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October 31, 2012
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  • Fla. conference brings together investors and biotechs
    About 400 people are anticipated to attend this year's Southeast Bio Investor Forum hosted by BioFlorida in Palm Beach, Fla. The three-day event, which started Tuesday, will continue as scheduled despite some participants being kept away by the effects of superstorm Sandy. Biotech companies will present at the event to attract investment from venture capital firms. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Care & Policy 
  • Cartilage developed from iPS cells in animal study
    Duke University researchers created cartilage using induced pluripotent stem cells from mice, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The method could allow for the development of "a continuous supply of cartilage in a dish," said senior author Farshid Guilak. The next step will be to see if the method works using human cells. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company & Financial News 
  • Biotech startup raises $16M to develop treatments for skin diseases
    San Diego, Calif.-based startup Thesan Pharmaceuticals secured $16 million in a Series A funding round led by Novartis Venture Funds and Novo Ventures. The firm will use the proceeds to develop treatments for inflammatory skin conditions. "Thesan's mission is to develop new chemical entities with novel mechanisms of action in order to substantially improve treatment outcomes for patients with a variety of dermatological diseases," Thesan Executive Chairman and CEO Gordon Foulkes said. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Food & Agriculture 
  • More Calif. voters oppose Proposition 37, survey shows
    An Internet-based poll of 2,115 likely California voters found that 50.5% of respondents opposed the state's Proposition 37 biotech labeling law while 39.1% supported it and 10.5% were undecided. The poll, conducted Oct. 21-28, was carried out by the California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University. Los Angeles Times/Money & Co. blog (tiered subscription model) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • ZeaChem completes Ore. advanced-biofuels plant
    ZeaChem has completed construction of its advanced-biofuels plant in Boardman, Ore., and expects production to begin by the end of the year. The facility will use locally grown willow and other biomass. Meanwhile, the company has secured $25 million in new financing from a group of investors including Japan's ITOCHU and Australia-based Macquarie. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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