Biotech: Raising Capital in a Tight Market


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The global financial crisis has made it challenging for the biotechnology industry to raise capital to fund innovation. Experts say venture capital money is still available, but often the VC community is looking for lower-risk, short-term projects.
As a result, biotech companies are increasingly looking to alternative sources of capital. Experts say this is a natural reaction to normal business cycles, and when venture funding dries up companies embark on other…

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