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Amgen, Inc. (AMGN), Celgene Corporation (CELG) & More Biotech Madness!

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March Madness is well under way with the Final Four taking place this weekend. There is no doubt that the Final Four will be entertaining, but there is an even better type of madness going on called Biotech Madness! I have come up with my Final Four Biotech company selections as well as the winner

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Biotech Facts and Opportunity

Biotechnology utilizes modern technologies such as genetic engineering and microbial genomics to discover and create advanced medications.

Biotechnology can provide innovative, life-changing drugs with enormous capabilities that traditional medications typically cannot match.

The development of biotech products is very challenging and can take over a decade, but when a successful biotech drug is produced it can be extremely rewarding, both financially and for the benefit of patients.

Generic versions of biotech products (biosimilars) are tougher and more expensive to develop than with traditional drugs and require advanced manufacturing processes.

Biotech companies with sustained profitability and a proven ability to create life changing medications make great investment opportunities with multi-bagger potential.

The Biotech Final Four

Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) is the clear #1 seed. Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) is the largest biotech company with revenues of $17.3 Billion. Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) also pays a significant and growing dividend, which is very rare for biotech companies. Over the last decade, Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN)’s sales and net income has doubled. The future is very bright for Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) with 8 late-stage product candidates, 6 potential biosimilar products to initilize in 2017, and additional Enbrel profits. The following is a breakdown of Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN)’s current products:

AMGEN PRODUCTS
TREATMENT TYPE 2012 PRODUCT SALES % INCREASE OVER 2011
Enbrel Inflammation $4.24 Billion 14%
Neulasta/Neupogen Infection $5.35 Billion 3%
Epogen low red cell count $1.94 Billion (5%)
Aranesp anemia $2.04 Billion (11%)
Xgeva/Prolia bone metastasis $1.22 Billion 120%
TOTAL PRODUCT SALES $16.6 Billion 9%

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) is an upcoming biotechnology powerhouse with 2012 revenues of $5.5 Billion. Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG)’s growth over the last decade has been astounding with a 20-fold increase in sales and a 58-fold increase in net income. As you can see from the chart below, Revlimid has been the star performer for Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), and there is much more to come due to patent protection through 2027. Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) has an impressive pipeline which includes Apremilast and six new indications for Revlimid and Abraxane that are currently in phase III. The following is a breakdown of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG)’s products:

CELGENE TREATMENT TYPE 2012 PRODUCT SALES % INCREASE OVER 2011
Revlimid Multiple Myeloma $3.7 Billion 17%
Vidaza Cancer $823 Million 17%
Abraxane Chemotherapy $427 Million 11%
Thalomid Multiple Myeloma $302 Million (11%)
Istodax lymphoma $50 Million 62%
TOTAL PRODUCT SALES $5.38 Billion 15%
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