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2007.02

These days I will be testing another blog software, also from Manavell Websites. Then, you won't be able to see updates here, nor the older posts. I hope to return to the blog soon.

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Venture Capital in the Life Sciences Community
I was at the GTRI Conference Center today, in the event Venture Capital in the Life Sciences Community. It was interesting, although I expected a bit more of talk about the present VC activities in Atlanta.
The panelists were:
Thomas H. Callaway (Managing Director of Georgia Venture Partners);
Gerard van Hamel Platerink (Managing Director of Accuitive Medical Ventures);
and Alan W. Urech (Managing Partner of Stoney River Capital Partners ).
This is the first time I go to this kind of meetings here in Atlanta. I hope to have the chance to go also the next time.

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"Growing the Nation’s Bioscience Sector: A Regional Perspective". The report is available here (PDF).

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Fortune Small Business: Atlanta has the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity of any large city; 430 out of every 100,000 adults have started a business.

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National Venture Capital Association: Venture capital hits $ 25.5 billion in 2006. "Highest Level of Investment in Five Years, with Relative Strength in Life Sciences, Expansion Stage Companies". PDF report.

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The Atlas of Ideas: Mapping the new geography of science.

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"The Intuit Future of Small Business Report is a unique study that looks forward 10 years to examine the prospects, influences and profiles of small business. Intuit created the report in partnership with Silicon Valley’s Institute for the Future".

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You may want to try the online demo of MCM (Manavell Content Management), the content management tool I use to mantain this web site. It is offered as a hosted solution.
I am part of the team who develops it, so you may contact me for further information or you may go directly to the project's site. The main features of the tool are here.

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The United States of biotech: "Building a biotech cluster, they say, requires an entire 'ecosystem' of venture money, university research, and a workforce already familiar with the unique demands of a highly specialized business with long time horizons, stiff regulatory hurdles, and a huge appetite for money".

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I asked about governance in the biotech industry in Atlanta. The answer: "Nobody knows who govern the biotech ecosystem... In fact [thinking a bit more], big pharma and universities do that".

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