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This guide lists selected print and online information sources available to SFU researchers. If you do not find what you need, contact Mark Bodnar, firstname.lastname@example.org, the Liaison Librarian for Business.
The biotechnology field is full of new terms and concepts that you really have to understand to properly study the industry. The first three sections of this guide (overview, definitions, and current awareness) contain resources to help you get past the language and to provide the most current view of the industry.
See the sub-section on Bio-economy for a high-level view.
What is Biotechnology?
Biotechnology Industry Association
Focused on the industry
from The Balance - some basic articles aimed at educating investors
Ernst & Young: Beyond Borders: Staying the Cource - Biotechnology Report 2017.
Scan the Life Sciences part of the E&Y site for more reports.
Industry Handbook: Biotechnology
S&P (CRFA) Industry Surveys via NetAdvantage
Iincludes a regularly-updated, 30+ page survey of the "Biotechnology" industry, as well as one on the "Life Sciences Tools & Services" industry. Click on Research in the database, then choose the Report Type: Industry Overview and browse for these titles.
Plunkett's Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac 2018
Biotech & Genetics Industry Market Research, Statistics, Trends & Leading Companies
Also try searching our catalogue using the subject Biotechnology - Dictionaries.
General business dictionaries: See the Dictionaries section of the SFU Library's guide to Business Writing for many online and print business dictionaries.
News sources that you can easily check frequently to keep on top of this rapidly changing field:
- BioWorld Online, The Daily Biotechnology Newspaper
- Canada NewsWire: press releases on Canadian biotech companies
- MarketWire: recent news on many industries, including biotech
- Yahoo: Biotechnology Industry News
Note that many of the relevant journals and magazines available online for SFU researchers have "alert" features that allow you to get emails when new issues are published or your chosen topics are reported on. In addition, a growing number of e-journal publishers are making it possible to set up your own RSS feeds of their journal/magazine tables of contents. See section 4.4 (Electronic Journals) of this guide for tips on finding relevant e-journals.
Business Source Complete is most likely to be the first database that you should try, but the other resources on the following lists may also be useful. Ask for assistance if you can't find what you need in these data.
Market analysis and forecasting on a wide range of major emerging technological and scientific developments. Click on My Categories, then choose Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, or Healthcare to start.
Note: One-year, pilot subscription ending Oct. 31, 2018. Feedback needed!
Frost & Sullivan
In-depth industry and market research reports with global coverage of emerging technologies and services in many industries. Start with this rough search for biotechnology.
Note: One-year, pilot subscription ending Aug. 20, 2018. Feedback needed!
Business Source Complete
Uses SUBJECTS such as Biotechnology industries, Genetic engineering industry, and Pharmaceutical biotechnology industry. More tips:
- BSC includes the full-text of such journals/magazines as Biotech Business, Biotech Financial Reports, Biotech Week, Worldwide Biotech, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, and Asia-Pacific Biotech News.
- Note that Business Source Complete also offers some MedTrack and MarketLine company profiles for major companies around the world. Just click on the More > Company Profiles button at the top of the screen in the database and search for your company.
- BSC also has thousands of industry and market reports, many of which touch on biotech topics. Check the box next to the Document Type "Industry Overviews" to focus your search for such reports.
Business Insights - (Note: coverage to 2012 only.)
Access to strategic management reports covering such industries as Healthcare.
Analysis of US, Canada, China and global industries providing insight into current and future industry performance, changing trends, operating conditions and supply chain linkages. Covers dozens of industries in the Life Science field.
Has many full-text trade publications that deal with this topic. Start by searching the following files, each of which covers dozens of relevant industry publications: IET Nanabiotechnology and Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Stories.
Industry reports on health care and related topics (coverage to Spring 2017 only)
Check our lists of business databases for more suggestions.
Science perspective (including biology, medicine, and computing)
Remember to include terms such as industry, business, or commerce in your searches to focus on the business aspects of the topic or you will be buried in scientific articles.
- Agricola: US National Agriculture Library: all things agricultural
- IEEE/IEE Electronic Library: Computing/engineering
- Medline: Medical
- Nature Reviews (online journals via the SFU Library): Cancer, Drug Discovery, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Neuroscience.
- Science & Technology Management Bibliography
- Science Indexes: a wide range of sciences
- Also check our guides to Biology and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry resources
- Academic Search Premier
- CBCA: provides a more Canadian angle on the topic. Start with subjects such as Biotechnology industry
- Web of Science: citation index: find out who has cited key articles in their bibliographies
The SFU Library provides hundreds of journals & magazines that touch on biotechnology, most of which are available online for all current SFU researchers. For examples, see such titles as... Biotechnology & bioengineering, Biotechnology progress, and Biotechnology advances, as well as such magazines as Biotech Financial Reports.
