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At a recent event was recently asked about investment outcomes for venture capitalists. I didn’t have any recent data, so I said that VCs generally expect that 1/3 of their investments will see great returns, 1/3 will see modest or no returns, and 1/3 will not be profitable.

VC Fred Wilson as Union Square Ventures recently analyzed his career in venture capital and posted his results. He’s got an enviable record of only 20% of deals failing to deliver, and more than 1/3 delivering a greater than 5x return.

Fred’s not into biotech, so I’d be hesitant about applying these numbers to biotechnology investing, and I’d be interested to see what the trends are in biotech VC.

Bio-Rad’s got an interesting website up: RethinkPCR.

The company’s name isn’t posted on the front page, but is readily available in the contest terms and conditions and privacy policy. It’s an interesting strategy to acquire consumer intelligence. Of course, consumers don’t always ask for what they want — they tend to ask for incremental improvements rather than revolutions, and they may not even accept the changes they ask for — but it will be interesting to see if any innovative new PCR products emerge.

Courtesy of DrugPatentWatch.com:

Drug Patent Expirations in November 2007
*Drugs may be covered by more than one patent

TradenameApplicantGeneric NamePatent NumberPatent Expiration
ANDRODERMWatson Labstestosterone4,849,224NOV 12,2007
ANDRODERMWatson Labstestosterone4,983,395NOV 12,2007
AVITAMylan Bertektretinoin4,971,800NOV 20,2007
COMTANOrionentacapone4,963,590NOV 27,2007
ELOCONScheringmometasone furoate4,775,529NOV 21,2007
FLECTORInst Biochemdiclofenac epolamine4,948,805NOV 09,2007
MERIDIAAbbottsibutramine hydrochloride4,929,629NOV 29,2007
MYLOTARGWyeth Pharms Incgemtuzumab ozogamicin4,970,198NOV 30,2007
PROVIGILCephalonmodafinil4,927,855NOV 22,2007
STALEVO 100Orioncarbidopa; entacapone; levodopa4,963,590NOV 27,2007
STALEVO 150Orioncarbidopa; entacapone; levodopa4,963,590NOV 27,2007
STALEVO 50Orioncarbidopa; entacapone; levodopa4,963,590NOV 27,2007
TOPROL-XLAstrazenecametoprolol succinate4,927,640NOV 22,2007
TYLENOL (CAPLET)Mcneil Consacetaminophen4,968,509NOV 06,2007
URSO 250Axcan Scandipharmursodiol4,859,660NOV 19,2007
URSO FORTEAxcan Scandipharmursodiol4,859,660NOV 19,2007

Courtesy of DrugPatentWatch.com