An index-tracking ETF that provides exposure to companies that comprise the digital health industry
First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust”), a leading exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) provider and asset manager, announced today that it has launched a new ETF, the First Trust Nasdaq Lux Digital Health Solutions ETF (Nasdaq: EKG) (the “fund”). The fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the fund’s fees and expenses) of an index called the Nasdaq Lux Health Tech Index (the “index”), which provides exposure to companies focused on healthcare technology innovations in medical and surgical devices, clinical diagnostics, healthcare-related business/productivity software or some other healthcare technology identified as digital health.
“The health care sector is leveraging technology in new and innovative ways that have the potential to both raise our standard of living and improve patient outcomes,” said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust. “We believe EKG will appeal to investment professionals seeking exposure to some of the most innovative stocks at the intersection of health care and technology,” Issakainen said.
The Nasdaq Lux Health Tech Index (NQHTEC) was launched on July 19, 2021, in partnership with Lux Capital, a venture capital firm focused on emerging science and technology, with the primary goal of constructing a new, differentiated benchmark of publicly-listed companies that are leading the integration of cutting-edge technology across numerous areas within the healthcare industry. The profile of index constituents spans across biotech, medical devices, software, medical services, and diagnostic tools, offering investors exposure to key areas of health technology such as genomics, proteomics, advanced therapeutics, and digital health.
“We’ve spent years obsessed with deep technology innovation taking place at the intersection of industries at health and technology and beyond. As we’ve seen recently, the outputs of incredible advancements and acceleration in healthtech meaningfully impact society,” said Peter Hébert, co-founder and managing partner of Lux Capital. “We apply a similar level of analysis to the selection and monitoring of companies within NQHTEC and look forward to seeing the fund reflect that methodology.”
Cameron Lilja, Vice President and Global Head of Index Product for Nasdaq, said: “We are seeing rapid innovation and digital transformation in the healthcare industry, exacerbated by the COVID‐19 pandemic. These technological advancements have the potential to improve the quality of healthcare services and enhance the industry’s ability to deliver healthcare to the individual. Our index offers investors a unique and compelling solution for tracking this highly relevant and exciting theme, and our work with Lux and First Trust provides access to this theme for the investing public.”
For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or RIssakainen@FTAdvisors.com.
About First Trust
First Trust is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the fund’s investment advisor. First Trust and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately held companies that provide a variety of investment services. First Trust has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $210 billion as of February 28, 2022 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. First Trust is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. First Trust and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.ftportfolios.com.
About Lux Capital
Lux Capital invests in emerging science and technology ventures at the outermost edges of what is possible. They partner with iconoclastic inventors challenging the status quo and the laws of nature to bring their futuristic ideas to life. Over the past two decades, Lux has expanded from its New York City roots to Silicon Valley, and built a $4 billion AUM firm of more than 30 full-time professionals, with the versatility to invest at any stage.
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Health care companies may be affected by government regulations and government health care programs, increases or decreases in the cost of medical products and services and product liability claims, among other factors. Many health care companies are heavily dependent on patent protection, and the expiration of a company’s patent may adversely affect that company’s profitability. Health care companies are also subject to competitive forces that may result in price discounting, may be thinly capitalized and susceptible to product obsolescence.
Companies in health care technology may be susceptible to risks which include, but are not limited to, small or limited markets for such securities, changes in business cycles, world economic growth, technological progress, rapid obsolescence, and government regulation. Securities of health care technology companies, especially smaller, start-up companies, tend to be more volatile than securities of companies that do not rely heavily on technology.
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