Yali Friedman, chief science office at New Economy Strategies and author of Building Biotechnology and the BiotechBlog, recently set out his picks for the top-5 must read blogs for keeping track of all the developments in biotechnology.

The following blogs are his picks as best-in-class and should be an integral part of your daily read to keep abreast of advances and back stories in biotechnology:

1) DRUG WONKS
http://www.drugwonks.com/

As the forum for the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, Drug Wonks covers policy affecting biotechnology. This blog also tracks and responds to Op-Eds and other news items, providing additional perspective on many important topics.

2) IN THE PIPELINE
http://pipeline.corante.com/

This blog is unique in that it is written by an actual scientist. Although he sometimes gets carried away with scientific details, author Derek Lowe provides valuable insight on the back-stories behind industry developments and also provides his unique perspectives on life as a scientist. His occasional battles with Kevin Trudeau and his acolytes over the legitimacy of pharmaceutical drugs versus vitamin supplements, and the ensuing arguments in the comments sections, also make for good reading.

3) PATENT BARISTAS
http://www.patentbaristas.com/

Somewhat complementing the policy coverage presented by Drug Wonks, but also delving deep into the world of biotechnology patents, the Patent Baristas effectively cover the foundations that define the scope of commercial biotechnology. When new regulations or patent rulings are announced, head over to Patent Baristas for background and an in-depth overview.

4) PHARMA MARKETING BLOG
http://pharmamkting.blogspot.com/

In many ways, the Pharma Marketing blog embodies what makes blogs worth reading. The site opens with an unapologetic disclaimer that the site contains blogger John Mack’s personal opinions. In his blog, Mack launches spirited attacks at questionable ethics in marketing and perceived lacks of oversight by industry organizations.

5) MARS BLOG
http://blog.marsdd.com/

This blog is hosted by MaRS, a convergence innovation center located in downtown Toronto. MaRS staffers and guests blog on topics such as emerging science and technology, entrepreneurship and business, and innovation policy. What sets MaRS apart from other blogs is the depth of coverage in each of these categories and well as the demonstrated desire to ask, and address, fundamental questions.

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