Pharma Versus Biotech

Avalon Ventures' Kevin Kinsella tells Xconomy San Diego that big pharma's "predatory business practices are pushing the [biotech] sector almost to the point of extinction." Kinsella believes the pharmaceutical industry's practice could potentially be very detrimental to biotech firms, says Xconomy's Bruce Bigelow, adding that they may even be destructive to the entire drug development

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