Canada Silver Cobalt Works announces new name and maiden resource with high-grade silver

Silver prices have recovered ~45% since their low yet they are still about 50% below where they should be. This means silver miners right now represent extraordinary value, and should do well if the current silver price recovery continues as history would suggest is likely.

The gold-silver ratio is near an all-time high and currently at 98.5 to 1. This means gold is today worth a staggering 98.5 times more than silver. History tells us that the gold-silver ratio should be about 50:1. This is based on the 20th century average gold-silver ratio of 47:1. This means that silver is currently extremely undervalued to gold right now. Or put another way, based on the historical rate of 50:1, that would mean silver should be trading at US$ 34.34/oz (US$ 1,717 gold price/50). The current silver price is just US$ 17.45. Silver prices should be almost double based on the historical average gold-silver ratio, or about US$ 34/oz.

Based on the gold to silver historical ratio of 50, silver prices should now be about double

Source & Source

One very promising junior silver and cobalt miner is Canada Silver Cobalt Works Inc. (TSXV: CCW | OTCQB: CCWOF). The Company is developing three 100% owned, past-producing, high-grade silver-cobalt mines in the prolific Northern Ontario Silver-Cobalt Camp.

Canada Silver Cobalt Works three key historic mines in Northern Ontario, Canada

Source

The Castle Mine

Canada Silver Cobalt Work’s flagship Castle Mine and 78 sq. km Castle Property features strong exploration upside for silver, cobalt, nickel, gold and copper including exceptionally high grade veins of silver. Canada Silver Cobalt Works released yesterday a strong maiden resource estimate for the Castle East Robinson Zone.

The result was: Zones 1A and 1B have an average silver grade of 8,582 g/t (250.2 oz/ton) in a combined 27,400 tonnes of material for a total of 7,560,200 Inferred ounces of contained silver using a cut-off grade of 258 g/t AgEq. After adding in the lower grade Zone 2A the total is 7,567,000 inferred ounces of contained silver.

Source

Note: High grade is anything above 50 g/t silver (Ag). The above resource average grade was an exceptional 8,582 g/t.

Given the outstanding silver grades and strong maiden resource it helps explain the recent name change from Canada Cobalt Works Inc. to Canada Silver Cobalt Works Inc.

The Castle Property also has some gold potential. The only gold-focused drill hole at Castle East completed in 2019 (CS19-19) cut 4.3 g/t Au over 4 meters and 1.5 g/t Au over 12.5 meters within a 30-meter mineralized zone grading 0.70 g/t Au (vertical depth approximately 240 meters). This broad interval included 1 meter that returned 15.2g/t Au.

Matt Halliday, VP-Exploration, commented:

“We’re excited to continue drilling numerous remaining exploration targets. We’re seeing some phenomenal grades at Castle East, consistent with historical discoveries in the broader district going back to the early 1900’s. We see strong potential to expand and upgrade the known Inferred resource estimate, including higher up in the diabase, given the multiple targets we have.”

Canada Silver Cobalt Works is on track to be a vertically integrated silver producer with very valuable by-products. As well as planned silver production from Castle Mine material and processing of mine tailings, Canada Silver Cobalt Works intend to be a vertical integrated silver producer due to their strategic acquisition of PolyMet Resources Inc.’s Processing Facility located in the nearby town of Cobalt. The company has already demonstrated silver production capability from Castle Mine material with the pouring of silver bars at the PolyMet facility. Added to this is the Company’s proprietary Re-2OX Process that has produced cobalt sulphate exceeding battery industry specifications.

