BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota

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BioBiz Minnesota leader to become new CEO of LifeScience Alley

Dale Wahlstrom, the CEO of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, soon will oversee LifeScience Alley under a strategic affiliation the two organizations announced Thursday. Beginning in November, Wahlstrom, a former Medtronic executive, will replace Don Gerhardt, president and chief executive of LifeScience Alley, who will retire at the end of the year. Officials from both groups stressed BioBusiness Alliance and LifeScience Alley are not merging.

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BioBusiness Alliance hopes to shine a “light” on Minnesota’s life sciences industry

Let there be light! Or more specifically: Let there be synchrotron light! The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota’s recent cooperation agreement with Canadian Light Source (CLS) could provide local researchers and medical device and pharmaceutical firms access to next-generation imaging technology. Under the deal, Minnesota companies and institutions can use Canada’s national synchrotron research facility at […]

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Lifecore Biomedical bought by California food-packaging firm

Another one bites the dust. If Minnesota is to build a vibrant biotechnology industry, as I wrote earlier today, it will need all of the homegrown talent and technology it can muster. Unfortunately, what little we did have went out the door today when Landec Corp., based in Menlo Park, Calif., said it will pay […]

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BIO 2010: Minnesota faces crossroads in its high-tech future

To BIO or not to BIO? That’s the question confronting Minnesota as it ponders its economic future. In some ways, the answer is obvious. The state boasts a lot of expertise and money in medical technology. Lawmakers have already earmarked millions of dollars to build a “Biomedical Discovery District” in Minneapolis and an “Elk Run […]

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BioBiz Alliance of Minnesota relaunches BIOMAP

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota spent quite a bit of time-and money-developing BIOMAP, an online interactive cheat sheet to the state’s biosciences industry. The results are well worth it. Frankly, I’ve never seen anything like it. With just a few clicks, you can search and find any company, school, or research center related to medical […]

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Minnesota seeks its own “Third Frontier”

Fresh from passing a landmark angel investor tax credit, Minnesota lawmakers are advancing a bill that would, in time, radically alter high-tech economic development  in the state by concentrating authority in a single public-private entity. The proposed Minnesota Science and Technology Authority, modeled after programs like Third Frontier in Ohio and The Ben Franklin Technology […]

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Gambling money to fund Elk Run bioscience project?

Forget the elk. Bring on the horses! The proposed Elk Run BioBusiness Park in Pine Island may get millions of dollars in state money from an unlikely source: Cantebury Park in Scott County, one of the two state’s two horse racing tracks. Under a proposal pitched by Racino Now, a group led by former Republican […]

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MOJO/minnesota: The mojo is the mission

Aside from sharing the same first letter, “mojo” and “Minnesota” are words that don’t seem to carry a lot in common, though that may soon change. The state is home to 19 Fortune 500 companies, a world-class hospital and research center in Rochester and SPAM–what else do you need? But the land of 10,000 lakes […]

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Former Pawlenty aide now university champion. Not as weird as you think.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the state’s top research university are not exactly close allies. At The Collaborative’s annual venture capital conference last year, Pawlenty criticized the University of Minnesota for being unfriendly to business just minutes before  university spin-outs were to pitch investors. University sources say Dan McElroy, commissioner for the Department of Employment […]