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Cracking the Code : Understand and Profit from the Biotech Revolution That Will Transform Our Lives and Generate Fortunes

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Everything you need to know about the most important trend in the history of the world




Within most people's lifetimes, the developments in the biotechnology sector will allow us to live increasingly long and healthy lives, as well as provide us with technological innovations that will transform the way we live. But these innovations offer more than just hope for a better life, but hope for better returns too. Financial returns of incredible magnitude await savvy investors and businesspeople who can see the massive changes on the horizon. This book details these fast-moving trends and innovations and offers extensive advice on how to profit from them in business and investing.
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  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 138 x 222 x 30mm | 557.92g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • Illustrations, map
  • 1119963184
  • 9781119963189
  • 235,993

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WAKE UP TO THE MOST IMPORTANT TREND IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD



There is a new gold rush on. The Single biggest trend to affect mankind is here, and there are fortunes to be made.



The next phase in the world's development will not be dominated by the rise of China or India, or by green technologies, important though they are. Rather the world as we know it is about to be transformed by breakthrough achievements in human life extension and improvement. Entire industries are soon to be disrupted by developments in Biotechnology. And there are unparalleled opportunities for early investors to profit.



This amazing acceleration in technological development is coming under the radar for many, but will soon prove to be more important to the human race than the internet, iPads, smartphones and all the other material goods we regard as technology. The fusion of technology and medicine will enable us to live longer and healthier lives with a considerably superior quality of life.



LEARN, DIGEST, INFORM AND INVEST



Cracking the Code is the first book to explore with full clarity the implications of an industry that will define the 21st century and to outline the huge returns to be had for those who invest in the companies behind these products and the changing demographic that his technology will bring about.



Leading investment experts Jim Mellon and Al Chalabi have spent a year immersed in the life sciences industry, researching and interviewing over 100 companies. Writing not as scientists but as investors, they strip away the technical jargon and demystify the information to help you to understand the science and clearly identify the key industry participants and investment opportunities.



The first authors to forecast an economic crisis, as early as 2005 in their book Wake Up!, show you how the biotech industry's biggest successes will dwarf the current colossi of the stock markets. May you live long and prosper from it.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix


Introduction xi


Chapter One Transformational Technologies 1


Futurists and Scientists Look into the Future 1


The Convergence of Technology and Biology 13


Chapter Two The Evolution of Medicine and the Emergence of Biopharma 23


From Atoms to Cells to Living Organisms 24


The History of the Pharmaceutical Industry 36


Chapter Three The Drug Industry Reinventing the Model 55


Big Pharma, Biopharma 59


Drug Patents 73


The Path to Riches: FDA Approval 79


In Summary 84


Chapter Four Curing Disease Promising Prospects in the Main Therapeutic Areas 87


Cancer Step by Step, Being Beaten 89


Infectious Diseases: New Antibiotics, Hepatitis and HIV Drugs Make for a Fast-growing Sector 107


Obesity and its Evil Sisters: Type 2 Diabetes and Kidney Disease 118


The Heart of the Matter Biggest Killer on the Prowl 128


Fading into the Night Neurodegeneration, Rheumatology and Multiple Sclerosis 132


Respiratory Disease New Drugs: A Breath of Fresh Air 143


Rare Diseases and Rare Profits 146


Drugs for Pain and for the Central Nervous System 150


The Best of the Rest Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Gastrointestinal and Bone Disease 153


Chapter Five Turning Back the Clock Stem Cells, Genomics, Gene Therapy and Regeneration 157


Stem Cells 166


Gene Therapy and Nano Medicine 170


Organ Growth in and out of the Body 178


Chapter Six Demographic Changes 181


The Working Age Labour Pool in the World is Shrinking 191


Can Immigration Solve the Labour Shortage in the Developed World? 193


The Social Impact of an Ageing Population 195


The United States is the Best Positioned Developed Country 196


Support Ratios Have Been Plummeting 197


China s Grey Future 198


What Can Governments Do To Avoid Their Country Becoming a Nursing Home? 200


Chapter Seven Bioscience s Disruptive Influences 205


Insurance and Healthcare 206


Real Estate 210


Politics 211


Geopolitics 211


Retail Goods and Services 212


The Food Industry 213


The Investment Industry 214


The Law 215


Shortage of Young People in Developed Nations 217


Chapter Eight Robotics and Nanotechnology 219


Robotics 219


Surgical Procedures/Surgical Assistance 220


Medical Monitor/Nurse 223


Housemaid/Domestic Assistance 228


Companion/Pet 229


Nanotechnology 232


Chapter Nine Lifestyle Maintenance 235


It s a Fact: Obesity Shortens Your Life 235


Extending Life Expectancy 237


Common Traits of People who Live the Longest 239


A Cure to Ageing 240


Telomeres Our Biological Clock 244


Chapter Ten Investment in Biopharma Chasing Those Money Fountains 247


Conservative Portfolio 279


Balanced Portfolio 280


Speculative Portfolio 281


Company Overviews 282


Summary 305


Glossary 315


Appendix Key Financial Charts of Big Pharma 325


References 327


Bibliography 329


Index 331
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