIXW, OTCQB: ATURF) is rapidly moving forward with its own patented and patent-pending platform utilizing Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) for the rapid detection of pathogens.

In layman’s terms Molecular imprinting produces polymer beads specially formulated to capture a specific target molecule (pathogens in this case). The process creates cavities within the nanosized bead that match the shape of the target substance and then the particles “complete themselves” by filling the voids.

Utilizing nano-sized synthetic polymers for viral detection de-risks the platform significantly, and places the Company in it’s own theater away from the crowded field of organic immunoassay-based testing systems.

With Sixth Wave’s market capitalization floating around ~$20 million at this writing, Hot Stocks Review deconstructs this remarkable investment opportunity below.

Sixth Wave Innovations (CSE: SIXW, OTCQB: ATURF) has all the pieces in place to propel the company rapidly forward in its goal to provide a highly scalable solution to the ongoing health crisis. Its market capitalization sits at just over CAD $20 million – a fraction of what the Company’s peers are trading at.

Sixth Wave Innovations is led by a high profile, high performance team of scientists, accomplished executives and business development specialists. Their advisory board includes Hon. Grant Mitchell (Senator, Alberta), Hon. Jay Cohen (Rear Admiral, ret.) and Dr. David Fransen who has has provided strategic leadership across a wide range of economic policy and program sectors as a senior official at the Privy Council Office and Health Canada, as an Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada.

The company is developing a patent-pending Accelerated Molecular Imprinted Polymers (AMIPs™) system for the rapid detection of pathogens. On its road to commercializing the technology globally, Sixth Wave recently announced obtaining financial backing from the Government of Nova Scotia’s C19 Response Council, followed by a joint development initiative with the University of Alberta’s Institute of Virology.

Dr. Jon Gluckman, CEO of Sixth Wave stated “Sixth Wave has a substantial history of delivering similarly complex MIP based solutions within limited timelines, as evidenced by our explosives detection wipes and bacterial pathogen diagnostic tools. We welcome this opportunity to once again prove the utility of molecular imprinting as a detection and diagnostic tool, especially in circumstances of such importance to public health and security.”

“The technology being developed by Sixth Wave could revolutionize virus detection platforms to manage current and future viral threats. My team’s extensive experience with synthesizing and characterizing responsive/reactive polymer systems for sensing applications, combined with the knowledge and expertise resident in the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, makes this collaboration a natural fit and poised for success,” noted Professor Serpe.

The government grant further legitimizes Sixth Wave’s technology, and advances the company’s trajectory toward the productization and eventual goal of commercializing the platform globally.

In the wake of the NSCRC $250,000 grant, the Company’s intention is “to incorporate the AMIPs technology into a several rapid-detection products, including rapid virus test kits, SmartMask, as well as air and water monitoring systems”.

AMIPs holds many advantages over current market offerings, placing Sixth Wave Innovations in a position to lead the way in the race for a durable, scalable and easy to use solution for detecting and ultimately containing viral spread.

The opportunity for investors?  Broader market has not yet caught on.  We suspect that as the story filters into the mainstream, Sixth Wave’s share price will more accurately reflect the potentially significant value surrounding Sixth Wave’s platform technologies as the company moves from R&D toward commercialization.

The company has also developed systems for the mining and life sciences verticals, both of which are nearing commercialization. Both hold potential to launch Sixth Wave into valuations that are multiples of today’s share price. Hot Stocks Review will delve into these game-changing platforms in a future update.

This article will focus on the seismic market potential for AMIPs and why we believe Sixth Wave Innovations (CSE: SIXW, OTCQB: ATURF) share performance can follow the footsteps of Sona Nanotech.

AMIPs for Rapid Viral Detection

The AMIPs synthetic polymer system allows for extended shelf life, minimal storage and handling requirements and less sensitivity to temperature and light degradation versus traditional immunoassay products.

AMIPS vs Legacy Testing Methods

AMIPs advantages:

  • Single use, rapid test (strip or wipe) giving results in minutes.
  • Requires no special training.
  • Compatible with several simple formats including lateral flow tests.
  • Flexible, scalable and adaptable allowing for screening for multiple infections in one test.

The platform is infinitely scalable and adaptable. AMIPs technology allows Sixth Wave to configure tests to screen for multiple infections at once. By detecting classes of viruses, researchers can deploy new diagnostics without cultivating antigens or collecting antibodies in the case of novel viruses.

Sixth Wave’s Smart Mask™

In development and in partnership with NeoCon International, Sixth Wave is currently designing Smart Mask™, envisioned to incorporate the use of AMIPS for rapid virus detection into an N95 Compliant, or other mask / respirator.

Smart Mask™ could provide the standard protective capabilities of an N95 mask, with the added interactive capability to alert the user that a target virus has been detected in the exhaled breath of the user.

Airborne Detection

Sixth Wave announced in June that it has entered into a partnership with York University and CTRI (Centre Technologique des Residus Industriels) to further develop AMIPs for the use in airborne viral detection systems.

The partnership intends to develop a prototype to be tested and used in a broad range of settings, including the public sector, private industry, hospitals, long term healthcare facilities and various forms of public transportation.

Investors Snapping Up “Safe Space” Stocks

Investors have already demonstrated their appetite for “safe space” systems by driving shares of Kontrol Energy to a market cap of $150 million. Shares in Gatekeeper Systems took off from $0.15 in May to hit a high of $0.95 in August when they announced the development of a contactless system for school buses that can determine body temperature within 20 milliseconds using thermal cameras and artificial intelligence.

Sixth Wave’s AMIPs platform is being developed to provide full spectrum solutions supporting a global “safe space” initiative. Their systems are designed to be infinitely scalable, easy to use and implement, and have a rapid development time for new detection signatures.

The combined addressable market size potential for the company’s suite of offerings is significant.

Now backed by Province of Nova Scotia, Sixth Wave Innovations (CSE: SIXW, OTCQB: ATURF) aims to have a Phase 1 prototype ready by Q1-2021 and planning a global rollout by Q3, setting up for what might kick off a significant run on the stock.

The company is currently under the radar however this could change in short order as a very capable leadership team prepares to move Sixth Wave from an understated R&D firm to a full blown nanotechnology powerhouse.

With a market capitalization of ~$20 million and the table set for strong growth ahead, the future looks bright for Sixth Wave Innovations.

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