You might want to start by scanning the recent issues of some of the Nature Reviews titles owned by SFU. For example ...
Books often provide a deeper and broader treatment of a subject than you can get from either a journal article or a web site. Start your search in the SFU Library Catalogue (and other local catalogues) with the following subjects:
- Agricultural biotechnology
- Biotechnology industries
- Biotechnology industries -- British Columbia
- Biotechnology -- Canada
- Biotechnology -- Industrial applications
- Genetic engineering industry
- Pharmaceutical industry
Note that some of the resources listed in the Current Awareness section of this guide will give you recent company news/press releases. In addition, the databases listed in the Articles and Reports section are likely to provide company-specific information. The resources below are for more detailed financial information about companies - primarily of publicly-traded companies.
Key databases (largely financial data)
- MarketLine and Medtrack Company Reports via Business Source Complete: Over 31,000 company reports, more than 2000 of which are in the pharma/healthcare field.
- MINT Global
- See our list of Financial Data resources via the SFU Library for more suggestions of this sort. Also see our Company Information guide for resources that offer more textual information (descriptions, SWOTs, etc.).
- BIOTECanada's member list
- Biotechnology Company Directories: Industry Canada
- Biotech Industry Organization (BIO)'s member list
- Canadian Biotechnology Directory [print] -- NOTE: there is an online version of this directory, but it doesn't supply complete company profiles and the search options are relatively basic.
- LifeSciences BC's member list (formerly BCBiotec)
- Ontario Agri-Food Technologies - Members
More detailed SFU Library guides for company information
Associations and industry organizations
Associations and industry organizations often have publications, news, and links to further resources. The following are a few of the many associations and organizations associated with biotechnology.
- BIO Alberta
- BIO Biotechnology Industry Organization
- BioNova: Nova Scotia Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry Association
- Japan Bioindustry Association
- LifeSciences British Columbia
- National Agricultural Biotechnology Council: US
- Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
- Life Sciences Ontario
Governments at all levels can be great sources of useful data and analysis.
- Life Science in BC: From Trade and Invest - BC site: note the related associations listed near the end of the report
- Agriculture and Agrifood Canada: FAQ - Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Foods
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Office of Biotechnology
- Canadian Research Index: Canadian government documents
- Environment Canada
- Health Canada: search for "genetic testing" and related topics to find reports. Also check out their Genetically Modified (GM) Foods and Other Novel Foods page.
- Industry Canada: Life Sciences Industries
- Industry Profiles: Human Resources and Social Development Canada (slightly dated)
- Life Sciences: Alberta Government - some points relevant to BC and Canada as a whole
- Statistics Canada
- National Human Genome Research Institute: includes information on ethical, legal & social implications
- US Patent and Trademark Office: searchable patent database
- US Human Genome Project Information
- US Dept. of Agriculture: Agricultural Biotechnology Website
- Washington LifeScience.com
- Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
- European Commission: Biotechnology: GMOs in Agriculture & Biotechnology
- OECD Biotechnology
- FAO - Agricultural Biotechnologies
- More? - A detailed list of government sites around the world can be found at Governments on the WWW.
Web guides & directories
These sites have been chosen because they have extensive links to biotechnology information. They are great places to start searching if the resources in this guide don't have what you need.
- BIOZONE - Biotechnology Links
- FAO - Agricultural Biotechnology - Links
- Information Systems for Biotechnology: Agbiotech information
- International Economics Network: Check out the ITC/Biotech section.
- Bioethics Resources on the Web: US National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Biotech Ethics: Ethics in the Biotechnology Industry (see also the related resources on the right side of the page, including a few sites by the same author: Genetics & Ethics; StemCells.ca; and PharmacoEthics.com)
- Canadian Bioethics Society
- The [U.S.] President's Council on Bioethics: ceased in 2009, but their documents have been archived and made available by Georgetown University. See also Georgetown's amazing Bioethics Research Library.
Start by searching the indexes listed in the Articles & Reports section above. The following list of journals is among the many potentially relevant titles that are online for SFU researchers.
- American journal of bioethics
- Journal of business ethics
- Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal
- Health Matrix: Journal of Law Medicine
- Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
- Journal of Medical Ethics
- Theoretical medicine and bioethics
Start your search in our catalogue with such subject headings as:
- Biology - Social Aspects
- Business - Ethics
- Medical ethics
- Social responsibility of business
- Technology - Moral And Ethical Aspects
The following guides to patent research are great starting points: