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There's no time like the present to buy this big biotech stock.
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We want researchers to cure disease. But the honest truth is that you could potentially make a fortune by betting against drugmakers in this indication.
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Why these stocks are the best biotech performers so far this year.
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Here's a roundup of top developments in the biotech space over the last 24 hours. Scaling the Peaks (Stocks hitting 52-week highs on July 9) Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ARPO) Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:...




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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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High Pipeline Risk for New Drugs

Dependence on Health Insurance/Medicare Coverage

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  1. State Bioscience Initiatives 2008 Report, published by the Biotechnology Industry Organization

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