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Cryptocurrencies interesting but too small to move mountains

By Alfred Romann

Cryptocurrencies continue to fuel debate among regulators and users. 

The total value market capitalization of cryptocurrencies as of Oct. 28 was almost US$210 billion. Take out Bitcoin, the grandmother of crypto, and that drops to US$97 billion. The current market cap of cryptocurrencies is down to about a third of the peaks hit in January.

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Tariffs Notwithstanding, Globalization Alive and Well in Healthcare

By Alfred Romann

The backlash against global trade and the resurgence of protectionism is increasingly evident, mostly out of the U.S. This push flies in the face of decades of increasingly fluent globalization.

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South Korea takes steps to lower pharma prices

New measures put pressure on drug makers, importers and distributors

South Korea’s latest moves to make drugs more affordable are slowing down the growth of the pharma market in the country and maybe hurting sales of new and innovative drugs.

BMI Research predicts South Korean pharmaceutical will grow at 2.4% for the next 10 years, 1% less than expected. Elise Mak wrote about the changes in BioWorld (paywall) on May 4.

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2016 BOAO Forum for Asia

Looking to the future

This year’s BOAO Forum for Asia (BFA) has a theme of Asia’s New Future: New Dynamics, New Vision.

This time, the 17th annual gathering of leaders and industry professionals in Asia covers areas such as inclusive finance, disruptions of traditional business and economic models, new banking practices, regional cooperation and growing links through reforms and initiatives.

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Australia’s largest life science fund

Australia’s life science sector outperforms in research… falls short on commercialisation.

It is no surprise that the life science sector including pharmaceutical, medical devices etc. is one of the hottest investment destinations. Last month, Australian investment company Brandon Capital closed the largest life science fund to date in Australia after raising A$200 million (US$155 million). The fund is set to fill the funding gap of the country’s medical technology commercialisation.

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Latin America: The Forgotten Continent

The chaotic Latin American market is key to publications in a wide range of areas and is one that those with a focus on Asia often overlook. It is difficult to say why people in Asia are so focused on their own backyard, but they ignore an entire continent of some 700 million people that runs from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego, but they do.

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Chinese Investment Is Far From Scary

A “mix of policy liberalization and changing commercial realities in the Chinese marketplace” have led to a boom in Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the US, but these investments are complicated by mistrust, national security concerns and widespread fears that Chinese firms have unfair advantages.

A new report suggests Chinese FDI in U.S. high tech may not be as scary as popular opinion there would have us believe.

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