Archive for February, 2013
Imagine a future in which anyone needing a transplant could just create the needed tissue on their home printer.
That day hasn’t arrived yet … but it’s getting closer all the time.
A partnership between a global software firm and an early-stage biotech player is already promising to transform the field of medical transplants.
And for many patients, that day can’t get here soon enough.
Each year here in the U.S. alone more than a million people need some type of new tissue. We’re taking everything from heart valves, to corneas for the eyes, to entire hearts and kidneys.
Though we’ve made huge strides in transplant technology, the sheer number of transplant candidates remains huge – resulting in a bottleneck that’s all too often fatal. Each year, more than 6,500 people die while waiting for a donated organ – the equivalent of 18 a day.
In our advanced age of medicine, that’s 18 too many.
In the very near future, however, doctors may simply “print” the tissues or organs you need to regain your good health. That’s the ultimate goal of a cutting-edge field known as 3D “bioprinting.”
Bioprinting is shaping up as one of the next big miracles of medicine – and one of the next big profit plays in biotechnology.
As a teen growing up in the 1970s, I was a fan of the popular TV show The Six Million Man, and often dreamed of being a real-life version of Steve Austin, the world’s original bionic being.
For millions of us, that dream may soon come true.
Austin, you’ll no doubt recall, was the bigger-than-life main character of the long-running drama. The former astronaut was battered in a horrid test-flight crash (“I can’t hold her … she’s breaking up, she’s breaking up!”) and was expected to die. But doctors not only saved Austin’s life … they decided they could “rebuild him” by using bionic implants.
And those high-tech devices boosted Austin’s speed, strength and vision far beyond human levels.
Now a global research team is reporting great progress in building a lab-created being.
Here comes the first fully functional “bionic man.”
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That’s a message that I want you to take to heart.
You see, the great thing about running a tech-investing letter like this one in the Age of the Internet is that I can actually respond to your ideas, questions and needs.
It wasn’t like that in the world of print publishing, where I spent much of my career. And I was always bothered by that fact.
That’s why, when I came here to launch Era of Radical Change, I vowed to make this service different – different than anything else available. As a well-connected expert on tech-sector trends, my goal is to give you insights, lessons and strategies that you’ll find nowhere else, and to cap that off with profit opportunities you can act on immediately.
Based on your quickly growing feedback, the approach seems to be working.
So let’s address some of your latest tech-investing questions.
The New Space Race is still in its very early stages but a particular small-cap maker of rocket engines is already generating an amazing amount of thrust.
Here’s the thing. While the stocks of the major U.S. aerospace ventures have generated miniscule returns over the past year, shares of this California firm have soared by nearly 105%.
And that’s just a start.
Indeed, the shares of this company experienced a 6% surge in a single day earlier this week when billionaire investor Mario Gabelli told viewers of the popular CNBC Squawk Box program that this company’s shares could double from here.
Of course, I’m talking about…
It promises to spot terrorists – before they strike.
It will predict killer storms – warning us when and where they’ll hit.
The new technology trend known as “Big Data” is sweeping the globe, and is expected to facilitate stunning – even life-saving – transformations in intelligence-gathering, meteorology, medicine, finance, and virtually every other field you can think of.
But only if a major problem can be solved.
That problem – a critical obstacle, really – is one that keeps getting in the way. It’s called the “memory wall” and it’s the one digital barricade that every computer engineer in the world wants to hurdle.
Today I’m going to give you a peek at the potential solution to this digital bottleneck – a solution so revolutionary that a respected trade journal recently named it one of the 10 technologies most likely to transform the electronics industry.
I’m going to introduce you to the “Killer Elite” that cracked this computing conundrum.
And I’m going to tell you how you can profit from an innovative breakthrough that most retail investors aren’t even aware of yet.
Let me explain…
How often has your smartphone died during a conference call with your biggest client, or while you’re enjoying the highlight replays of your favorite team’s latest win?
A new substance that you’ve probably never heard of could end that worry – and a few others, as well.
Just created at the University of Buffalo, this advanced substance is billed as a portable hydrogen fuel cell. Just add water, and the chemical reaction will yield an instant way to charge your cellphone’s dead battery.
Not surprisingly, the research team that invented it believes this new form of silicon could also be a big hit with the military … once the substance is ready for sale, that is.
On its face, this sounds like another bit of technological wizardry … the kind of invention each of us probably reads about several times a week. But if you take a step back, and look at the big picture as I have, you’ll see that there’s something much more powerful – and dynamic – taking place here.
You see, we’ve now entered what I refer to as the “Golden Age of Materials Science.” I’ve been watching this sector for more than 25 years and I’ve never seen so much innovation occurring at one time.
And that means the profit potential in this overlooked sector is big – and getting bigger with each new discovery.
When you peruse the tech-dominated headlines these days, a lot of the talk is about how smartphones and tablets are taking over for notebooks and laptops – which had taken over for desktop PCs.
But with the confusing mix of keyboards, track pads, touch-screens, and even voice and gesture commands that are in use today, there are at least as many different ways to interact with all those computing devices as there are different devices themselves.
But Intel Corp. (NasdaqGS: INTC) is pioneering a new type of technology the chip-giant says will bring order to this interface confusion.
And it refers to this invention as “perceptual computing.”
As an investor, even when your focus is technology, you can’t forget the people factor.
That cardinal rule of high-tech stock picking is one that I never forget.
I learned it back in my journalism days, when I broke the biggest story of my career … a national news story about an $80 million debacle at Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC).
The focus of that debacle was technology.
But the catalyst was human.
Let me tell you the story … and show you how it influences the work that I do for you here in the Era of Radical Change.