5 Indications that New Gene Therapies for Rare Disorders is a Bunny That’s Not Going Back in the Box [Pie Chart]

Posted by Steve Joseph on Aug 19, 2015 7:24:23 AM

test_tubesExciting new gene and cell therapy technologies have the potential to treat devastating inherited diseases and rare disorders for which there is little hope of finding a conventional cure. Recent cutting-edge advances in genetic therapies are likely to provide game-changing treatments, if not cures, for many patients with rare inherited disorders.

Many speculate that advanced viral vector platforms are likely to reach the market in the next couple of years. In addition, optimism has been building in the industry following exciting recent breakthroughs in gene editing.

But how do we know if we’re there yet? Below are five industry trends that indicate that optimism is high in the gene therapy field and that we may very well see gene editing therapies for rare, and not so rare, disorders getting market approval in the very near future.

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Topics: White Papers

Understanding New Patent Litigation Alternatives

Posted by John Badger on Aug 14, 2015 7:40:10 AM

justice2The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011 establishing new trial proceedings to be conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in the United States Patent Office. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952. Its central provisions went into effect on September 16, 2012 and on March 16, 2013.

Named for its lead sponsors, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act switches the U.S. patent system from a system based on invention date to a system based on patent filing date.

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Topics: Information, White Papers

ShareVault Announces Two-Step Verification (Two Factor Authentication)

Posted by Phil Bandy on Aug 10, 2015 12:01:00 AM

Today, ShareVault announced Two-Step Verification (2SV), also known as two-factor authentication, which further increases the security of ShareVault, while adding only a few extra steps to the activation and login steps for users of ShareVaults protected by 2SV. Verification works by sending a code by SMS text message to the user's mobile phone, or by using the Google Authenticator app on the user's smart phone.

Enhanced Security

2SV provides significantly enhanced security because a hacker attempting to gain access to a ShareVault account would need to not only hack into the user's email account, but also gain access to the user's SMS, which uses a completely separate and independent network.  In addition, a hacker would need to know the user's password or security question.  Finally, 2SV makes it much more difficult for an authorized user to share his/her credentials with another unauthorized person.

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Topics: Security, Products, Software Update

7 Reasons Biotech Companies Use ShareVault for Partnering & Licensing

Posted by Steve Joseph on Aug 3, 2015 12:01:33 PM

test_tube_toastAlthough today’s biotech industry venture funding levels are among the strongest in the sector’s history, some things haven't changed—the volatility resulting from constant innovation, uncertain outcome of clinical trials, and a changing regulatory environment, continue to create challenges both for facilitating growth and establishing strategic alliances.

To thrive in this challenging climate, life science companies need to be equipped with the best tools during fundraising, R&D, clinical trials and establishing effective partnerships. Each of these activities requires thorough due diligence during which intellectual property must be shared efficiently and securely with third parties. A good virtual data room (VDR) is the ideal tool for addressing these challenges. The right virtual data room can save time, minimize risk and increase the likelihood of completing successful transactions.

A good virtual data room also allows biotech companies to court multiple worldwide partners or licensees, while securing data and keeping detailed tracking information as third parties review regulatory submission data, clinical trial information, market statistics, research data and other critical documents. A good virtual data room also allows biotech companies to stage the sharing of sensitive information until the seriousness of the partner merits it. Once a deal is struck with a definitive partner(s) or licensee(s), access to the data room for other users can be retroactively revoked, even for documents that have already been downloaded.

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Topics: Information

6 Ways to Boost Due Diligence & Maximize the Value of Your Deal

Posted by John Badger on Jul 24, 2015 8:59:30 AM

due-diligenceIn today’s robust economic climate of mergers, acquisitions, private equity and venture-backed investment activity, many businesses, at some point in their life cycle, can expect to be put under the due diligence microscope. At ShareVault we’ve facilitated thousands of transactions worth tens of billions of dollars in 46 countries and we’ve learned through experience that the speed and effectiveness of the due diligence process can have a direct impact on deal success and valuation.

Here are our top six best practices for streamlining the due diligence process and maximizing the value of your deal:

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Topics: M&A, Due Diligence

Oil & Gas Industry Trends & Challenges

Posted by John Badger on Jul 21, 2015 2:24:18 PM

oilrigThe Oil and Gas industry is in the midst of a game-changing transformation as traditional practices and assumptions are reevaluated and redefined, and new opportunities and technologies emerge.

