Monthly Archives: January 2011

2010 Biotech Stock Performance

How did biotech stocks perform in 2010? It was a good year for the two most closely followed biotech stock indices, the NBI and BTK, as each outperformed the S&P 500 in 2010. However, in terms of breadth, only 49% of companies posted a gain for 2010 as seen in the first chart below. The 92 companies that started the year in the valuation range of $1M-$50M had a median return of -8%, a reversal Read More >

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Innovation Alliance Event “Patents, Innovation and Job Creation: A Virtuous Circle”

An event is coming up on patents, innovation and job creation at the Newseum on Friday January 21.  The keynote speakers are  PTO Director David Kappos and Retired Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Paul Michel.  Other industry experts and executives will participate in panel discussions.  Below is the news release. As the U.S. economy struggles with high unemployment, the Innovation Alliance hosts a half-day discussion with inventors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and industry experts on the Read More >

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Will Vilsack Let the Organic Tail Wag the Biotech Dog?

Forbes ran an opinion piece on January 5 authored by Henry Miller and Gregory Conko:  Something is very wrong at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The secretary, Tom Vilsack, is letting hypothetical claims by organic farmers – who produce less than 1 percent of the nation’s farming output – cripple an important and environmentally beneficial technology, the genetic engineering of crop plants. In December Vilsack announced that the USDA is considering geographic restrictions, as well Read More >

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Don’t let politics and fear-mongering supersede science

The Wall Street Journal printed a letter-to-the-editor from Mary Boote, Executive Director for Truth About Trade and Technology.  Mary’s letter ran in conjunction with one by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack regarding genetically engineered alfalfa and the issue of coexistence:  The new rules for biotech alfalfa that Mr. Vilsack is considering, if enacted, would lead to a significant and costly reversal of previous policies. They would limit economic freedom and stifle scientific innovation, setting a precedent Read More >

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IP Watchdog: Why Patents Matter

Great article in IP Watchdog of why patents matter. Highlights: -The article quotes a Patent Survey conducted by UC Berkeley School of Law which finds that: In fact, 67% of firms surveyed indicated that the existence of patents were an important factor in their investment decisions. And for those software folks who always want to incorrectly believe they don’t need funding, the figure was 60% for software companies. Higher were biotech companies (73%) and medical Read More >

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