Decision Biomarkers

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Glenn Barney, Dario Alessi, Philip Cohen, Stephane Bancel, Noubar Afeyan

Avantra was founded last year by Courtagen Capital Group to commercialize the assets of Decision Biomarkers, a protein biomarker technology firm that shuttered its business and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in December 2009.

The company is being launched by Courtagen Capital Group using assets from defunct biotech firm Decision Biomarkers, which Courtagen purchased in bankruptcy court last December.

The demise of Perlegen Sciences and Decision Biomarkers adds two more names to a growing list of array-related firms and businesses that have gone belly up or have been shuttered in the past few years.

The company, formed in 2003, had raised at least $15.1 million in financing in its history, but in its bankruptcy filing said that its liabilities were at least 20 times that of its assets.

The Waltham, Mass.-based biomarker-detection company ceased operations and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month.

Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

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