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Personalized medicine is having a dramatic effect on healthcare delivery

April 21, 2008

The convergence of genomics, information technology, and nanotechnologies will radically alter every aspect of the healthcare system from the way companies develop and market drugs to the way individuals pay for and receive medical services, according to Biotech 2008—Life Sciences: A 20/20 Vision for 2020 —the 22nd annual report on the biotechnology industry from Burrill & Company.

The just released publication examines the yearly performance of the biotech industry, makes predictions for the upcoming year, and provides insight how scientific, business and policy developments today will alter the healthcare landscape in 2020. One of the important accelerating trends reshaping the biotechnology industry is the emergence of personalized medicine.

Three years ago, we highlighted the fact that systems biology was beginning to move us to a more personalized medicine world that inevitably would lead us down the path to predictability and then on to prevention, said Mr. G. Steven Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company, a San Francisco based global leader in life sciences with activities in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Merchant Banking and Media.

The industry has been slow to adapt to the reality that the personalized medicine world is upon us. When we reach the year 2020, we will look back and note that 2007 was the year that personalized medicine started to play a role in every aspect of the healthcare continuum, said G. Steven Burrill, author of Biotech 2008 and CEO of Burrill & Company It’s critical that the industry starts to adjust to these changes now in order to be successful in this new world.

    The book predicts that by 2020:

  • Wal-Mart, plus other direct to consumer healthcare delivery institutions, will become the place to go for medical treatment.
  • Your Blackberry will constantly monitor your health and alert your doctor of any problems.
  • Nano-devices in the blood will diagnose and repair problems.
  • Patients will carry their genome and health records on a smartcard.
  • To be successful, companies will have to retool from being full-integrated to a virtually-integrated model
  • People will be able to purchase organs off-the-shelf or even grow their own.
  • Our ability to design and test new drugs using computer simulations (in silico), as well as new capabilities to test for harmful side effects on model systems assembled on computer chips (lab-on-a-chip) will continue to improve
  • Implants and prostheses that mimic biological functions, restore critical functions to existing organs or tissues, or even augment those functions will begin to appear.

Biotech 2008—Life Sciences: A 20/20 Vision to 2020 also highlights the developments in 2007 across all sectors including human healthcare, biofuels, agbio, and industrial biotechnology.

Biotech 2008 found that the biotech industry finished 2007 in good shape with a strong performance on the capital markets, which remained unpredictable all year long. The year saw 28 new biotech IPOs; financings and partnering deals collectively raising almost $45 billion for US companies. Although the industry had no difficulty raising money it had a tough time bringing new medicines to market with the prevailing safety-conscious attitude at the FDA taking its toll on new drug approvals.

Demand for bio-ethanol, bio-diesel, and other alternative energy sources is driving technological innovation in the sector, especially in the production of cellulosic ethanol. Biotech crop acreage grew 12 percent and 12 million farmers around the world are benefiting from biotechnology. Internationally, biotechnology showed steady growth with China and India leading the way.

Biotech 2008 is available at www.burrillandco.com/bio/biotech_book for $430. An online version is available for $295.

About Burrill
Founded in 1994, Burrill & Company is a San Francisco-based global leader in life sciences with activities in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Merchant Banking and Media. The Burrill family of venture capital funds has over $950 million under management and its merchant banking business is one of the industry leaders in life sciences transactions. The company's 60 person scientific and business team, supported by its 40-person Advisory Boards, the strategic and financial network of its limited partners, and the close relationships developed with numerous life sciences companies and management, provide Burrill with unparalleled access and insight.
Burrill is the creator, sponsor and facilitator of over a dozen leading industry conferences worldwide and publishes a wide range of bio-intelligence reports including: its annual State of the Industry, The Personalized Medicine Report, The Stem Cell Report, and periodic newsletters covering Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan and Partnering/M&A. In association with the California Healthcare Institute, Burrill publishes The Journal of Life Sciences a bimonthly magazine and online at www.tjols.com.

Contact: Peter Winter, Editorial Director 415-591-5474, pwinter@b-c.com
Source: Burrill & Company

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