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A Midwest life-science odyssey comes full circle

When I started this column just over four years ago, I had no idea that I would continue with it for even a year. My interest in writing a column was to share with other members of the Midwest life-science community information that I thought would help them with business plans, presentations, and just overall awareness about life science in the Midwest.


Full article >>> s own with two companies: Hackmack & Rosen North China Trading Co., based in Shanghai, and Dai-ichi (Number 1) Raw Silk Trading Co., based in Yokohama, Japan during the early part of the 20th century. Travels to New York and Europe and meeting my grandmother, a German Jew, lead to the family setting up life in New York, although my grandfather continued his peripatetic ways.

From Grandfa......

Full article >>> e actually had a number of very cool concerts during my years at Beloit, including the likes of Leo Kottke, the James Cotton Blues Band, and others.

Surprisingly, Beloit got me interested in Latin America, which led to an important pathway and theme of my life. (Grandfather ......

Full article >>> released; had I had the benefit of this movie before starting my own Fargo stint, I might have saved myself a lot of anguish.)

Minneapolis was not only the place where I often had to change planes to get to Fargo, but also where a number of the company's consultants and later chairman of the board were domiciled, as well as some of the companies we were trying to partner with. As a resul......

Full article >>> , with key production of major U.S. crops such as soybean and corn, and many dairy products, it is logical that I review the impact of biotechnology on the agricultural sector.

According to a recent article in BIO News, global biotech crop acreage increased 13 percent during 2006, reaching 252 million acres in 22 countries. I must clarify that agricultura......

Full article >>> ercent of all cotton grown in the U.S.)

48.4 million acres of biotech corn.

But the U.S. is not the only country benefiting from biotech crops: 9.3 million small farmers in 11 countries, including China, India, the Philippines, and South Africa, significantly increased their plantings.

The key benefits of biotech crops are:

Reduction in production costs (estim......

Full article >>> through development of biotech sugar cane.

The Midwest saw significant expansion of its own bio-fuels capacity with the creation of new manufacturing and processing facilities. The stock prices of companies in this business segment saw spectacular increases during 2006, as a number of companies went public and held successful initial public stock offerings.

Of course, with increa......

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'"/> By Michael Rosen 03/12/07

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