Canada Silver Cobalt Works has a First Nations agreement in place, and permitting is already underway. Other next steps include:

  • Continued exploration for silver, cobalt, gold and other metals in various vein structures at Level 1 underground at Castle Mine as well as surface drilling and a potential ramp in the Castle East Robinson Zone and further surface exploration in the new gold zone 1.5 km east of mine shafts and adit. Only a fraction of Castle East has been drill-tested and it is open in all directions. New drilling has commenced now on this high priority exploration zone.
  • Proceed with assaying, bulk sampling and bullion pouring operations at the newly acquired Temiskaming Testing Labs.
  • Tailings Program –Test work using gravity separation spiral concentrators towards establishing a mill for the processing of 600 tonnes of tailings per day.
  • Continued permitting work for the tailings program, a ramp at Castle East, and for constructing a state-of-the-art 600 t/d gravity, flotation, cyanidation mill.
  • Ongoing metallurgical testing using the proprietary Re-2OX process aimed at producing cobalt, nickel and manganese sulphates for end-buyer evaluation.

Closing remarks

Sometimes the stars all just align and everything comes together in a positive way.

With Canada Silver Cobalt Works we have a low market cap (C$51 million) vertically integrated miner with not one, but three promising projects in Canada with very high silver grades and exploration upside; all when the silver price looks set to surge. The Company also has other high value metals such as cobalt, nickel, gold and copper. The cobalt price is also currently very low with demand expected to surge and lift prices over the next few years as the EV boom takes off.

Investors should definitely have Canada Silver Cobalt Works on their radar as the company continues to progress very well.




Miss the Cannabis Boom? All Aboard Red Light Holland Corp. as the CSE officially offers TRIP for trading…

Investors made a lot of money by being in on the cannabis boom in the early stages. This time there may be a similar opportunity to get in early on the ‘magic truffles’ boom. Magic truffles are a type of mushroom or fungi, and hence are very similar to ‘magic mushrooms’. They are legal in the Netherlands and they are well known for their hallucinegic properties that result in psychedelic effects on people. Studies have found them effective for reducing depression and anxiety, and creating a state of wellbeing.

Red Light Holland Corp. (CSE: TRIP) (RLH) is in the ‘magic truffle’ business. Their business revolves around the production, growth and sale of a premium brand of ‘magic truffles’ to the legal, recreational market within the Netherlands. Sales are done through existing Smartshops operators and an advanced e-commerce platform. The Netherlands is a country with a long-standing, established, legal magic truffles market.

A Smartshop in the Netherlands selling legal magic truffles

Source

So what are magic truffles? Wikepidia describes them as:

“Magic truffles are the sclerotia of Psilocybin mushrooms that are not technically the same “mushrooms” as “mushrooms”. They are masses of mycelium that contain the hallucinogenic chemicals psilocybin and psilocin…..In October 2007, the prohibition of hallucinogenic or “magic mushrooms” was announced by the Dutch authorities. The ban on the mushrooms did not outlaw the hallucinogenic species in sclerotium form, due to authorities believing it to be weaker than the mushrooms. The psilocybin truffles which once made little sales became the only legal option to produce. Today smart shops in the Netherlands offer magic truffles as a legal alternative to the outlawed mushrooms.”

Psilocybin binds to a receptor in the brain for serotonin thereby resulting in enhanced mood and perception. Along with hallucinations and mood changes, people who take psilocybin experience a dreamlike sense of expanded consciousness.

Rather than extracting the active ingredients, Red Light Holland (“RLH”) believes in the entourage effect of ‘whole fungi’ medicine, meaning it is better for customers to consume the whole magic truffle.

Magic truffles sold in small containers ready for buyers to eat

Source

Some of the numerous benefits of magic truffles are said to be:

  • An expanded consciousness with increase creativity.
  • Increase of “openness” and other beneficial shifts in personality.
  • Mental relaxation with floods of laughter, intense joy and satisfaction.
  • Reduce depression.
  • Smoking cessation and other addictions.

A randomized, double-blind trial from Johns Hopkins in 2016 found that a single dose of psilocybin substantially improved quality of life and decreased depression and anxiety in people with life-threatening cancer.

Another research report discovered that psilocybin can also bind itself to receptors that stimulate healing. It is thought that psilocybin repairs and grows brain cells, which could prove beneficial to those who suffer from depression or other mental health problems.

