bio·​tech | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtek \
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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Lai’s story is an intriguing post-apocalyptic novel, one rife with biotech and the remnants of the world from before. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 How Moderna performs in its share-trading debut could help shape the fate of the broader biotech market for months to come. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Moderna IPO Raises Over $600 Million in Rocky Market," 6 Dec. 2018 In biotech, the story of the past several decades has been one of exponential progress. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Shares of biotech Incyte tumbled following a clinical trial setback for one of the company’s marquee experimental cancer drugs. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Facebook Hospital Data, Incyte Stock, Yescarta Price," 6 Apr. 2018 Those gains are outsized even by the standards of the volatile biotech market., "In Race for Blood Cancer Therapy, a Chinese Biotech Firm Surges 500%," 13 Feb. 2018 The simple reason is the biotech market has done quite well. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Two Bay Area firms go public amid continued surge in biotech IPOs," 26 Jan. 2018 Allison eventually found a small biotech firm that was interested in the approach (the company was later acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb), and human trials were in progress in the early 2000s. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Treatments that cause the immune system to attack cancer earn a Nobel," 1 Oct. 2018 Synlogic, a biotech firm Collins co-founded and advises, is developing several therapies that use this type of logic switch in bacteria. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​tech | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtek \

Medical Definition of biotech

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

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