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Driving Innovation in Breast Cancer: Startup Challenge

Driving Innovation

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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Biotech Hall of Fame: Interview with Biotech’s First Investment Banker

Biotech Hall of Fame

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to discuss biotech’s storied history with Fred Frank, one of the industry’s greatest luminaries, on what we can learn from the past to help shape the future. Fred Frank, formerly Vice Chairman of both Lehman Brothers Inc. and Peter J. Solomon Company, recently became Vice Chairman of Burrill & Company and Chairman of Burrill Securities, the broker dealer arm of Burrill & Company. He was the first life Read More >

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Big Ventures

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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BIO Europe Spring 2012 – Opening Remarks

For Monday’s Opening Remarks at BIO Europe Spring 2012, I covered the following topics: Public market performance in the US vs other sectors Private funding environment. Drug pipeline deal volume. For a copy of the slides, they can be found here.

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Medical Innovation at Risk

Scientists

The National Venture Capital Association’s MedIC Coalition recently released a report showing U.S. venture capitalists are decreasing their investments in biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, reducing their concentration in prevalent disease areas and shifting investments towards Europe and Asia. The report, Vital Signs: The Threat to Investment in U.S. Medical Innovation and the Imperative of FDA Reform, strongly indicates that America’s medical innovation economy is in grave danger of losing its primary source of funding, Read More >

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