NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 07/03/12 -- 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 30 percent and 32 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 Human Genome Sciences (NASDAQ: HGSI) and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: LXRX).
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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 loss 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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Human Genome Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company. The company's main products are BENLYSTA for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and raxibacumab for inhalation anthrax. The company rejected a takeover bid from GlaxoSmithKline of $13 per share ($2.6 billion). Shares of the company jumped Friday on speculation that the company might receive an higher offer from GlaxoSmithKline.
Lexicon is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering breakthrough treatments for human disease. Lexicon currently has five drug programs in mid-stage development for diabetes, carcinoid syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and glaucoma, all of which were discovered by Lexicon's research team. Shares of the company have soared over 80 percent year-to-date.
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