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Author: Manuel Baigorri, Albertina Torsoli and David Welch


Source: Bloomberg


Interest: Sanofi (SAN), maker of the world’s top-selling diabetes treatment, has joined the bidding for Merck & Co. (MRK)’s over-the-counter health-products unit, people with knowledge of the matter said.


Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-24/sanofi-said-to-join-bidders-for-merck-s-consumer-health-business.html

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Author: E.B. Solomont


Source: St. Louis Business Journal


Interest: For a $14 billion company, Monsanto Co.’s four-person venture group is small but mighty. As I wrote in this week’s edition of the Business Journal, Monsanto Growth Ventures was formed in 2011 and to date has had a hand in seven deals, including Monsanto’s $1 billion acquisition of Climate Corp. last year, and the more recent launch of Preceres LLC, a company focused on biological pest and weed control, with a group of MIT scientists.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2014/03/monsanto-s-4-power-investors.html

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Author: Timothy Hay


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/


Interest: The firm, founded in 2009 by Netscape Communications Corp. co-founder Marc Andreessen and Opsware Inc. and LoudCloud Inc. founder Ben Horowitz, is among a small number of firms that can raise and fairly quickly deploy funds of more than $1 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/27/andreessen-horowitz-raises-yet-another-1-5-billion-fund/

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Author: Sandra E. Garcia


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Inside the Sweets Building, a renovated structure that was formerly a confectionery research lab, is Harlem Biospace, a new business incubator focused on biotechnology. Situated on West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues, north of Columbia University and south of City College, Harlem Biospace is an effort to tap the scientific talent and entrepreneurial spirit of the two storied educational institutions.


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/nyregion/rejuvenated-harlem-building-becomes-a-business-incubator-for-biotechnology.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0

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Author: Nicole Bolton


Source: BusinessWire


Interest: LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bruin Biometrics, LLC (“BBI”), a medical device company with two biometric sensing products ready for market in Europe and the United States, announced it has closed a $10 million round of funding which was oversubscribed by almost $2.7 million. The funds will be deployed to market the developed products, complete clinical trials and continue R&D on the product pipeline...


Link: http://goo.gl/HGbKpy

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Author: Sustainable Business News


Source: GreenBiz


Interest: Investors who have shied away from clean-tech companies for the past two years haven't lost interest, but are broadening their scope into more areas of sustainability, according to a report by Cleantech IQ [PDF].


Link: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/02/05/sustainability-new-buzzword-venture-capital

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Author: Cynthia Graber


Source: Scientific American


Interest: About three-quarters-of-a-million open heart surgeries take place annually in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. Applying sutures or staples during these procedures costs precious seconds and can cause damage. Researchers have sought adhesives that could quickly seal tissue. But currently available substances don’t work in the presence of liquid, or can’t withstand all that forceful pumping, or are toxic.


Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/new-glue-could-seal-heart-surgeries-14-01-13/

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Author: http://www.govconwire.com/


Source: http://www.govconwire.com/


Interest: Mercom Capital Group has released a healthcare information technology report showing that venture capital funding for that sector reached a total of $2.2 billion in 2013, HIT Consultant Media reported Tuesday.


Link: http://www.govconwire.com/2014/01/healthcare-it-venture-capital-funding-reached-2-2b-in-2013/

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Author: Chris Seper


Source: MedCity News


Interest: Now in its 11th year, MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum unites active healthcare venture capitalists and corporate business development executives with more than 30 of the most promising Midwest-based healthcare startups to facilitate investment opportunities and showcase dealflow originating in the Midwest.


Link: http://medcitynews.com/2014/01/midamerica-healthcare-venture-forum-brings-together-venture-capitalists-startups/

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Author: Chad Swiatecki


Source: Austin Business Journal


Interest: University of Texas scientists and commercialization specialists are hoping that an advance developed at the school which improves the effectiveness of vaccines could mean big business from pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2014/01/06/ut-vaccine-research-eyed-for.html

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Author: Christina Farr


Source: http://venturebeat.com/


Interest: The Ellison Medical Foundation has been one of the largest funding sources for promising research into anti-aging technologies. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the New York-based foundation is facing a funding crunch, and so it may shift its focus to other areas.


