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2017 Biotech Charity Contest
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Welcome to the 2017 Biotech Stock Picking Charity Contest.

Here are the 2017 Contest Guidelines:

1) Each contestant starts with a virtual $100,000 cash to be allocated to a portfolio of biotech stocks. Initial portfolio stock prices for the 2017 Contest will be set at their closing price on Friday, December 30, 2016. The Contest’s end date is Friday, December 29, 2017, 4PM EST. Contestants are pledged to donate to the charity selected by the contestant with the year’s best-performing portfolio. The Contest portfolio submission deadline is Monday, January 2, 2017, Midnight, PST.

2) Only biotech stocks are eligible to be included in Contest portfolios.
Traditionally, we've defined "biotech" very broadly. However, if one or more contestants strongly object to a particular stock being categorized as a biotech, I’ll use my judgment to determine whether that stock is eligible for the Contest.

3) Foreign and low-priced biotech stocks are considered eligible. For foreign stocks, I will generally use prices from the exchange where that stock is most actively traded, with prices converted to dollars based on the appropriate prevailing exchange rate.
Traditionally, Contest portfolios overloaded with penny or illiquid stocks are frowned upon. In such cases, I may ask the contestant to change her/his portfolio composition. In addition, if one or more contestants strongly object to a penny or foreign stock pick due to it being illiquid, I’ll use my judgment to determine whether that stock is eligible for the Contest.

4) Each portfolio should include a minimum of 8 stocks and a maximum of 10 stocks.

5) Each portfolio stock’s allocation is limited to a maximum of 20% and a minimum of 5%.

6) I use the Yahoo Finance symbols to download quotes. So if Yahoo uses a suffix in a stock symbol, please include it when posting your picks. To make it easier for me to set up my spreadsheet, here are two examples of the best way to post your picks:
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As indicated above, all I need is the symbol (in UPPERCASE) and %age of $100,000 you wish to invest. Please leave a few spaces between the symbol and %age. It also helps if you alphabetize your stock picks.

7) Contest portfolios may be posted on this thread or in a Silicon Investor PM to me.
Portfolios posted to me by PM will not be made public until the Contest submission deadline has passed.

8) Stock picks may be rejected if it appears a contestant violated the Biotechie Code of Honor by taking unfair advantage of market-moving news (e.g., news following the 12/30/16 market close but prior to the 1/2/17 submission deadline). Contestants may appeal any such rejection.

9) No trading is allowed during the Contest year, with the initial portfolio being held until the Contest end date: Friday, December 29, 2017, 4PM EST.

10) In the case of buyouts for cash the proceeds will be reallocated to the remaining portfolio stocks. The initial portfolio percentage allocations to those stocks will be used to determine the reallocation percentages.

11) A contestant's pledge amount and designated charity may be posted along with the initial portfolio, or at a later date. Pledge amounts should be donated to the charity selected by the Contest winner.
In past Contests, some contestants have donated to a charity of my choice. But such donation is entirely optional.

12) Contestants objecting to decisions I make (e.g., rejection of a stock pick) may appeal my decision to the other contestants. I will change my decision if the majority of contestants who indicate their opinion on the appeal support it.

I generally post weekly Contest updates. For prospective new contestants who’d like to check out the 2016 Contest board, here’s the link:
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The Biotech Charity Contest boards prior to 2016 are also available at Silicon Investor by searching for:
[year] Biotech Charity

Best wishes for a Healthy & Prosperous 2017 Biotechies!
Peace & good health,
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252I missed the IONS move - why the ETFs were red/barely green. Thanks. JonRobohogs-yesterday
2519/22/2017 Contest update Now that we know both “Rocket Man” Kim Jong-un &BulbaMan-last Friday
2509/15/2017 Contest update InfoWarrior, Alex Jones, thinks White House turncoatBulbaMan-September 15
2499/8/2017 Contest update I’ll be spending a nervous weekend anxious about my DBulbaMan-September 8
248 You’re welcome, Lester. Let’s hope Hurricane Irma is less devastating than HarrBulbaMan-September 6
247Thanks for arranging great contest. Natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, eLesterPerez-September 6
246Hugely odd there is no commentary here. Tiring. HerefordRibSteak-September 1
2459/1/2017 Contest update Go fly a KITE! Ok, I couldn’t resist. Neither could GBulbaMan-September 1
244 I didn’t understand how devastating Hurricane Harvey was turning out to be whenBulbaMan1August 26
2438/25/2017 Contest update Maybe I’m being overly gloomy, but my superstitious BulbaMan-August 25
2428/18/2017 Contest update It was a week filled with horror and investors were BulbaMan1August 18
2418/11/2017 Contest update For those looking for fire & fury, there was pleBulbaMan-August 12
240Early days yet. :-)nigel bates-August 8
239Gonna get wild here. $FGEN big up move. $ESPR too. JonRobohogs-August 8
238Thanks Bulba. He and Peter nailed this one!! Peter was talking IPF data late Robohogs-August 8
237 Robo: Dough’s Twitter handle is @tgtxdough. Here are a couple of Dough’s tweetsBulbaMan-August 8
236What were the tweets?Robohogs-August 8
235Sorry Nigel. I was so excited I missed the FGEN in your Contest portfolio. ;-) HBulbaMan-August 7
234Pretty sure I had some ?nigel bates-August 7
233P.S. I don’t have FGEN in my Contest portfolio but owned a decent number in realA.J. Mullen-August 7
232Re FGEN: For the curious, 24 or exactly half of the Contest portfolios hold FGENBulbaMan-August 7
2318/4/2017 Contest update A jury found “bad boy of biotech” Martin Shkreli guilBulbaMan-August 4
230Thanks guys. I am thrilled just to be on the lead board. I realize luck is good Smallbio1July 29
229Yeah HRS, I noticed the DVAX news with SMALLB’s portfolio the only holder. UsingBulbaMan-July 29
228Congrats SMALLB. Should have a firm hold on the lead after todayHerefordRibSteak-July 28
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