Monthly Archives: March 2010

Looking for Long-Term Economic Signs at BIO Partnering Meetings

In its 30-year history, biotechnology has made dramatic advances possible in health care, agriculture, energy production and industrial bioprocessing. These accomplishments are the result of painstaking work by many smart people devoted to transforming bench-scale life-science research into commercial products. In economic times both strong and weak this industry thrives. The industry and the promise of its science were tested during the recent and continuing recession. Many biotech companies were forced to downsize or even Read More >

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Is India’s Government an Obstacle to Economic Progress?

The Wall Street Journal ran another opinion piece on March 8 on the continuing biotech eggplant controversy.  This time, Mr. Gurcharan Das, author and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, writes “despite 18 years of economic reform. If anything holds India back from realizing its true potential, it is weak institutions of governance.” Nowhere is this heartbreaking truth clearer than in the tale of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company. The development of biotech eggplant was Read More >

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Biofuels Crops in Zero Gravity?

Growing biomass in space? That’s right. Right now an experiment is underway on the space station to see if microgravity can affect the growth of Jatropha curcas, a tropical flowering plant. According to Popular Science , “This first-ever experiment to test a possible biofuel in microgravity aims to improve cell structure, growth and development in the Jatropha curcas plants. An identical set of samples that represent the experimental control are located at the University of Read More >

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PatentlyBIOtech Series: Wisconsin Thrives

Thrive, the economic development enterprise for the eight-county Madison Region in Wisconsin, is guest blogging for PatentlyBIOtech up until the 2010 BIO International Convention, where the Wisconsin Technology Counsel, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative, and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce will showcase their work on the Exhibition Floor (link to floor plan search).

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Is P/E Compression Making Biotech a Bargin?

For the first time in biotech history, price to earnings multiples (P/E based on next year’s projected EPS) for large cap biotechs dropped below the average P/E for the S&P 500 index. Is this a sign that biotech is cheap relative to the market or is it because earnings growth is shrinking, commanding a lower P/E ratio? If we look at end of quarter P/E ratios (price /next 12 months of earnings) for the largest biotech Read More >

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