I was a hard-working journalist in the early 1990s - and the whole Human Genome effort was transforming biotechnology into front-page news - when the Oakland Tribune offered me a job as a financial writer.
When the editor explained that biotechnology would be one of my "beats" ... well, I jumped at the chance.
It was one of the best career decisions I ever made.
Biotech was an exciting beat to work ......
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Meet the Biotech CEO With a $30 Billion Breakthrough
Don't worry if you never heard of Dr. J. Joseph Kim. Most investors haven't-at least not yet.
He's the CEO of an early-stage biotech firm that has developed a truly novel product for one of the nation's major medical markets -- vaccines.
It's a $30 billion a year business in just the U.S. alone.
The problem is that the vaccine technology we use today to prevent diseases like the flu, chicken pox and polio is...
The Next Profit Breakthrough: Synthetic Biology
Drug, chemical, and biofuel firms are relying more than ever on artificial fragments of DNA to invent new products. It's called synthetic biology.
For example, teams all over the world are now in their labs looking to create novel biotech compounds or drugs by inserting synthetic DNA into cells, either living or artificial. They're also growing new microorganisms that yield biofuels to be used in lieu of oil.
Trouble is, the process is so complex that it can take days to synthesize these man-made genes,...
Letting Biotech Companies "Patent Nature" Could Be a Huge Boon for Investors
The U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear a landmark case that could have extreme money-making ramifications for biotech companies.
Next June, the nine justices are expected to settle - once and for all - whether companies can patent human genes in the United States.
The Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing patents on DNA for nearly 30 years, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
Roughly 4,000 of the 22,000 human genes now have some form of patent.
Three Biotech Stocks to Buy Now
If you're looking to hit a home run over the next 12 months, your best bet for stocks to buy now is biotechnology companies - especially those focused on cancer research.
Here's why: biotech stocks have been in a stealth bull market in 2012.
In fact, the values of the 230 publicly-traded biotech companies tracked by the BioWorld Stock Report have jumped by an average 38% year-to-date.