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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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BioSpectrum Asia Survey Shows Promising Results for the Biosciences Industry

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BioSpectrum Asia recently completed a survey of close to 500 bioscience companies listed on different stock exchanges in both the Asia Pacific region (APAC) and in American stock exchanges, with total revenue of $139 billion (year end 2011) and market capitalization of $200 billion. The survey says of the top 20 companies in the region, comprising mostly of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies and focusing on R&D, manufacturing and marketing of life sciences products, Read More >

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Biotech’s Drought-Tolerant Corn Stands Tall

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As drought conditions worsen across the midwest, drought-tolerant corn products are being put to the test.  Because of that new technology, it isn’t causing all farmers to lose hope in the face of this summer’s drought. For the past several years, seed companies have been developing corn that can survive the dry weather. Now some of those crops are actually in the ground and farmers are waiting to see just how well they grow. “I Read More >

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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Biotech’s Improved Apple

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There’s a lot of buzz right now over the new “Arctic Apple,” genetically engineered to resist browning due to cutting, biting and bruising.   The Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) are exactly like a conventional apple in every way, except for its improved trait, that will – hopefully – increase apple consumption and popularity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) recently Read More >

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Business Confidence with the RFS Under Attack

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This week, Biofuels Digest and BIO launched the quarterly Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey. Results from the first quarter of 2012 showed that industry optimism remained high earlier in the year, even though companies still reported difficulty in raising the capital needed for ongoing research and development and construction of demonstration and commercial biorefineries. Now that the petroleum refiners have launched a multi-million dollar pr campaign against the biofuel industry, it will be interesting to take Read More >

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