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Jul 20, 2009
 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Closer to SBIR Turnaround

With last week's unanimous Senate vote to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, the biotech industry is closer to winning a battle it has been waging for at least four years to reverse a Small Business Administration policy prohibiting SBIR grants to companies that are majority owned by VCs.

Unlike a House version of the reauthorization legislation, the Senate's SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2009 (S. 1233) would cap NIH awards to companies that are majority-owned by VCs at 18% of the agency's SBIR funds, while other agencies would...

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