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Sunday, December 14, 2008

2009 Predictions

There are not many companies left in Seattle. There are more than the CCS is aware of but many of the big players went down or were at least knocked down a peg last year. 2007 was already covered at the beginning of 2008. Dismal. But what about the upcoming year? I know that people will have a bias that the CCS is optimistic about the upcoming year of scientific discovery among the scientists of Biotech. But wait, I've got to admit that I can be a little negative from time to time. For example:

Gilead is expanding and hiring:

I predict they will grow in the most foolish ways imaginable. They have the brass from the ruins of Corus and they have no idea what they are doing. They do have a lot of money to spend however and they will do so for the sole purpose of creating a Cargo Cult Airport. It will be a nice facility with lots of promises presented on all of the lastest equipment available from Dell and software from Microsoft.

But I can also be positive. For example:

Amgen will rebound.
It's an untestable osteoporesis drug. No harm means no foul. Lots of money will be handed over and the leadership will go back to spending the profits on their own Cargo Cult airports within the organization. Their RNAi projects will quietly start to fade and antibody work will be pumped up using new technologies bought from smaller companies.

I'm not an insider. I'll find out what is going on nonetheless. It makes life in the biz much more interesting.

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