04.09.2012 - The Bioindustry Association suggests to create a fund that allows Britons to invest in innovative small companies in their home region.
When an idea from France is worth considering in the UK it has to be indeed ground-breaking. London-based Bioindustry Association (BIA) published on 3 September a new report that proposes the creation of a so-called „Citizen’s Innovation Fund“ (CIF). The concept is based on the French „Fonds Communs de Placements dans l’Innovation“ (FCPI) that has raised over €6bn since 1997. The basic idea is to fuel funding of small companies by offering investors tax advantages that, according to BIA Chief Executive Officer Steve Bates, „would allow members of the public to put up to £15,000 a year into a fund for dragons’ den-style experts to invest in innovative companies – with a tax break if they keep their money invested for five years.“ By investing in local enterprises, the CIFs would improve the British public’s engagement in the economic development of their homeland.
The BIA estimates that £300m a year could be unlocked. The money would allow the companies to grow faster and pay taxes sooner than otherwise possible. The government’s expenditures would be levelled within three years and as a side effect over 1,500 new jobs could be created.
25.08.2015 Oslo Cancer Cluster is inaugurating its NOK1bn (€107m) Innovation Park. None other than Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg officially opened the doors to the research park on August 24th.
21.08.2015 Novartis Pharma AG has secured all remaining rights to antibody hopeful ofatumumab. Seller GlaxoSmithKline is set to receive up to US$1bn (€919m) for the treatment for MS and other autoimmune indications.
11.08.2015 Biotech bug controllers Oxitec has been bought by US biotech Intrexon Corporation for $160m (€145m). The Oxford University spin-out specialises in environmentally friendly technology to control pests such as mosquitoes, which cause dengue fever and other diseases.
04.08.2015 In a deal worth US$65m upfront, AstraZeneca is again teaming up with long-time partner Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc., this time to discover and develop RNA antisense drugs for cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases.
The BioShake series contains high-speed mixer and thermal mixer for small and very small volumes in microplates and reaction tubes and allows for the first time high precise and efficient mixing in the microliter scale for a wide range of applications. more