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Big Ventures

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It is rare to see triple digit millions in private financing rounds, but it does happen once or twice a year on average. In the headlines last week, was the largest triple digit VC round in years – the $160M in venture capital funding for Intarcia. With the simultaneous debt financing of $50M, the total funding round was $210M. Behind the deal were existing investors New Enterprise Associates, New Leaf Venture Partners and Venrock, plus Read More >

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Diverting Attention from Rising Food Costs

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The EPA on Friday Nov. 16 rejected the petitions by governors of several states to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard for the coming year. The petitions were filed in August 2012 while farmers across numerous states suffered the worst drought in recent history. While everyone recognized the severe economic hardships caused by the drought, the agency found that the evidence did not show that the RFS “would likely or even probably cause harm to the Read More >

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The ‘Access to Medicines’ Debate: Throwing Patients Without Cures Under the Proverbial Bus

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The vast majority of the world’s patients remain completely forgotten in the ‘access to medicines’ debate.   Many fail to understand how that elimination will affect the development of the cures and treatments of tomorrow, especially for rare diseases, cancers, and other serious unmet medical conditions. The Forgotten: 25 million Americans suffer from nearly 7000 rare diseases.  30 million European Union citizens suffer from between 6000 to 8000 rare diseases, 80% of which are of genetic origin Read More >

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20th Anniversary of the BIO International Convention

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Next year BIO will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BIO International Convention April 22-25 in Chicago. From a small beginning, our convention has grown into the most influential biotech meeting in the world, attracting more than 16,500 attendees from 65 countries and providing a wide array of education, exhibits and networking opportunities — including more than 25,000 partnering meetings expected during the 4-day event. As we look forward to the upcoming Convention, I cannot Read More >

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World Diabetes Day: Get the Facts

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Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day and advocacy organizations around the world are focused on raising awareness for prevention and treatment options. How prevalent is diabetes? According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, there are more than 25 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, which includes more than 18 million people who have been diagnosed and an estimated seven million people who have not yet been diagnosed. Nearly 80 million Read More >

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