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Tag Archives: R&D

Good Chemistry

Thanks to a merger, a poultry and produce wash is helping the oil industry extract resources more effectively In 2008, Vic Keasler was performing molecular biology tests at a pharma, biotech, and academic research company.  Keasler had studied hepatitis B and C’s effect on liver cancer in graduate school; his career had primarily focused on… Continue Reading

Biotech: Let’s Make a Deal

Scientific acumen is crucial—but so is an understanding of today’s deal market. The risks and costs of life sciences product development have become so high that few companies are willing to bear them on their own. As partnerships become vital, skill in dealmaking has become almost as vital as scientific acumen for today’s pharma and… Continue Reading

China Seeks Technology

Acquiring rights to U.S. and European technologies has become a priority for Chinese companies—as well as national policy. “Large state-owned companies possess phenomenal production capacity, but generally lag in R&D and technological advancement,” says Morrison & Foerster Beijing-based partner Sherry Xiaowei Yin. “Acquiring technology assets allows them to diversify their products and ascend the global… Continue Reading

China: Innovation for Sale

The Chinese government has been encouraging overseas pharmaceutical companies to outsource R&D to Chinese firms—part of an effort to move into more high-value work.  The draw: a growing, cost-effective bioscience talent pool made up of both local graduates and “sea turtles” who went to U.S. universities and returned, according to Morrison & Foerster partner Gordon… Continue Reading