Red Light Holland’s goal is to supply the recreational and medical market with naturally occurring, non-synthetic psilocybin, as current clinical trials are using a synthetic psychedelic pro-drug compound.

Magic truffles products

  • Microdosing Kits – RLH is currently developing a premium microdosing kit comprised of the ideal truffle quantity promoting responsible use. This non-synthetic RLH premium product will be available soon.
  • Merchandise – RLH will be launching a line of top tier merchandise very soon. All of the premium RLH clothing line and merchandise will be available for purchase at the RLH website and selected stores.

A Red Light Holland Microdosing Kit with magic truffles

Source

RLH also plan to seek a EU-GMP certification for their production facility in the Netherlands, in order to produce and supply medical grade, EUGMP certified premium magic truffles within the Netherlands.

RLH plan to raise funds that will be used to go public and build a 3000 sq feet magic truffles production facility and then start production to bring in revenue. Investors can view the company presentation here.

Closing remarks

Numerous studies and anecdotal stories confirm the amazing medical and recreational benefits of magic truffles. The people of the Netherlands certainly think so.

Red Light Holland and their magic truffles business are in the very early stages of development. Certainly this means higher risk and reward should it succeed. Those that got in early on the cannabis boom made multi-bagger returns. Will this happen with ‘magic mushrooms’ I do not know. History has shown there is a demand for the product, so only time will tell.

Red Light Holland begins trading today on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker ‘TRIP’ at market open today.




What should investors do as USA-China tensions build over trade war, Hong Kong and COVID-19

The US-China trade war of 2018-20 followed by the COVID-19 global lockdowns in February-April 2020 have left many investors feeling jaded, as stockmarkets gyrated up and down. President Trump and Xi Jinping continue to battle with not much really being resolved. This time they are fighting over an investigation into COVID-19 and what will happen in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the perfect example of the two super powers pulling in opposite directions.

Today I look at some events that are likely to soon happen and how investors can navigate these tricky times.

Protests in Hong Kong as US-China tensions rise again

From 2018 to 2020 both the US and China businesses suffered a steady increase in tariffs due to the US-China trade war. The biggest losers from the trade war were manufacturers of global goods, especially those traded between the US and China such as US agriculture. Globally the auto industry was hit hard, as was the electronics industry, as poor sentiment caused consumers to reduce their purchases. The main winners in the trade war period were cash, bonds, gold, rhodium, and palladium. In the US the best performing sectors were utilities, healthcare, and tech.

Then in 2020 we finally got a US-China trade ‘deal’. Unfortunately many tariffs remain and the COVID-19 crisis has meant China has not been able to stay on track with its side of the deal, notably US agricultural purchases.

A history of US-China tariffs from 2018 to Feb. 2020

Source

Fast forward to today and given the US and China appear unable to settle their differences the following events are possible to occur next:

  • The US may add additional tariffs on China if China goes ahead with “any decision impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms”.
  • The US may raise existing tariffs on China if China fails to meet its current obligations.
  • The US may look to boycott more Chinese companies, as they did with Huawei technologies.
  • The US may force Chinese listing companies to delist from US exchanges. Last week the US Senate passed a new Bill (Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act), effectively stating that Chinese companies must play by American rules or be banned from U.S. exchanges. This requires Chinese companies being fully accountable both for their financials and their share registry (cannot be CCP controlled). Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ: LK) and Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) already have indicated they plan to delist.
  • The US will work to secure critical materials and safer supply chains with their allies. This has already started with uranium, and is proposed with rare earths and other key battery materials (Onshoring Rare Earths Act – the “ORE Act”) .
  • China may retaliate with tariffs on more US goods, or boycott US companies and their products.

Reference for ideas: United States Strategic Approach to The People’s Republic of China

The playbook for investors

Reduce exposure

  • Reducing or selling completely exposure to US listed Chinese companies. It would also be wise to do the same for any Hong Kong listed stocks. The same could be said for any Chinese or Hong Kong foreign exchange exposure, property, infrastructure or bonds etc.
  • Reduce or sell US companies with considerable exposure to China earnings. Some examples would include Foxconn, Apple, Qualcomm, and Starbucks.

