Biotech companies meet amid Trump uncertainties

PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM | January 9, 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO — The biotech industry converges this week for its largest annual conference amid an uncertain new federal policy environment under President-elect Trump. JPMorgan's Health Investor Conference, the industry's biggest annual networking event, will feature presentations Monday through Thursday from more than 450 companies including the biggest biotech, medical device and drug companies, and some provider groups and insurers. New drug developments and revenue forecasts will be a big part of the week. But this year, companies face the prospect of Congress repealing much of the Affordable Care Act and a Republican president who has taken a hardline stance on high drug prices — a much different backdrop for the industry than had Hillary Clinton won the election

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