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Sizing up the NBI in 2011

How did the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) perform in 2011 relative to other sectors? Second place. Not so bad considering 2011 was the year of defense in the stock market. Like a page out of a textbook on defensive market plays, utilities edged out ahead with a +15% gain, followed by consumer staples with 11%. The NBI squeezed in between at 12%, just above the overall healthcare sector. Overall, the S&P500 was flat for the Read More >

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Biopharma Industry Enthusiastic About 2012

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By Eric S. Langer, president and managing partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc. 2012 Annual Study shows budgets, optimism taking a big jump It looks like the biopharma industry is actually weathering the economic downturn quite comfortably. This year we’ve surveyed hundreds of biomanufacturers and suppliers, and the industry is expressing more raw optimism and confidence than at any time in the past 9 years we’ve been surveying this industry. More Spending What this means is that wallets Read More >

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IPO Update – Jan 2012

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2011 ended quietly for the US biotech IPO market. It has now been almost two months without a biotech IPO. The last few IPOs back in November continued the theme that was in place at the beginning of the year – you can get out, but with a -30% haircut. In fact, only two of the 12 IPOs in 2011 raised more than they filed for. This is shown in chart 1 below. The two Read More >

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Illinois Sees Biotech as Key to Job Growth

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For every job created in the biotech industry, up to five additional jobs are created to build research facilities; maintain laboratory and computer equipment; supply laboratory and office equipment, and provide basic services to even the most modest biotechnology facilities. David Miller of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization is well aware of the above statistic. He shared his views on the challenges and payoffs tied to establishing Chicago as a high-tech employment hub earlier this Read More >

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Maryland Awards $1 Million to Five Biotech Small Businesses

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In effort to spur commercialization and advance treatments for cancer and other diseases, the Maryland Biotechnology Center (MBC) announced earlier this month that it awarded a total of $1 million to five promising life sciences companies through its Biotechnology Commercialization Awards and Translational Research awards. The companies, which received up to $200,000 each, will use the funding to advance cancer therapies, ensure food safety, more quickly detect infectious disease and develop more efficient cardiac repair. Read More >

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