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Picks and Pans – The Buy-Side View for 2012

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What’s the forecast for biotech in 2012? Do investors think it is a good time to invest in biotechnology? Are they interested in taking on early stage companies? At the BIO CEO & Investor Conference opening plenary, the BIO Industry Analysis team released results from their Investor Perception Study and, afterwards, a panel of portfolio managers and senior buy-side analysts fielded a range of question about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. David Gluckman, M.D., Read More >

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“Alz” Well That Ends Well: The Beta-Amyloid Debate in Alzheimer’s Research

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Researchers and clinicians alike believe there is substantial evidence to support the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may be caused by deposition of amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) in plaques in brain tissue. But drugs targeted towards the beta-amyloid have met with significant setbacks challenging whether the target is, in fact, real. With several late stage drugs targeting beta-amyloid poised for market entry, a panel of opinion leaders in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and scientific industry specialists Read More >

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AUTM Website Helps Commercialize University Technologies

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By Robin L. Rasor, CLP, RTTP, AUTM President As president of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), I’m in a unique position of hearing from university technology managers who want more opportunity to interact with industry, and industry members who want to identify the latest breakthrough innovations. Industry investors and their academic licensing counterparts already come together for dealmaking at the AUTM Annual Meeting and at the BIO International Convention, but now we have Read More >

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Patent Awards for Humanitarian Ventures

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The USPTO recently announced the Patents for Humanity Challenge which awards patent owners and licensees for innovations that address humanitarian needs.  Judges will chose winners from four categories: Medical technology – includes medicines, vaccines, diagnostic equipment, or assistive devices. Food and nutrition – includes agricultural technology like drought-resistant crops, more nutritious crop strains, farming equipment, and technologies that improve food storage, preservation, or preparation. Clean technology – includes technologies that improve public health by removing Read More >

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Fireside Chat with Moncef Slaoui, GlaxoSmithKline

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Moncel Slaoui, chairman of research and development (R&D) at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), opened the 2012 BIO CEO & Investor Conference with a Fireside Chat where he provided insight in to his company’s biopharma R&D strategy. “GSK has announced that our R&D budget is no more a percentage of sales. If you think about it, it doesn’t make sense,” Slaoui stated, “because, sales are a marker of R&D 10 and 15 years ago.” Right now, GSK has Read More >

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