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Private-sector funding makes a comeback …
Ernst & Young reports that 2003 has been a banner year for biotech funding, with drug and therapeutic companies raising more than $7.7 billion through July. In fact, 2003 could wind up being the second or third best biotech fundraising year ever. E&Y also reports that 15 US biotech companies are poised to go public.

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