Increase exposure

  • US stocks in sectors with minimal China exposure – US utilities, US healthcare & aged care, US food and consumables, some US tech (Alphabet Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix).
  • Countries which will benefit from increased US trade or US supply chain shifts away from China – USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam, and maybe India.
  • Critical materials companies including uranium. The recent US ‘ORE Act’ lists 6 key critical materials – rare earths, scandium, cobalt, graphite, lithium and manganese. Investors should look for quality sources of these materials in the US or in US allied countries.
  • Gold stocks and physical gold ETFs (SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) or iShares Gold Trust ETF (IAU)).
  • Other valuable metals related stocks – Silver, rhodium, platinum, and palladium.

Closing remarks

The trade war and now COVID-19 has finally served a purpose to wake up the US to get their manufacturing and supply chains back under control, and away from China’s control. This will mean we can expect to see further moves to secure critical materials by the US. Already we have seen the US uranium reserve announcements, and now the ‘Ore Act’ to secure the US for rare earths and critical battery metals supply.

In these rapidly changing times investors need to stay nimble and look forward to what will likely unfold next. The next battlegrounds between the US and China will involve the biggest trends of the 2020’s – Securing critical material supply chains, 5G, electric vehicles, solar & wind energy, energy storage, and of course the top tech trends (AI, cloud, streaming, eSports, social media, and mobile payments).

Finally a worst case scenario is we may be in for a full blown US-China cold war. In that case investors will do well to add some cash and gold stocks to their portfolio. But don’t forget some exposure to the key critical materials (and companies that produce them) as they will be the foundation for the 2020’s as we move into a cleaner and more automated/connected world.




Royalty driven FinCanna on course to capitalize off of their investees in the rapidly growing Californian cannabis market

California is a global leader in the cannabis market. It is rapidly growing and in need of capital to meet surging demand from consumers. California is the largest cannabis market in North America, representing $3.1 billion in licensed cannabis sales in 2019, projected to reach US$7.2 billion by 2024. Cannabis in California has been legal for medical use since 1996 and for recreational use since late 2016.

California accounts for 21% of all global legal cannabis sales

Source

FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI | OTCQB: FNNZF) is a royalty company for the licensed US cannabis industry, with a focus on the emerging California cannabis market. The Company earns its revenue from royalties paid by its investee companies that are calculated based on a percentage of their total revenues. FinCanna currently has three royalty companies advancing in California – QVI Inc., Cultivation Technologies Inc., and ezGreen Compliance.

QVI Inc. receives Californian manufacturing & distribution licences

QVI is a cannabis infused product manufacturer with a state of the art 8,300 square foot facility operating under the name “The Galley”, located in Sonoma, California. Cannabis infused products include edibles, topicals, tinctures, chocolates, hard candies, gummies, beverages, vapes, pre-rolls and flower packaging. Cannabis-infused products are a huge growth area. The U.S. market for cannabis-infused products in 2020 is projected to reach nearly $3 billion, up ~40% over 2019.

The Galley’s immediate goal is to be the premier contract manufacturer in California, the largest single market in North America. The facility is differentiated from other cannabis manufacturers by its automated capabilities to produce virtually all high-value cannabis products under one roof. Its growing customer base will include legacy companies already on dispensary shelves, new entrepreneurs with creative IP, and out-of-state brands looking to enter the California market.

FinCanna receives a tiered corporate royalty, adjusted based on revenues, ranging from 15% to 6% of QVI’s total revenues, with the top royalty rate of 15% on the first US$20 million of annual sales until cumulative royalties to FinCanna of US$10 million are achieved. Additionally, FinCanna will receive a Supplemental Payment, that when coupled with the royalty, will ensure FinCanna receives a minimum of 35% of the annual after-tax net income from QVI.

