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Medical Research Council Technology

Britain's Medical Research Council has done a lot over the last decade to develop its technology transfer activities. Almost half of the 16 spin-off companies based on MRC research have appeared in the last two years. One important catalyst for this increase in spin-out activity was the founding in 1998 of a venture capital fund with priority access to companies based on MRC-owned technology, the UK Medical Ventures Fund/MVM Ltd. More recently, the creation of Medical Research Council Technology, bringing together three geographically distinct units involved in technology transfer, has led to a simpler, more efficient structure and better staff retention.
BioPharmaceutical Strategy

Baxter's New Look

Following its 1985 acquisition of American Hospital Supply, Baxter International reigned as one of the leading hospital suppliers, with a strong distribution component and an extremely broad product line. But though the strategy seemed right to appeal to a new kind of hospital customer, it did little to help Baxter grow as a corporation, and the company's stock hit a fallow period in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Beginning in the mid 1990s, Baxter embarked on a program to bring focus and discipline, in the process turning itself into a very different kind of business. By the end of the decade, it had shed virtually all of the businesses it acquired in the AHSC deal, re-focused on long-time efforts in dialysis and IV/medication delivery, and quietly built a huge biopharmaceutical business. Some questions linger for Baxter as it pursues a strategy with one foot in the medical device industry and one in biotech, most notably whether Baxter's R&D team can expertly maneuver in biopharmaceuticals. Still, the strategy seems to be working: Baxter is a leader in dialysis and IV solutions, has built a $2.5 billion biotech business, and has seen its market cap soar.
BioPharmaceutical Medical Device

A Buyer's Market in Diagnostics

Deal activity in diagnostics has been way down in 1999 and while a few strategically sound deals are getting done, the scale has been very small. With financing and M&A options drying up, smaller diagnostics companies are more squeezed than ever. A plucky few have snared good deals. Here's how.
Medical Device Strategy

Myogen Inc.

Myogen is developing drugs for the treatment of congestive heart failure, a field that has until recently been the domain of large companies.
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