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Choose Wisely My Friend- Survey Says, Identifying the Right R&D Partner is the Most Challenging Aspect of Outsourcing Market

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A recent survey conducted by BIO confirms the increasing reliance on R&D outsourcing as biotech and pharmaceutical companies indicate speed, flexibility, and access to specialized resources drive pipeline strategies/decisions.  Despite these biopharma companies having veteran teams with outsourcing experience, our survey results help quantify inefficiencies facing nearly every relevant organization. The survey polled a group of small biotech companies about their experience with CROs and other contract service providers.  Over 80% of the companies surveyed were actively outsourcing portions of their pre-clinical or clinical pipelines.  Nearly two-thirds of the companies surveyed dedicated more than 20% of their entire budget to these services in 2014.  In addition, every company surveyed plans on maintaining Read More >

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Kyle Bass Files Second IPR Petition

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Today hedge fund manager Kyle Bass has continued his reported “short activist strategy” campaign by filing a second Inter Partes Review (IPR) petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). BIO expressed grave concerns with this exploitation of the patent challenge system following Mr. Bass’ initial filing earlier this month. Follow the below links to read more. BIO’s prior statement issued following Kyle Bass’ first IPR Petition When The Deck is Stacked Against Innovators, Everyone Read More >

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BIO Accepting Nominations for its Award Honoring One Outstanding Woman in Industrial Biotech

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Today, BIO announced that it has officially extended its deadline for the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. In its second year, the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award was created to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing.  Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), Read More >

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Nasdaq Social Bell: Twitter Strategies For Biotechs

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Last week at the BIO CEO & Investor Conference in New York City, I had the pleasure of speaking with John Machiz and Brad Smith from Nasdaq at their headquarters in Times Square to discuss the social media activity that happened onsite during the event, what made the discussion of the event online so robust, and what biotech companies can do to increase their visibility on Twitter. View the video below, and get a recap of the Read More >

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Deal Structures: More Options for Companies

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By most measures, 2014 was a great year for the biotechnology industry. Venture capital deal values, , licensing values and volume were all up, as were big pharma M&A deals and asset swaps. What do these trends mean for dealmakers in 2015? Answering that question was the task of a panel at the 2015 BIO CEO & Investor Conference, Emerging Trends in Deal Structures. Moderated by Fenwick and West’s Effie Toshav, the panel included: Bruce Read More >

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