In April 2020 FinCanna made two significant QVI related announcements:

With these two licences in place QVI stated that “the Galley team expects to be shipping finished products to the market within the next four to six weeks.” This is excellent progress for QVI, and ultimately for FinCanna, as QVI revenues will be ramping up soon.

Cultivation Technologies Inc. (CTI) expands with a new facility

Cultivation Technologies, operating as Coachella Manufacturing is a multifaceted cannabis manufacturing and distribution company.  CTI provides high quality legal Butane Hash Oil (BHO) concentrates for white label manufacturing, toll processing and packaging to hand-selected brands and cultivators in California.

Butane Hash Oil is a cannabis concentrate

Medicinal cannabis use is popular due to its relief of pain and inflammation. Cannabis can also act to relax muscles and is helpful in various muscular disorders. It is often prescribed to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as it can help not just with pain but the nausea that comes with treatment.

Under the fully funded royalty agreement, FinCanna earns a perpetual royalty of 10% of CTI’s consolidated revenues, of which 5% is paid in cash monthly and 5% deferred until certain triggering events, subject to certain buyback options. Additionally, FinCanna will be entitled to 25% to 50% of the sale proceeds of any change of control.

In a March 2020 announcement FinCanna reported:

“CTI commences cannabis extraction and manufacturing at New Palm Desert facility…..The new 5,200 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility is purposefully designed to maximize workflow efficiencies, optimize productivity and reduce operating costs. Engineered for industrial scale, the facility has approximately over three-times the capacity of CTI’s previous interim facility in Coachella, California, with a new estimated annual capacity of approximately US$35 million.”

ezGreen Compliance

ezGreen offers a state-of-the-art enterprise compliance and point-of-sale software solution (ezGreen) for licensed medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivators. Their target market consists of the 11 states plus Washington DC where cannabis is fully legal, and the 23 additional states where medicinal cannabis is legalized. Upon completion of funding, FinCanna earns a perpetual royalty equal to 10% of consolidated gross revenues of ezGreen, subject to certain buy-back options.

Last year it was announced that ezGreen had completed an installation of its Point-of-Sale (POS) software with a leading Los Angeles based cannabis dispensary. It is a flagship store of a multi site operator that has a broad network of recreational and medical dispensaries located across California in its portfolio.

Note regarding the Refined Resin royalty: The Refined Resin business was not able to raise the additional capital it needed to become operational so FinCanna has written down its investment and is endeavoring to recover their investment from the sale of Refined Resin’s assets.

Closing remarks

FinCanna Capital is basically a royalty play on the rapidly growing Californian cannabis market, plus some broader US potential exposure via ezGreen. Specific areas include cannabis-infused products (via QVI Inc.), cannabis extraction/production facility (via CTI), and point-of-sale software solutions (ezGreen).

FinCanna’s strategy makes a lot of sense as they are targeting the established and high growth cannabis markets in California. FinCanna’s success will ultimately depend on their portfolio company’s performance. Judging by the excellent progress the past three months from QVI (licences achieved, production starting) and CTI (new facility and production commenced) it looks like royalty revenues for FinCanna are now just ramping up.

Given the surging demand within the cannabis sector especially in California, FinCanna stock looks very appealing on a market cap of just C$8.4 million. Marketscreener.com places a Buy Recommendation at C$0.29, representing a 241% upside.




Harte Gold – The good and the bad news with this great potential high-grade gold producer

Investors patience has definitely been tested with the slow ramp and high AISCs of gold production from January 2019 until now, and again recently with the COVID-19 mine closure since the end of March 2020.

Harte Gold Corp. (TSX: HRT) is a relatively new gold producer with its primary focus on its 100% owned Sugar Zone property 24 km north of White River, Ontario, Canada. Exploration on the Sugar Zone property includes 83,850 hectares encompassing a significant greenstone belt with a 35 kilometre strike length.

