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BioEnterprise's Midwest Health Care Venture Investment Report showed a total 47 companies raising a combined $155.6 million during the first quarter of 2009, compared with 14 companies winning $133.5 million in the year-ago period.

Some of NIH's and NHGRI's challenge grants will give priorities to ethical issues that confront genomics, pharmacogenomics, and biomedicine.

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The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research has received a three year, $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support its education outreach programs.

Looking to support local industry and nurture Ireland's economic recovery, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin will combine their existing programs in tech transfer, enterprise development, industry relations, and post-graduate entrepreneurial education, largely in the area of life sciences.

The company will use the Expressionist and Phylosopher software in its search for transplantation and autoimmune biomarkers.

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Kevin Conroy has been named the new president and CEO of Exact Sciences, while Don St. Pierre is serving as the acting director of FDA's Office of In Vitro Diagnostics, plus more.

The study suggests it is "unlikely" that patents protecting biomedical inventions "will ever be licensed" if they have remained unlicensed for more than eight years since their priority patent application was filed.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.