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Flying Green: Spotlight on Aviation Biofuels

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BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy kicked off it’s Thursday programming with a plenary session called Flying Green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels. Moderator Ross MacFarlane of Climate Solutions set the stage calling the issue of creating sustainable, low carbon alternatives to fossil fuels one of the biggest challenges for the next era of flight. MacFarlane cited cost, conflict and climate as the three main drivers for aviation biofuels. Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum: The New Kids on the Biotech Block

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Where should biotech start-ups look for funding in the venture capital desert that is becoming the new normal? The panel The New Kids on the Biotech Block: Trends in Early-Stage Financing kicked off the 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum and focused on non-traditional early-stage investors and deal structures. Moderated by Jeron Eaves, a senior practice executive with Campbell Alliance, the panel highlighted companies that have secured financing from creative sources, like patient advocacy groups and venture Read More >

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34 daily newspapers from California urge voters to vote NO on Prop 37

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In recent editorials, California’s major daily newspapers are urging voters to reject Proposition 37 on the November ballot.  Read all No on Prop. 37 editorials here. The San Jose Mercury News says Prop 37 has best of intent, but bad drafting. “Proposition 37 should never have been placed on the ballot this fall.”  “…there are real problems with this particular law.” “A badly drafted law with good intentions is still a bad law.” “Voters should reject Read More >

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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?

Stem Cell Therapy

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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