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/19/larry-ellisons-foundation-cuts-funding-for-anti-aging-research/

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Author: Scott Dance


Source: The Baltimore Sun


Interest: Northrop Grumman Corp. has signed on as a sponsor of DreamIt Health Baltimore, a business accelerator backed by Johns Hopkins University and BioHealth Innovation Inc.The accelerator gives startups $50,000 in seed funding, help gathering customers, and accounting and legal support, along with access to the expertise of the sponsors. Philadelphia-based accelerator DreamIt Ventures launched the incubator.


Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-bz-northrop-health-accelerator-20131216,0,1799436.story

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Author: Andrea Gerlin


Source: Bloomberg


Interest: Today he is chief executive officer of Cell Medica Ltd., a U.K. biotechnology startup poised to tap into the fast-growing field of immune therapy, treatments that deploy the body’s natural defenses to fight disease.


Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-16/harvard-pre-med-turned-banker-plots-ipo-for-u-k-biotech.html

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Author: VCCIRCLE.COM


Source: Reuters


Interest: Amba offers outsourced investment research and analytics to financial institutions, including asset managers, investment banks, broker-dealers as well as insurance and alternative investment firms. "Amba is highly regarded for its offerings to investment research firms and asset managers, and Copal is known for its strong services


Link: http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/12/12/moodys-acquires-helion-venture-backed-am-idINDEE9BB03720131212

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Author: Tim Parker


Source: Benzinga


Interest: If you’re a fan of Star Trek, you’ve seen nanotechnology. These are microscopic machines that get inside machines or in this case, the body, to identify and fix problems.


Link: http://www.benzinga.com/general/topics/13/12/4138783/ibm-creates-nanotechnology-to-battle-fungal-infections?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: benzinga/tech (Channels - Tech)

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Author: Megan Cully


Source: The Guardian


Interest: One of medicine's primary objectives is to trick the body into doing something it doesn't want to do. In order to accomplish this, we try to make parts of our bodies we don't want, such as cancers, look foreign. We try to make foreign bits that we do want, such as orthopaedic implants, look natural. Nanotechnology, as you might have guessed, can help us do just that.


Link: http://www.theguardian.com/science/small-world/2013/dec/10/nanotechnology-body-fake-bones-orthopaedic-implants

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Author: Tom Meyer


Source: http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/2-stem-cell-companies-with-incredible-potential.html/?a=viewall


Interest: The healthcare sector is beginning to focus a significant amount of attention on the science of stem cells. Stem cell science already has demonstrated multiple breakthrough applications and holds tremendous therapeutic promise. As the science continues to progress, two small-cap stem cell companies appear to be inching closer to importantscientific breakthroughs. Those two companies are OncoMed Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:OMED) and International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO.PK).


Link: http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/2-stem-cell-companies-with-incredible-potential.html/?a=viewall

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Author: JACOB GEIGER


Source: Richmond Times Dispatch


Interest: When David Simpson arrived at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996, the university’s technology transfer office suggested he meet Gary Bowlin, a biomedical engineer.


Link: http://www.timesdispatch.com/workitrichmond/news/vcu-advocating-entrepreneurship/article_b717afcd-0bd5-538b-aae8-c00af1c324c1.html

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Author: Jeff Mays


Source: DNAinfo


Interest: New York City is launching a joint $100 million venture capital fund with several pharmaceutical firms and a venture capital partner to develop new companies to tackle scientific research as part of the New York Early-Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative.


Link: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20131204/east-harlem/new-york-city-launching-venture-capital-biotech-fund-institute

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Author: Mu Xuequan


Source: Xinhuanet.com


Interest: Humble aluminum's plasmonic properties may make it far more valuable than gold and silver for certain applications, reckons a new research done by scientists with Rice University of the United States.


Link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2013-12/03/c_125796227.htm

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