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Biomass Magazine  6 hrs ago  Comment 
The National Research Council of the National Academies recently published a report outlining goals and recommendations to expand industrial biotechnology. The report was prepared at the request of the U.S. DOE and National Science Foundation.
FierceBiotech  Apr 16  Comment 
Former Teva CEO Jeremy Levin has taken the pilot's seat at a stealth biotech devoted to rare brain diseases and is piloting a course straight into the industry spotlight.
FierceBiotech  Apr 16  Comment 
OrbiMed Advisors is reportedly laying the groundwork for a second Israeli life science investment fund. And after four years of positive results for its initial government-partnered foray into the country, the big-name biotech VC shop is prepared...
FierceBiotech  Apr 16  Comment 
Pharmalink has stopped a Phase IIb trial of its primary IgA nephropathy treatment early after it met its primary endpoint in a planned interim analysis. The success makes Pharmalink a rare example of a private biotech with an unpartnered, Phase...
FierceBiotech  Apr 15  Comment 
Berkeley, CA's Aduro Biotech banked $119 million in an upsized IPO with plans to hit the gas on its pipeline of treatments that use the body's immune system to battle cancer.
FierceBiotech  Apr 15  Comment 
A wave of venture cash continues to flood into the biotech field. And New Enterprise Associates is now back at the crest of that wave. The venture group put out word this morning that it has raised $3.1 billion for two new funds, and if history is...
Market Intelligence Center  Apr 15  Comment 
S&P Biotech SPDR (XBI) closed Tuesday at $231.90 and technical indicators recently have been bullish. Based in part on those numbers, MarketIntelligenceCenter.com's patented algorithms have identified a couple of attractive trading opportunities...




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Biotechnology is the use of molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques to develop treatments for human diseases. Many leading companies from the industry originated in the late 70's from university research laboratories. In the 1980s after attracting venture investors and after listed in the US stock exchange,have then developed into a growing industry that uses research innovations to develop new agricultural products, biomedical tools, and human therapies such as monoclonal antibody for cancer. In 2006, 92% of employees in the biotechnology industry worked in companies that specialized in developing new drugs or medical devices and equipment, while 8% were employed in companies that specialized in agricultural products. [1] The large cap company in the group is Amgen, Genentech, Biogen-Idec, Genzyme. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) offers a low risk/reward investment vehicle for long term investors




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