The property has huge exploration upside with ~90% yet to be explored. The 10% explored has already found 1.67 million gold ounces in the Indicated and Inferred categories. Harte Gold’s Sugar Zone property has a M&I Resource estimate of 1.1 Moz contained Au @ 8.1 g/t, and Inferred Resource of 558 koz contained Au @ 5.8 g/t.

Gold production began in January 2019 but there has been some ramp up problems resulting in lower production and higher costs, which helps explain the current low stock price.

The Good news

The good news for Harte Gold right now is the high gold prices, especially when converted to CAD. In fact gold is currently trading at USD 1,728, which equates to CAD 2,410. The CAD gold price is up 41.09% over the past one year.

USD gold price (now US$1,728) and CAD gold price (now $2,410) 1 year price chart

The other good news is that Harte’s gold production (prior to the COVID-19 stoppage) was trending higher. Gold production for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (“Q1”) totaled 8,597 ounces, the highest quarterly production result to-date. Q1 production was 7% higher than Q4, 2019, and 42% higher than Q3 2019. Once back into full production the mine should be on track for a minimum run rate of 35,000 ounces pa, which should ramp steadily towards a 60,000 ounces pa run rate in 2021.

Combine rising gold production, reducing AISC’s and we should start to see some profits later in 2020 or early 2021, assuming gold prices hold, and the mine reopens soon. As economies of scale kick in 2021 should be a significantly better year for Harte Gold.

Other good news was the December 2019 discovery of high grade gold that showed initial sampling returned grades of up to 247 g/t. This potential new high grade gold zone (the TT8 Discovery) is approximately 17 km southeast of the Sugar Zone Mine in an area previously mapped by OGS geologists as granite and not known to host gold mineralization. The TT8 Discovery is believed to be an extension of an existing known greenstone belt to the east. The Company reported that “17 chip samples across a 40 metre strike extent have returned gold values from 11.1 g/t to 247.0 g/t Au.”

Q1 2020 performance – Increased gold production, reduced costs, improved grades

The bad news

The bad news for investors is that the stock price has fallen over the past year as the company has struggled to yet meet previous Feasibility Study targets for production and costs. AISCs in Q1 were still too high at USD 1,951/oz, despite falling 20% YoY (and 4% QoQ). Production whilst improving is well below the previous 60,000 ounces pa target.

The other bad news is the mine had to close due to COVID-19 at the end of March 2020. This will mean Q2 production will be negatively impacted. Harte Gold has stated:

“The Company is in constant review of the situation and will make a decision on restart in due course. Detailed planning is underway that will allow the Company to mobilize and resume operations in an efficient manner once the decision to restart is made. Higher grade stope material expected later this year should have a positive impact on gold production. Further guidance will be provided once detailed planning is complete.”

Wrap up

Investors patience has definitely been tested with the slow ramp and high AISCs of gold production from January 2019 until now, and again recently with the COVID-19 mine closure since the end of March 2020. The May 2020 announcement that BNP Paribas has agreed to defer debt payments removes any short-term liquidity concerns.

Despite a very testing start the fact remains the Sugar Mine and property has enormous potential. Grades are improving and get higher as they go deeper, with the average grade of the M&I Resource at 8.1 g/t, compared to the Q1 2020 mined grades of 5.5 g/t. Put another way, grades should steadily improve another 47% only to reach the average 8.1 g/t level. Combine this increased grade over the next few years with growing production to meet the mill’s capacity of 60,000 ounces pa, then AISCs should have dropped very significantly towards the forecast AISC of US$845 in the April 2019 Feasibility Study. The December 2019 new high-grade gold discovery reminds investors again of the huge exploration potential across the vast 83,850 hectares Sugar Zone Property.

It appears that investors will still need some more patience in 2020; however with an experienced new management and operations team Q1 2020 has shown they are slowly turning things around. Q2 results will be poor due to the COVID-19 shutdown, but H2 2020, and 2021 should see great improvements.




