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Shifting Fortunes

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

It appears that UK VC firm Merlin Ventures isn't going to merge with the Rothschild Bioscience Unit (RBU) after all. One key reason for calling the wedding off: With the Biotech resurgence, the value of International Biotechnology Trust (a quoted fund managed by RBU) has grown to $300 million, from $50-60 million last year. The shift in fortunes gives RBU more options--options likely to carry it away from Merlin.


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