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This week, I was invited to join the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Trade Ministerial in Big Sky, Montana. This regional bloc meeting remains one of the most important venues for discussing global economic policy. It is also one that has paid attention to the role of entrepreneurs in achieving its goals of trade and cooperation for growth.
America’s fiscal health remains currently at the heart of most economic policy chatter. We are living in tight fiscal times. Congress has been focusing on reaching agreements on reducing spending and budget battles are expected to wage on throughout much of this year. Since balancing the budget is inseparable from tax policy, we take a quick look this week at how taxes shape incentives for entrepreneurs.
PDE staff participated in an interactive Webinar to discuss a new drug development model with the potential to accelerate the process. The event was sponsored by The Myelin Repair Foundation (MRF), Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Pioneer Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the...
A number of sources are indicating that banks are relaxing lending standards -- leading to a slow increase in small business demand for loans. The graph below from the December issue of The Small Business Advocate suggests that brighter days are ahead. The latest report...
The SBA's Office of Advocacy recently released “Small Business In Focus: Finance," a compendium of studies offering insights into the ways small businesses have used financing over recent decades. These insights are based on data from the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Small Business Finances...
Small business owners must become literate about their company's books without becoming accountants in order to deal with CPAs, keep on top of operations, and prevent fraud, says the co-founder of an accounting services firm.
At a meeting of national energy industry innovators in Omaha last week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released a report summarizing the discussion and recommendations made at the Energy Innovation Conference held at the White House last month. The report outlines a number of specific recommendations...
The economic downturn has renewed interest on how to generate more “job creators” in our economies. A new global movement will launch a celebration in November, promising to unleash entrepreneurial potential around the world: Global Entrepreneurship Week. Founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and...
Last week I participated in an interesting gathering in Washington, DC of top medical and policy experts who issued a new health care manifesto that might be of interest to entrepreneurs in the space. Hosted by the Council for American Medical Innovation, FasterCures and the Kauffman Foundation, the 2010 Translational Medicine Alliance Forum (TMAF) brought together leaders from academia, government agencies, and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and venture industries to discuss models to enable and accelerate the progress of translational medicine.
Despite the growing sophistication and promise of healthcare technology research, fewer and fewer breakthrough ideas are finding their way out of research institutions and into the hands of experienced clinicians and medical product development teams. Patients suffer as a result because promising research and innovation is not being translated into new treatments. If that sounds identical to the problems surrounding the typical challenges in bringing innovation into the marketplace, it's because it should.
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