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BIO Technology Transfer Symposium: Funding that First $2 Million

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With creative funding schemes picking up steam and nontraditional funders taking an interest in biotech, what can universities and start-ups expect in their right first-round financing structure? At the BIO Technology Transfer Symposium, a panel examined various funding sources as well as the factors that influence investment decisions and the ins and outs of early stage financing deals. William Tucker, executive director, Innovation Alliances and Services, University of California Office of the President, moderated a Read More >

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Cancer Stem Cell Therapy: Real Or Just Hype?

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Also known as tumor-initiating cells, cancer stem cells (CSC) have unique capability endemic to stem cells of self-renewal and differentiation, thereby causing tumor relapse and/or metastatis. While traditional cancer treatments focus on tumor shrinkage, it’s a distinct possibility that these agents do not effectively destroy all of the CSCs, causing the tumor to reappear. The CSC theory is relatively new, so the treatment pipeline is still in its early stages. Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad, a contributor to Read More >

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2012 BIO Technology Transfer Symposium

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BIO’s Technology Transfer Symposium is right around the corner, next Monday, October 8th in fact. And whether you are planning on attending the BIO Investor Forum, the Tech Transfer offers a unique insight in to the value of biotech public-private partnerships. The Tech Transfer highlights recent and successful early stage technology transfer deals from a variety of perspectives, including universities, government and venture capitalists. Attendees will learn about how technology transfer offices and industry are working Read More >

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2012 BIO Investor Forum: Presenting Companies Making News

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Need a heart valve? Perhaps a bit more cartilage in your knees? Better yet, how about new blood vessels to bypass the old blocked ones? Amazingly, the days of relying upon animal or human cadavers’ tissue grafts to address these medical needs may possibly be drawing to a close. This is not Star Trek and this is not the Walt Disney’s optimistic science of Tomorrowland. As detailed in the Wall Street Journal last week, medical Read More >

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A Start-Up Model Worthy of Consideration

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Biotech LLCs are getting a lot of attention lately, and perhaps rightfully so. The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Gormley recently talked to Albert L. Sokol, a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer, about the two venture-backed biotechs – Forma Therapeutics and Viamet Pharmaceuticals – that he helped convert to LLCs. In the WSJ article – Biotech Start-Ups See Benefits from Changing Structure, Lawyer Says – Sokol describes the benefits to start-ups and their venture investors, as Read More >

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