Monthly Archives: January 2012

IPO Update – Jan 2012

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2011 ended quietly for the US biotech IPO market. It has now been almost two months without a biotech IPO. The last few IPOs back in November continued the theme that was in place at the beginning of the year – you can get out, but with a -30% haircut. In fact, only two of the 12 IPOs in 2011 raised more than they filed for. This is shown in chart 1 below. The two Read More >

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Illinois Sees Biotech as Key to Job Growth

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For every job created in the biotech industry, up to five additional jobs are created to build research facilities; maintain laboratory and computer equipment; supply laboratory and office equipment, and provide basic services to even the most modest biotechnology facilities. David Miller of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization is well aware of the above statistic. He shared his views on the challenges and payoffs tied to establishing Chicago as a high-tech employment hub earlier this Read More >

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HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia When the HIV/AIDS epidemic became widely known in the early 1980s I lived in San Francisco. I lost many dear friends during those years. That made working on “HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology” very personal to me. Thirty years later and despite an all-too-common public perception that this terrible disease has been solved, the research to find a vaccine is actually more important than ever. The sad truth is that Read More >

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The Future of the Bioscience on Display in Arizona

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In this increasingly global economy, science education programs in America are the vital pipeline for developing the bioscience workforce of the future. Sadly, only 52 percent of 12th graders are at or above a basic level of achievement in the sciences, and for 8th graders only 57 percent are at a basic level of achievement. This is why BIO is such a strong advocate of programs that encourage and support students who have an interest Read More >

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Virginia Governor McDonnell Aims to Lure Biotech Jobs

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled an economic development package Wednesday that includes $37 million to lure businesses and jobs to the commonwealth. Nearly one quarter of which is earmarked for life sciences and biotechnology industry development — sectors that are staples of the economy of neighboring Maryland. The announcement was made during a press conference, in which Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said “There, frankly, are a lot of states around the country over the Read More >

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