Benzinga  6 hrs ago  Comment 
Neurotrope Inc (OTC: NTRP) was caught with other biotechs in a harsh, broad market selloff Tuesday that saw all major indices close lower. The company focuses on developing therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, most notably Alzheimer's...
Wall Street Journal  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Falling hepatitis C revenue has dented giants such as AbbVie and Gilead but created a rare bargain in biotech Enanta
Forbes  Mar 21  Comment 
Scientists have successfully turned off a gene in a fungus that can infect crops so that it does not make its carcinogenic toxin
Forbes  Mar 21  Comment 
It may be too soon to compare InMed Pharmaceutical to GW Pharmaceutical, but this pre-clinical biotech company has lot more going on than its drug pipeline.
Motley Fool  Mar 21  Comment 
Both Juno Therapeutics and Ionis Pharmaceuticals are pushing the envelope, but which biotech stock is the better pick right now?
Forbes  Mar 21  Comment 
Boston and San Francisco have become the dominant biotech clusters; in recent years, startups in these regions have consolidated an increasing share of the capital and talent in the ecosystem. Author reviews the data and discusses a set of...
Motley Fool  Mar 21  Comment 
These biotechs are poised to surge higher in the years ahead.  Mar 20  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Most of the major sectors are showing only modest moves during trading on Monday, although substantial strength is visible among biotechnology stocks. Reflecting the strength in the biotechnology sector, the NYSE Arca...


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