Barclays Global Investors of San Francisco will launch its first exchange-traded fund that tracks a Nasdaq index sometime in January, according to a preliminary prospectus the company filed with the SEC Oct. 19.

The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund will track biotechnology and health stocks included in the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, said Kerry Steele, a company spokesperson. Companies included in the index use biomedical research for the discovery or development of new treatments and cures for disease, according to the prospectus.

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