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JOBS Act Deconstructed: Testing-the-Waters

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More than 40 biotech companies have gone public using provisions made available to emerging growth companies through the JOBS Act. BIOtechNOW’s JOBS Act Deconstructed series will explore why it has had such an impact on biotech offerings and how emerging companies can leverage the new law to their best advantage. The JOBS Act enables companies to promote themselves to potential investors in advance of their IPO. Prior to the JOBS Act, companies conducting a public offering Read More >

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GAIN Act: A Great First Step

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With over 2 million infections – and 23,000 deaths – caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria each year in the US, everyone agrees there is an urgent need to find new, effective antibiotic therapies. One measure designed to spur such development is the Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now (GAIN) Act, signed into law last year. Given the growing threat posed by resistant bacteria, we decided to hold a workshop with leading experts about what effect the GAIN Read More >

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UK Bioscience Forum: Confronting Common Challenges

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This week, BIO’s President and CEO Jim Greenwood delivered a plenary address to attendees at the UK Bioscience Forum in London, England. Below are excerpts from his speech: We can work together to build the right framework to support innovation. From the way we fund research, to how we protect innovations, to how we attract investment and streamline regulatory approval. The UK has the right innovation ecosystem in place to grow as a global biotech Read More >

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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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