NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 08/16/12 -- Biotechnology stocks continue to be some of the strongest performers in the markets as favorable legislation, such as the FAST and TREAT acts, have helped boost investor optimism within the industry. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund is up over 28 percent in 2012 -- handedly outperforming the Dow Jones industrial average year-to-date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) and Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (NASDAQ: ROSG).
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The FAST and TREAT acts introduced in 2012 have helped accelerate the development, review and approval process of medicines/personalized therapies for patients suffering from serious and life-threatening diseases. According to recent data from Thomas Reuters, biotech mergers & acquisitions activity is currently at a four-year high as large pharmaceuticals are facing major patent cliffs. So far in 2012 the volume of biotech M&A has exceeded $25 billion, compared to roughly 10 billion in the same period of 2011.
"Their patents have expired, and as a result they have holes in their revenue line they are trying to fill," said Scott Lindsay, global head of mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse. "The other part is just shoring up the pipeline they have. So even if they don't have a major patent problem, they're all looking for growth."
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Last month Arena Pharmaceuticals' Belviq became the first anti-obesity drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration in over a decade. According to Bloomberg, analysts estimate Arena's revenues to grow 18-fold in the next four years. Shares of the company surged over 14 percent Tuesday on takeover speculation according to a report from MarketWatch.
Rosetta develops and commercializes a full range of microRNA-based molecular diagnostics. Founded in 2000, Rosetta's integrative research platform combining bioinformatics and state-of-the-art laboratory processes has led to the discovery of hundreds of biologically validated novel human microRNAs. Shares of the company have gained nearly 70 percent this year.
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