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Drug Discovery & Development: Partnering for Success…and Survival

There are pressures on Big Pharma and biotech emerging companies alike to engage in more creative deal making to ensure positive outcomes for both parties, Ted Agres writes in Drug Discovery and Development. While the number of deals has remained relatively flat in 2011, the dollar amount of individual deals has increased overall. Oncology remains the most sought after category, followed by CNS, anti-infectives, metabolic diseases, dermatology and cardiovascular. Partnering activity at BIO events is on Read More >

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15 Keys to Success from Fierce Biotech’s Top 15 Women in Biotech

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This week, Fierce Biotech recognized 15 women who are leading the way in biotech. Each of them represents the drive and determination that it takes to succeed in the industry, but what do they recommend beyond these inherent qualities? We pulled together the list below based on their profiles so that others can learn from their experience (yes, that made the list). In no particular order: 1. Take risks 2. Have an entrepreneurial spirit 3. Read More >

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Reverse Mergers: A Company is Ready to Go Public, or it’s Not

The latest IPO window has stalled. There have been five IPO withdrawals since June and around 30 since 2005. Global macro events are threatening to completely shut it. Reverse mergers have become an increasingly popular option with eight transactions in the last year. Unfortunately, 47 percent of reverse mergers have decreased in value post-close since 2008. At the 2011 BIO Investor Forum, a panel of experts examined the current financing environment and what private executive Read More >

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Boosting Investment in Biotech

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The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness issued an interim report with suggestions to increase job creation and growth in the U.S., as well as plans for encouraging investment in the industry. Of particular interest to the biotech industry, the report offers suggestions for streamlining the FDA approval process. The report also outlines ideas for eliminating capital gains on investments of $25 million or less that are held for at least five years and recommends Read More >

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BayBio Announces Lifetime Achievement DiNA Award Recipient

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Dr. Michael Hunkapiller has been named BayBio’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement DiNA Award recipient. He will be honored on Thursday, November 3rd, at the 2011 Pantheon Awards Ceremony, an annual program hosted by BayBio, a life science trade association representing the industry in Northern California. From the invention of the DNA sequencer during his days at Caltech, to the introduction of first automated DNA sequencer in 1986 and the realization of the Human Genome Mapping Project Read More >

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