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Volatile Economy / Fundraising Challenges Encourage Business Combinations Among Biotech Companies According to New Survey from CPA Firm Rothstein Kass
Date:2/3/2009

'Plumbing the Depths' White Paper Reports More Than 75% of Biotech Firms Expect to Establish or Enhance a Corporate Partnership in Next Three Years

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- More biotechnology companies will be compelled to explore business partnerships and strategic alliances in a more restrictive lending environment, according to "Plumbing the Depths," a new white paper report published today by CPA firm Rothstein Kass (www.rkco.com). Results were based on the findings of two successive research studies designed to shed light on the difficulties and opportunities facing small and mid-sized biotechnology firms. Survey results from November 2008 were contrasted with data compiled in early September 2008 to reveal how attitudes and perceptions have been altered by continuing market volatility. In November, nearly 77 percent survey respondents suggested that they plan to establish or enhance a corporate partnership in the next three years, up from just below 68 percent in September.

"'Plumbing the Depths' combines extensive empirical data with the insight and experience of our Commercial Services Group principals to deliver unbiased analysis of the issues impacting biotechnology industry capitalization," said Steven Kass, co-managing principal at Rothstein Kass. "As trusted audit and tax principals to a growing range of vertical industry segments, we recognize short-term challenges businesses are facing and are committed to helping these organizations refine their operations in volatile market conditions."

"In part because of their lengthy product development cycles, biotech firms are largely dependent on ready access to affordable capital. During periods of economic growth, industry innovation has been fueled by a wide range of investors willing to make speculative allocations to the sector in pursuit of outsized returns," said Tom Angell, principal-in-ch
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