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    DescriptionIn the fall of 1980, Genentech, Inc., a little-known California genetic engineering company, became the overnight darling of Wall Street, raising over $38 million in its initial public stock offering. Lacking marketed products or substantial profit, the firm nonetheless saw its share price escalate from $35 to $89 in the first few minutes of trading, at that point the largest gain in stock market history. Coming at a time of economic recession and declining technological competitiveness in the United States, the event provoked banner headlines and ignited a period of speculative frenzy over biotechnology as a revolutionary means for creating new and better kinds of pharmaceuticals, untold profit, and a possible solution to national economic malaise. Drawing from an unparalleled collection of interviews with early biotech players, Sally Smith Hughes offers the first book-length history of this pioneering company, depicting Genentech's improbable creation, precarious youth, and ascent to immense prosperity. Hughes provides intimate portraits of the people significant to Genentech's science and business, and in doing so sheds new light on how personality affects the growth of science. By placing Genentech's founders, followers, opponents, victims, and beneficiaries in context, Hughes also demonstrates how science interacts with commercial and legal interests and university research, and with government regulation, venture capital, and commercial profits. "Genentech" tells the story of biotechnology as it is not often told, as a risky and improbable entrepreneurial venture that had to overcome a number of powerful forces working against it.


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    Title
    Genentech
    Subtitle
    The Beginnings of Biotech
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sally Smith Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226045511
    ISBN 10: 022604551X
    Classifications

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    BIC E4L: IND
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.6
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    BIC subject category V2: PDX
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Abridged Dewey: 338
    BISAC V2.8: SCI010000, BUS077000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 509
    B&T Approval Code: A48186000
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    03 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Sally Smith Hughes is a historian of science at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Virus: A History of the Concept and the creator of an extensive collection of in-depth oral histories on bioscience, biomedicine, and biotechnology.
    Review quote
    "Sally Smith Hughes has crafted an engaging historical account of Genentech from its beginnings as a small laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco to the 2009 merger with Roche for $47 billion.... Her account will appeal to a broad audience and is a must read for scholars interested in the history of biotechnology. Highly recommended." (Choice)"