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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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Creating a Preparedness Plan: A Good Investment

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No one thinks that their company may be affected by a flood, earthquake or other disaster, but with 43 natural disasters in 2011 (Emergency Events Database search on 2011 US based disasters. http://www.emdat.be/advanced-search. Accessed September 15, 2012.) directly affecting millions in the United States, and projections for more for the next few years, more and more small businesses are being seriously impacted.  While many small biotech company owners think disruptions won’t happen to their business, Read More >

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Childhood Cancer Groups Join Forces to Train Childhood Cancer Leaders

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Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States today. Each year, about 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer—more than a schoolroom of children every day. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., and our organizations are drawing attention to these devastating diseases by training advocates to take action to change the future for children with cancer. While the five-year survival rates of some childhood cancers have improved, 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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Food Before Fuel Is a Fight Between the States

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Large swaths of the United States have experienced extreme and exceptional drought conditions this year. And the USDA has predicted lower yields and supply for corn through the remainder of the year. This has touched off a revival of the food before fuel debate, with very few speaking up on behalf of the fuel side. Governors from eight states – Delaware, Maryland, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia – have written EPA Read More >

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