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High hopes for biotech companies / IPOs getting ready to go as startups woo VC investors
Biotechnology leaders are cautiously celebrating the end of a two- year financial slump this autumn as more than a dozen companies line up to go public and the latest class of young startups shows its stuff to potential venture capital partners at a conference in San Francisco today and Thursday.

GE’s Genomic Future
On its face, General Electric’s $9.5 billion stock purchase of Amersham is about imaging systems. But the more far-reaching consequences of the deal puts GE on the cutting edge of how new knowledge about genetics is used to treat patients. The deal could put General Electric in direct competition with diagnostic and drug firms such as Roche and Abbott Laboratories.