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State Bioscience Groups Discuss Best Practices


This week the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) held its annual retreat in Scottsdale, AZ, where over 40 different state-based bioscience advocacy organization gathered to discuss legislative and regulatory best practices that support bioscience industry development. More than 100 invited participants engaged in discussions covering the topics of economic development initiatives, ongoing federal and state legislative industry priorities, and advocacy communications campaigns. BIO’s State Government Relations team would like to extend our gratitude to Read More >

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BIO World Congress Update: Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

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The 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is taking place next April 17-20, 2016 in sunny San Diego, CA. BIO has officially extended the Call for Proposals Deadline to November 20, 2016. So, there is still time to submit an abstract for a panel session, speaker submission, or GreenTech Investor Session! Proposed presentations can cover a range of topics, including: Renewable Chemicals Biobased Products Enzyme development Algae for fuels and bioproducts Specialty Chemicals Synthetic Read More >

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Haves and Have Nots in Biotech Venture Capital


Recent data from the BIO Industry Analysis team tells a story of “haves and have-nots” in US biopharma venture capital. Three key findings were discussed Wednesday at the 14th Annual BIO Investor Forum. The first finding from the recent study is that funding of therapeutic companies is strong for late rounds (Series B and above), but weak for Series A. Although total levels of venture funding have been climbing recently, the majority of the increase is from late rounds. Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Closes with Record Attendance


The 14th Annual BIO Investor Forum wrapped up in San Francisco yesterday, having exceeded all previous attendance and participation records. The energy and buzz around #BIF15 is another sign of the continued strength and resilience of the biotech industry. This year’s forum brought together over 900 registered attendees and 175 presenting companies, facilitating 1700 meetings between investors and senior management for emerging and established biotechnology companies. Scott Whitaker, President of the BIO International Convention and Read More >

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Fireside Chat: “Everything we knew in science 10 years ago is wrong.”


The speed of scientific innovation these days is comparable to the PC innovation era of the 1980s, according to Robert Nelsen of ARCH Venture Partners at today’s BIO Investor Forum fireside chat. This is not to say that he feels investing in biopharma is a short term game. Robert urged the audience to “keep their faith” in good science and the “good ideas will percolate up” to yield innovative breakthroughs. Having played a significant role Read More >

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