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Word on the Street – Biotech Stocks Only Have Room to Go Up

The Opening Lunch Plenary at this year’s BIO CEO & Investor Conference was a lively discussion between portfolio managers and senior buy-side analysts looking to forecast the year ahead in biotech. BIO’s own, Celia Economides, Director, Investor Relations & Programs, reminded us all where we were 15 years ago at the inception of this event. At the 1999 event, there were 18 presenting companies, zero 1X1 meetings scheduled and 271 attendees.  As of day one, Read More >

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Celgene CEO on New Multiple Myeloma Drug Approvals

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Following on the heels of two big announcements in February, Celgene CEO Robert Hugin (one of FierceBiotech’s most influential people in biopharma) participated in a fireside chat with Joel Sendek, managing director and biotechnology analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Company, at the 15th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference in New York. First, on Friday, February 8, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Celgene’s drug Pomalyst for patients with multiple myeloma whose disease has Read More >

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STEM Education Aimed at Girls

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We write a fair bit about STEM education here at BIOtechNOW, so I was a bit surprised to come across a word I’d never heard before. STEMinists  may be a made-up word, but it’s still a good one. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, let me help you: STEM + feminists =  STEMinists. In other words, it’s a young women who’s interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. As the father Read More >

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Biotech Hall of Fame: Interview with Biotech’s First Investment Banker

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to discuss biotech’s storied history with Fred Frank, one of the industry’s greatest luminaries, on what we can learn from the past to help shape the future. Fred Frank, formerly Vice Chairman of both Lehman Brothers Inc. and Peter J. Solomon Company, recently became Vice Chairman of Burrill & Company and Chairman of Burrill Securities, the broker dealer arm of Burrill & Company. He was the first life Read More >

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Brazil Patent Policy: At a Crossroads

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The Government of Brazil approaches the patent policy crossroads with two ministries wanting to move in opposite directions.  In the last few months, both the Brazilian Patent Office (INPI) and the Brazilian Regulatory Authority (ANVISA) issued proposed rules concerning patents and are sifting through public comments to determine how they will deal with biotech patents. A quirk in Brazilian law requires that the health regulatory authority (ANVISA) must provide “prior consent” on the grant of a pharmaceutical patent.  Traditionally, Read More >

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