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Funding future for biotech is bright if you are prepared
Ryan Amin
12/24/2013
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Ronald Lindsay, CEO of Zebra Biologics Inc., thinks changes in the biotech industry will lead to a trend of success for biotech companies. His company’s technology can be used as a platform to discover and develop bio-superior antibody therapeutics and complex drug targets. Zebra has just pulled in $9 million in its first investing round, and Lindsay thinks one of the biggest changes for the future of biotech is the availability of venture funding.

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Advice from a former biotech exec and current VC
12/23/2013
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What to keep in mind for your exit strategy
Ryan Amin
12/19/2013
Blog Resource
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A Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation provided advice on funding strategies for diagnostic startups (0:30:25-0:35:38). Diana Kander of Kander Rigby led a panel with Una Ryan, Tito Serafini, Risa Stack, Zen Chu and Jill Carroll.

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Protecting your company's idea
Ryan Amin
12/17/2013
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At the core of any startup company is the idea. The idea is the true value of a company, according to LIM Innovations CEO and co-founder Andrew Pedtke, and he says protecting that idea should be a main priority.

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10 predictions for the healthcare industry in 2014
12/16/2013
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How "People-Problems" Can Confound Early Stage Ventures
Wendy Torrance
12/13/2013
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Some of the very first decisions founders must make early on in their ventures are crucially important to the future of the business. Many of these decisions concern the ubiquitous "people problems" that challenge even experienced entrepreneurs. When should I found? Should I co-found with someone? With whom? How should we split the equity? Bad or ill-informed choices at critical junctures could have significant consequences for startups. In fact, research has suggested that 65 percent of new firm failures were related to problems within the management team.

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Understanding the FDA perspective
Ryan Amin
12/12/2013
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Paul Yock of Stanford's Biodesign and Jay Watkins of De Novo Ventures led a discussion with Marie Johnson, Darin Buxbaum, Brian Fahey and Peggy McLaughlin on the topic of clinical and regulatory strategy at a recent Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation (0:25:21-0:33:52).

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4 things startups should judge VC firms on
12/11/2013
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Build a "healthy" company
Ryan Amin
12/5/2013
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Kim Popovits, CEO of Genomic Health Inc., gave the keynote speech at a Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. Popovits closed her speech by stressing the importance of having a company that is “healthy” (34:56-40:22).

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CEO stresses importance of lean budget and strong management for funding
11/25/2013
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