Forbes  Nov 6  Comment 
  Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Theranos serve different segments of the healthcare sector. Valeant is a publicly traded company that develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products, and medical devices around the...
Motley Fool  Nov 6  Comment 
Investors are excited about the biotech's future.  Nov 6  Comment 
Deal frenzy sweeping pharmaceutical sector continues as British company agrees to pay $90 a share for maker of new treatments for hyperkalemia AstraZeneca has agreed to buy ZS Pharma, the US biotech company, for $2.7bn (£1.8bn) in cash,...
Benzinga  Nov 5  Comment 
Shares of bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ: BLUE) were trading down more than 20 percent on Thursday morning. The decline seems to have been triggered both by the company's earnings call and updated trial data for the treatment of...
MarketWatch  Nov 5  Comment 
Many tech companies that have gone public recently have performed poorly, offering little incentive for others to do so. Meanwhile, hot biotechnology stocks are raising questions about another bubble in the public markets.
FierceBiotech  Nov 5  Comment 
GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have contributed to a $56 million Series A investment in Atreca. The immuno-oncology biotech, which has yet to advance a program into preclinical testing, will plow the cash into a pipeline...


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