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Five Star Equities

October 05, 2012 08:20 ET

Biotech Industry Looks to Benefit From New Act Designed to Promote R&D Joint Ventures

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Discovery Laboratories and ImmunoCellular

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2012) - The Biotechnology Industry has seen increased investor interest in 2012 as it continues to impress with strong gains. The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index ETF (IBB) has gained over 35 percent this year, more than double the S&P 500 Index's gain of 15 percent. New legislation, increased mergers & acquisition activity as a result of major patent expirations have all been contributing factors to industry's rapid rise in 2012. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSCO) and ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. (NYSE: IMUC).

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has recently praised the introduction of the High Technology Small Business Research Incentives Act. The new legislation would allow investors of joint venture R&D projects to utilize the losses and tax credits.

"Through the tax code, Congress historically has provided opportunities that encourage private investment in pre-revenue, R&D-intensive companies. The early growth of the biotech industry in the 1980s was due in part to the ability of investors to support projects aimed at finding new cures and treatments through similar joint ventures. This legislation will help spur greater private investment in biotech and other R&D intensive industries," BIO's President and CEO Jim Greenwood said in a statement.

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Discovery Laboratories is a specialty biotechnology company with one focus - to advance a new standard in respiratory critical care. The company recently announced the initiation of four research projects designed to explore the use of its proprietary KL4 surfactant technology for the prevention and treatment of acute lung injury (ALI).

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is focused on developing new immune-based products to treat and diagnose cancer. The company last month reported it has completed its enrollment for its Phase II trial of ICT-107, its dendritic cell-based cancer vaccine, for the treatment of glioblastoma.

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