Today’s industry leaders are continuously challenged with finding novel approaches to meet tomorrow’s energy demands, including developing innovative techniques needed to access hydrocarbon reserves in new frontiers and to maximize production from mature oil and gas fields. And, while overall industry outlook among executives is high, there are concerns about certain barriers to growth, including rising costs, weaker pricing, skill gaps and tougher competition.

To meet these challenges, Oil and Gas industry leaders are recognizing the need to be less vertically integrated and to increase focus on the benefits of partnering, collaboration and consolidation.

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Topics: Information

New Batch Print Feature Merges Files To Accelerate Secure Printing of Multiple Documents

Posted by John Badger on Jul 7, 2015 3:11:00 PM

On June 7th, 2015, ShareVault introduced a powerful new feature to allow ShareVault users to batch print selected documents as a merged, organized document. This easy-to-use feature works as follows:

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Topics: Products, Software Update

Overcoming SharePoint Security Challenges

Posted by John Badger on Jul 1, 2015 8:08:18 AM

sharevault_for_sharepointOne of the greatest challenges facing today’s increasingly decentralized business organization involves securing corporate information housed in internal sharing systems when it becomes necessary to share that information with parties outside the corporate firewall. Much of this information is business critical or proprietary and must not only be managed efficiently, but also stored, shared and tracked securely.

Over the last ten years, companies have increasingly adopted SharePoint™ as a platform to facilitate their internal collaboration needs. SharePoint allows employees across the enterprise to connect, to engage with other team members, to share ideas and to collaborate with colleagues in real time. Over the years, SharePoint has evolved and matured from a simple document sharing platform to being utilized as one of the most important enterprise platforms within many organizations, essentially reinventing the way people work together. Today, SharePoint is Microsoft’s most successful server software product with over 65,000 companies deploying it and with over 125 million individual users. But, SharePoint was never designed to be deployed as an extranet application; it simply does not have the functionality necessary for securely sharing confidential content with outside parties.

Companies in many different industries using SharePoint as an intranet are realizing that extranets are the next real challenge. But extranets raise critical security and privacy concerns that IT must address.

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Topics: Security, White Papers

8 Ways to Accelerate Due Diligence Using ShareVault

Posted by John Badger on Jun 22, 2015 10:28:05 AM

fastduediligenceDuring due diligence, time is not your friend. The longer the diligence process stretches out, the higher the probability that concerns will arise, and purchase price adjustments will occur. Careful examination of your company from an external perspective and addressing potential buyers’ concerns in advance will not only increase the likelihood of receiving the price that was agreed to in the term sheet, but will also make the deal move faster and improve the chance of a successful outcome.

Since the pace of due diligence can directly affect valuation, it becomes imperative that the data room you choose streamlines and accelerates the process rather than slows and impedes it.

A good virtual data room can expedite the due diligence process in two important ways: First by accelerating the process of getting ready for due diligence, and second, by accelerating document review for the user during due diligence. At ShareVault we understand the importance of expedited diligence timelines, which is reflected in the ease of use and functionality of our data rooms.

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Topics: Information, Company

4 Key Ways to Prepare for Due Diligence

Posted by Richard Andersen on Jun 10, 2015 10:28:00 AM

successful_merger-1Due diligence is a buyer’s detailed investigation into the affairs of your company before they acquire it. But, assuming that due diligence is a one-sided process performed only by entities looking to buy companies can be a fatal mistake. The reality is that being prepared for the due diligence process, long before an exit is anticipated, will not only make you look more attractive to potential buyers, but will also maximize the value of your company and expedite the transaction timeline. Conversely, responding to the rigorous demands of the due diligence process when a buyer is already at the door puts an incredible demand on you and your resources and can give a buyer the perception that you are unprofessional, as well as that there may be operational difficulties in your company.

When your company is well-prepared for the exit process it means that everything a buyer will want to scrutinize—contracts, employee records, customer agreements, compliance documentation, HR and IP issues, etc.—is accurate, up-to-date and organized in a way that makes it easy to review. Exit readiness is really about creating, gathering, organizing, and maintaining all the data that a potential buyer will want to scrutinize before buying your company. Having this information assembled and organized in a state-of-the-art virtual data room is the ideal way to be prepared.

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Topics: Information, White Papers, M&A

About ShareVault

Simple & Secure Document Sharing

ShareVault offers virtual data rooms for securely sharing documents with third parties. Typically used to share due diligence documents during M&A, partnering, fundraising and other dealmaking scenarios, ShareVault is increasingly being used for a wide variety of other applications, primarily in highly regulated industries, for securely sharing documents with third parties. ShareVault can be set up and deployed in an hour, yet offers enterprise-grade security and scaleability.

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