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Crowdfunding in Health Care and Biotechnology

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Smaller private companies are constantly in search of capital, but many find it difficult to navigate the step between a “friends and family” round or one with angels and an initial venture round. Crowdfunding has been used in a limited number of examples for life sciences companies, but where is this pathway heading? How should a company look at opportunities for crowdfunding? During the 12th annual BIO Investor Forum, a CEO moderator, Nicholas Franano of Novita Read More >

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Confused Consumers are a Desirable Bonus of I-522

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With less than a month out, Washington State Initiative 522 continues to garner more and more attention of state voters. If enacted, the law would require labeling of genetically engineered foods on the packaging of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seed and seed stock, or on retail shelf signage for unpackaged products. Exemptions to these regulations would be provided under the measure.  If found in violation of not meeting the labeling requirements, offenders could Read More >

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The New Road to IPO in the Age of the JOBS Act

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Not surprisingly, sessions discussing the topic of IPOs at this year’s BIO Investor Forum, tend to fill the room. Furthermore, it should surprise no one that this year’s IPO discussions were upbeat. That is mostly attributable to the dramatically higher number of IPOs that have already occurred this year. Furthermore, according to Jeff Baumel, moderator of a panel covering this very topic, deals are closing faster this year – with a median time of just Read More >

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BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit: Patient-Focused Drug Development

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Panelists in this morning’s opening session outlined strategies for the FDA to better engage the patient community to guide the drug development process. “Patients should be providing input and guidance throughout the entire drug review process,” said Marc Boutin, Executive VP and COO of the National Health Council. Boutin highlighted the improvements made through PDUFA V to open up and enhance the Agency’s interaction and engagement with patients. “Integrating our perspective into how drugs are Read More >

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The “Designer Baby” Patent: Why the Patent System Should Not Regulate Science

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23andMe received criticism this week from a few bioethicists in the journal Genetics in Medicine, regarding a patent titled “gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations.”   The ethicists write,  “Selecting children in ways such as those patented by 23andMe is hugely ethically controversial… We believe the patent office made a serious mistake in allowing a patent that includes drop-down menus from which to choose a future child’s traits… At no stage during the examination of the patent application Read More >

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