U.S. venture funds raised $29.8 billion last yr, most since 2007

U.S. venture capital firms raised $5.6 billion last quarter and $29.8 billion for the year, making 2014 the richest year for venture fundraising since 2007, the National Venture Capital Association said.

A handful of large funds, including Andreessen Horowitz’s $1.5 billion fund announced in the first quarter, helped bump the total up almost 70 percent over the previous year’s total of $17.7 billion.

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Soaring Kiwis: E-waste recycling pioneer aiming for positive changes

Privahini Bradoo is working to help solve the world’s waste problems through her company which aims to extract reusable metals from electronic waste.

Bradoo is the chief executive of BlueOak, a company she co-founded in 2010 with Bryce Goodman at the Nasa Ames campus in California. The startup company is targeting the 40 million tonnes of discarded computers and mobile phones (e-waste) every year to process at specially built mini-refineries to extract the precious materials, reducing the need to mine.

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Biotech Industry Shatters Key Fundraising Records in 2014

The biotech industry shattered records for venture investment, IPOs, and M &A in 2014 as growing enthusiasm for breakthrough technologies and rising stock prices drove investment. Overall, the global life sciences industry raised a total of $104.2 billion, up from $92.9 billion in 2013.

It was the second biggest year for total fundraising in the industry’s history, bested only by 2009 when the industry raised $108.6 billion. The 2009 numbers, though, were driven by a total of $83.1 billion in global debt financings, much of which was tied to large acquisitions made that year.

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Call for research focus shake-up

Some high-tech companies say government-funded research is a waste of time and it needs to be more focused on their needs, according to Manufacturing New Zealand.

The government’s first national science strategy, published last May, set out its priorities for the next 10 years.
But Manufacturing New Zealand says it is not focused enough on business.

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NZ Super Fund makes US$60 million investment in LanzaTech

NZ Super Fund Makes US$60 Million Investment in Lanzatech

Auckland, New Zealand: The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made a US$60 million equity investment in leading gas fermentation company LanzaTech (www.lanzatech.com).

Founded in New Zealand in 2005 and now headquartered in Chicago, LanzaTech turns waste gas from steel mills into ethanol and other high value fuels and chemicals.

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New Zealand changing the world

What’s your best story of New Zealand science and innovation impacting the world?

We want to hear it and tell it to the world. I lead the international science team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Our main aim is to support increased international science cooperation with key countries around the world. We support the development of cooperation agreements, meet regularly with our counterparts and research institutions overseas, and manage the International Relationships Fund.

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Pacific Edge launches second bladder test in NZ, flags US launch next year

Pacific Edge [NZX: PEB], the non-invasive bladder cancer test developer, has launched its second cancer test in New Zealand and flags a US launch early next year.

The Dunedin-based company launched Cxbladder Triage in New Zealand, its second commercialised cancer diagnostic test which sits alongside its first product, Cxbladder Detect, it said in a statement. The product seeks to screen the majority of patients to potentially avoid more intensive testing and care.

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