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#BIO2011: After the Party is Over

June 30th, 2011
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For the thousands of  life science industry representatives who attend the Biotechnology Industry Organization Annual Convention each year, the last few days have been similar to a favorite holiday: exciting, long-awaited, and too quickly over. As we wrap up our #BIO2011 experience and say good-bye to Washington, DC, I took a few moments to look back on many inspiring networking and learning opportunities only available at this kind of international event.
Within the span of a few days, my colleague Caroline Popper and I have been able to meet with clients, colleagues and new contacts from states such as Michigan, California, Texas, and Massachusetts.  Furthermore, a large exhibit hall showcasing different regions of the world’s biotech industry has been an extraordinary venue to network with international visitors. I traveled to DC from my office in Toronto, and was able to meet with life science representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Italy, sharing with them ideas and guidance for how to establish a presence in North America.
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DNA Sequencing – Now It’s Getting (Even More) Personal!

January 31st, 2011
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“We said that once we had finished sequencing the genome we would make it available to the scientific community for free. …And we will be doing that on Monday morning at 10am.” – J. Craig Venter, February, 2001
It’s been ten years since the famous unveiling of the first human genome sequence. Since then, we’ve developed the ability to sequence large numbers of individual human genomes thanks to rapidly changing technology that translates into ever lower costs per genome and higher throughput sequencing capabilities. The $10,000 genome has arrived – even sooner than anticipated – and now the challenge is to figure out what to do with all of the information that is starting to accumulate.
The past year has seen a number of key developments and there are no signs that things will slow down over the coming months:
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Harnessing Change

December 13th, 2010
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According to staffers at The Scientist, “If developing interesting new technologies and products really is the lifeblood of economic health, then the life sciences industry is innovation’s beating heart.”
Are advanced technologies critical to the development of your new life science products and services, or to the companies in which you invest? If so, then you likely are aware of how quickly these technologies are changing and how hard it is to stay on top of these changes.
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Observations from the World Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) Summit

December 6th, 2010
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The World Circulating Tumor Cell Summit occurred in Boston, Massachusetts from November 30 to December 1, 2010. My colleague Shane Climie and I attended, and here we share the top 10 ideas we took away from this important meeting, which focused on exploring the near-term commercial potential of many of the exciting new CTC technologies. Presenters and attendees at the meeting also discussed how CTCs might be utilized both in clinical trials and in clinical practice.
While the research community is still seeking to determine exactly what a CTC is, efforts to detect, isolate and characterize CTCs continue to increase.
Our Top 10 Takeaways:
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