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Gates to contribute $50M for Ebola response

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Bill Gates was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the Gates Foundation’s contribution of $50 million to support emergency response to Ebola. Mr. Gates responded to criticism that the U.S. was initially slow to properly address the African crisis. He noted that it would be virtually impossible to respond much quicker to the unprecedented scale of the outbreak. He did call upon other countries to step up and dedicate resources as well. The most recent Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Company Snapshot: Syntrix Biosystems

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1.     What is your company’s lead product or technology? Omnitram (O-desmethyltramadol) is a novel  oral analgesic developed by Syntrix that alleviates pain via a dual mechanism involving mu-opioid receptor activation and inhibition of the reuptake of norepinephrine.  Omnitram is in clinical development and has just completed a Phase 1b double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial (N=40) in experimental pain. 2.     What sets your company apart from competitors? Omnitram is a proprietary solution for pain relief that is Read More >

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Patient and Venture Philanthropy Groups Presenting at 2014 BIO Investor Forum

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BIO’s alliance development team works to foster collaboration between the biotech industry and nonprofit disease foundations. In recent years, many nonprofit foundations have become more engaged in the drug development process – whether they have created clinical trial recruitment tools, established a disease registry, or funded emerging biotech companies. Recognizing the value of these initiatives to expedite research and drug development, BIO provides opportunities for venture philanthropies and patient organizations to connect with BIO members Read More >

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Corporate Venture Capital Company Profiles

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To celebrate BIO Investor Forum, and, of course, Halloween, the Partnering Team over at BIO put together a succinct and definitive guide to the SCARY biopharma-related corporate venture capitalists (CVCs). Join us at BIO Investor Forum for the opportunity to have private 30-minute meetings with almost all the CVCs in our guide! Now, some SPOOKY facts about modern-day CVCs, based on publicly available information: CVCs prefer to be minority investors (generally contributing less than 20%). Read More >

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Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Ebola Drug Gets Nod From FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals to provide an experimental drug to people with confirmed or suspected Ebola virus infections, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. “Our TKM-Ebola drug supplies are limited, but we will continue to help where we can,” Tekmira Chief Executive Mark J. Murray said in a press release. The drug is still in clinical testing to assess whether it is safe and effective. BIO Read More >

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