NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2012) - Despite the recent economic slowdown, the Biotech Industry has been home to some of the strongest performers in the market in 2012. The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) and the First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech Index ETF (FBT) year-to-date are up 35 percent and 33 percent, respectively. As the world continues to face evolving health challenges the discoveries of new therapeutics and vaccines are critical. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on Celsion Corp. (NASDAQ: CLSN) and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL).
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Expiring patents have been a major dilemma for pharmaceutical companies. New products that are being introduced are not expected to generate the same level of revenues of the products that have lost patent protection. The Obama administration is currently analyzing a proposal in which the exclusivity period for biologics would be cut down by 5 years. Mergers & Acquisitions activity is expected to pick up in 2012 as companies scramble to look to make up for lost revenues. M&A allow companies to acquire products that are already proven in the market place without the hassle and costs associated with research and development.
"Many of the pharmaceutical companies started producing everything in-house out of their own R&D organizations and over time they've failed to produce enough that way. So the industry is now coalescing around a 50-50 model of half on your own and half bought in. There are some things we'll do for ourselves but we need to be constantly on the lookout for new technologies," said Angus Russell, Chief Executive of Shire PLC.
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Celsion is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company singularly focused on developing its unique heat activated liposomal technology to create more efficacious versions of marketed cancer therapeutics that have the additional benefit of an improved safety profile. Shares of the company have nearly doubled so far this year.
Exelixis is a biotechnology company committed to developing small molecule therapies for the treatment of cancer. Exelixis is focusing its proprietary resources and development efforts exclusively on cabozantinib (XL184), its most advanced product candidate. Shares of the company are up nearly 23 percent year-to-date.
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