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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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Increasing Partnering at BIO

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Mike May from Biotech Tallies writes: At the 2011 BIO International Convention, the number of one-on-one partnering meetings soared to 21,183… The increasing number of such meetings probably reflects the growth in biotechnology, the escalating importance of BIO’s annual meeting and the expanding need to partner for success in this field.

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Biotech IPO Window – Still Ajar?

IPO plans for Quark Pharmaceuticals were officially put on hold last week as markets continue to drop and investors shy away from risk. This is the fifth IPO withdrawal since June. Ambit, Agendia and Clarus cited market reasons for their withdrawals, and Advanced BioHealing sought a higher valuation exit via acquisition. Only one biotech IPO, Horizon Pharma, has made it out in the last six months. Of the nine biotech IPOs so far in 2011, Read More >

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Policies that Benefit Start-Ups Grow the Bio-Economy

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The United States remains the land of entrepreneurialism despite our lingering economic troubles. To maintain our nation’s global leadership and drive job growth, we must continue to create policies that encourage and reward innovation in growth industries — including biotechnology. Jeffrey Bussgang, a general partner at the venture capital firm Flybridge Capital Partners contributed an interesting piece to Fortune/CNN Money in which he points out that start-up companies – not small businesses – are the Read More >

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