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Biotech Stocks: Perspective in a Bull Market

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Investors are increasingly interested in biotechnology based on scientific breakthroughs, an improved regulatory environment, strong earnings growth from large companies, and a more mature industry. Recent advancements in biotechnology are revolutionizing treatments and cures for many illnesses, creating new value for the healthcare system. In 2013, our understanding of how therapeutics can be used to harness the immune system to destroy cancer cells exploded with many companies reporting solid data in human testing. In 2014, Read More >

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Driving Innovation in Breast Cancer: Startup Challenge

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The Avon Foundation (AF), National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) have partnered to launch a “first of a kind” Business Plan and Start-Up Challenge for Breast Cancer (BC) inventions that have high commercial viability and are important to public health. This challenge will accelerate the commercialization of Federal agency and AF grantee BC inventions, spur economic growth, and provide Universities a platform to further develop their entrepreneurship learning portfolio. Read More >

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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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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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NIH Licensing Efforts Target Start-Ups

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed a new short-term licensing arrangement they hope will encourage licensing of NIH and FDA inventions to start-up companies.  The NIH Start-Up Exclusive License Agreements targets start-up companies less than 5 years old, with less than $5M in raised capital, and fewer thans than 50 employees.  By offering an exclusive license, they hope to accelerate the technology transfer process.  However, this temporary pilot program runs only until September 30, Read More >

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