NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -06/15/12)- Despite the recent economic turmoil in Europe, 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 22 percent and 29 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 BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BPAX) and CytRx Corporation (CYTR).
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 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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BioSante is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing products for female sexual health and oncology. BioSante is developing a portfolio of cancer vaccines, with 17 Phase I and Phase II clinical trials currently on-going. Four of these vaccines have been granted Orphan Drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
CytRx is a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology. The CytRx oncology pipeline includes three programs in clinical development for cancer indications: INNO-206, tamibarotene and bafetinib. The company reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2012 of $10.1 million.
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