biotechnology

The Five Best-Performing Biotech Stocks of 2011 -- So Far

Pharmaceuticals are facing big patent cliff problems this year, but several biotechnology stocks have been doing quite well: Their biologic drugs command high prices, tend become blockbusters, and -- perhaps most important -- are in far less danger from generic competition. Here are the big winners so far.

Why Samsung Electronics Should Say No to Drugs

Samsung Electronics is known for its smartphones, TVs and memory chips. Now it wants to tackle biopharmaceuticals, on Friday announcing a new joint venture to produce drugs to treat cancer and arthritis.

Genzyme Talks Up Possible Sales of Its New MS Drug

Biotechnology company Genzyme is holding an analyst and investor meeting Monday focused on the commercial potential of its multiple sclerosis drug Campath as it tries to convince Sanofi-Aventis that it's worth more than the Paris-based pharmaceutical giant has been offering.

Is ImmunoCellular Another Rising Star in Biotech?

Much like Dendreon, which has a promising prostate cancer drug, ImmunoCellular is developing a cancer drug. In this case, it battles brain cancer, and a Phase I trial turned in remarkable results. But unlike Dendreon, ImmunoCellular is still pretty much an unknown.

Biotechs and Big Pharma Squabble in Sweden

At a recent life-sciences conference in Stockholm, execs of several U.S. and foreign biotechs clashed with Big Pharma in a lively debate on the merits of their respective goals and products. The result, however, was a stand-off.

Deutsche Bank Initiates Coverage of Biotech Stocks

Several biotech stocks were on the move Monday after Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on some of them. The bank's analyst, Robyn Karnauskas, took a generally wary view on the biotech sector, only putting buy ratings on Gilead and Dendreon.

Sanofi-Aventis Opens Buyout Talks with Genzyme

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis sent a letter to major U.S. biotech firm Genzyme proposing a friendly takeover valued at $69 a share, or $18.4 billion. But that's significantly less than the offer of $80 a share, or $21.3 billion, that sources say Genzyme is looking for.

This Tiny Biotech Has Some Giant Backers

ZIOPHARM has enticed several major institutional investors to put their money in it. And it has an all-star group of cancer scientists joining its committee to design Phase 3 clinical trials for its chief product, Zymafos, a cancer treatment.

Genzyme's Problems Continue as FDA Takes Control of Plant

Following a series of manufacturing problems dating back to 2008, biotech company Genzyme announced the FDA will take enforcement action to ensure that products manufactured at its Allston plant in Boston are made in compliance with good manufacturing practice regulations.

Amgen Misses Street's Expectations

Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology company, reported fourth-quarter results that missed Wall Street's expectations, as a 2% increase in sales failed to translate into a stronger bottom line.