StageZero Life Sciences up 177% YTD as they move into COVID-19 testing

As global COVID-19 cases hit a staggering 5 million, StageZero Life Sciences Ltd. (TSX: SZLS) stock price has surged 177% YTD. This is mostly due to being oversold late in 2019, but also due to their recent move into offering COVID-19 testing. And what a great move it was!

On April 20, 2020 StageZero announced that they will offer both the PCR-based nucleic acid tests as well as qualitative antibody testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The PCR tests help determine if a patient has an active infection and the antibody test determines if a patient previously had the infection, as it detects the antibodies to the coronavirus. StageZero will initially offer the BTNX Rapid Response test under Section IV.D of the FDA’s Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 while awaiting EUA approval.

StageZero Life Sciences two tests for COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Source

As you can imagine the global demand for accurate COVID-19 test kits is truly enormous and growing every day. Most countries have severe shortages of test kits. Below are just a few examples, and these are in the richer developed countries.

In the USA, shortage of COVID-19 test kits has been a significant problem. Anthony Fauci said the USA needs to double the current testing rate of 1.5 -2 million tests a week. A report by Harvard University stated that the US needs to be able to test 5 million people per day to safely begin to reopen their economy by June 2020. So far in the US, the total number of tests has only been 9.6 million, and that is over a period of several months.

In Australia, State Health Ministers have reported shortages of reagents and kits used to conduct coronavirus tests in laboratories, as unprecedented demand for testing combines with limits on exports from other nations struggling to contain COVID-19.

Working backwards to estimate the real global demand for COVID-19 testing, one can argue that 50-100 tests are needed per confirmed case. Given daily global cases are hovering around 90,000, that would mean daily global COVID-19 testing needs to be in the vicinity of 4.5 to 9 million per day. One can argue the real need is higher given the global population of over 7.7 billion, and the need for repeat or follow up testing.

Currently the numbers of COVID-19 cases being tested is severely limited by a lack of supply of test kits. The current leader per capita in testing is Denmark. And even in Denmark testing has only reached 69 per 1,000 people (6.9%) that have been tested. In the US testing has only reached 35 per 1,000 people (3.5%). Indonesia is at 0.54 per 1,000 people (0.054%) showing just how low testing rates are in developing countries.

The number of COVID-19 tests being done globally is still extremely low as test kits are in very short supply

Source

All of this means that the opportunity for companies that have existing facilities that can rapidly scale up accurate testing is enormous. We don’t know how long this will go on for, but the way it is looking demand for COVID-19 testing should be here for at least 2 years and maybe much longer.

StageZero teams up with UDoTest to help physicians to access COVID-19 testing

StageZero Life Sciences are not only rapidly expanding their testing kits, but also building networks to assist Doctors to get their patients tested.

On May 19 StageZero announced: “StageZero Life Sciences partners with UDoTest to link physicians and their patients to urgent COVID-19 testing.” UDoTest is a B2B self-collection health testing software platform designed to personalize at-home lab testing experiences.

Allison Martin, CEO and Founder of UDoTest, explains:

“After being approached by several physician networks to help them gain access to quality tests, and immediate orders, we needed to start quickly,” said Allison Martin, CEO and Founder of UDoTest. “Physicians and their patients, in lock-down, have requested help in setting up a virtual health solution to enable safe testing access. StageZero has this capability and is a good first partner for what will be an important solution for many.”

StageZero Life Sciences is now facing an incredible opportunity as COVID-19 testing demand far outstrips supply, both for testing if you have the disease, and testing if you have previously had it. Combining this with their revolutionary Aristotle® screening test for 10 cancers from a single sample of blood, shows why this company is rapidly rising.

For investors it is still only early days for StageZero Life Sciences, despite the 177% YTD price surge, the Company trades with a market cap of just C$41 million. Analyst’s consensus price target is C$0.50, so plenty of potential upside ahead given the current stock price of C$0.125.

Disclaimer: Matt Bohlsen is a shareholder of StageZero Life Sciences Ltd. (TSX: SZLS)