bio·​tech | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtek How to pronounce biotech (audio) \
plural biotechs

Definition of biotech

2 : a company that utilizes biotechnology (as in the development of drugs or diagnostics for medicine) At present, there is no common technology platform for obtaining or sharing genomics information, so biotechs are scrambling to develop their own systems for sifting through the data.— Arlene Weintraub

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Submit an op-ed at More Great WIRED Stories High drama: A cannabis biotech firm roils small growers Are super-automatic espresso machines worth it? Matt Simon, WIRED, "Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who," 2 Aug. 2019 The first 25 companies to be listed on the board on Monday range from telecommunications equipment makers to biotech firms. Jane Li, Quartz, "China’s answer to Nasdaq will finally let markets do their thing," 19 July 2019 Those industries include next-generation information technology, smart manufacturing, aerospace, new materials, renewable energy and biotech. Laura He, CNN, "China's answer to the Nasdaq just started trading. One stock soared 500%," 21 July 2019 Hogan says renewing the agreement will help build on mutual strengths that Maryland and Kanagawa have in biotech and life sciences. USA TODAY, "Gator captured, pledge restored, ailing giraffe put down: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 Although known as a biotech and medical research hub, the neighborhood is home to two large tech companies: Cloud storage company Dropbox, which went public last year, has a 736,000-square-foot headquarters at the Exchange project. Roland Li,, "SF’s Mission Bay is almost complete, as last commercial site seeks approval," 11 July 2019 Unlike most biotechs in San Diego that only have a few research programs to their name, Ionis has more than 40 medicines in development. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "4 San Diego companies that grew billions (and billions) while you weren’t looking," 8 July 2019 Safi Bahcall, the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, is a physicist and biotech entrepreneur. Safi Bahcall, WIRED, "NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk," 3 July 2019 Here is STAT’s Biotech Scorecard, our regular ledger of stock-moving biotech events, for the third quarter. STAT, "The biotech scorecard for the third quarter: 12 stock-moving events to watch," 1 July 2019

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​tech | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtek How to pronounce biotech (audio) \

Medical Definition of biotech

2 : a company that utilizes biotechnology (as in the development of drugs or diagnostics for medicine)

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