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Sharp Increase in FDA Drug Approvals a Major Factor in Biotech Industry's Success in 2012

RDInvesting Provides Stocks Research on BioTime and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/06/13 -- A sharp increase in drug approvals and mergers and acquisitions combined to create a bull market for the Biotechnology Industry in 2012. The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB), the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) and the First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index ETF (FBT) have all gained over 20 percent in the past year, outperforming the broader markets by a good margin. Research Driven Investing examines investing opportunities in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK).

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Bloomberg recently reported drug approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reached a 15 year high in 2012. The FDA approved a total of 39 novel medicines last year, an increase of 30 percent when compared to a year ago. Oncology drugs lead the way with 11 new drugs approved last year. Over the last ten years the number of FDA approvals had averaged roughly 23 a year. The passage of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) played a major role in the sharp increase in approvals.

The PDUFA "has provided critical resources for improving the quality and timeliness of premarket review of drugs," said FDA spokeswoman Sandy Walsh. "These accomplishments could not have been achieved without the innovations of the biopharmaceutical industry and the dedication and skill of FDA's drug review staff."

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BioTime is a biotechnology company focused on regenerative medicine and blood plasma volume expanders. Its broad platform of stem cell technologies is enhanced through subsidiaries focused on specific fields of application. The company has recently announced a data mining collaboration with its subsidiary LifeMap Sciences.

Merrimack currently has five targeted therapeutic oncology candidates in clinical development and a sixth that Merrimack expects to enter clinical development by the end of 2012. Additionally, Merrimack has multiple product candidates in pre-clinical development and an active Network Biology driven discovery effort.

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