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M&A Considerations for Venture-Backed Companies – Register now! 04/27/2016

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MBBP to host a panel of experienced deal makers who will provide an insider’s perspective on what it takes to successfully position a venture backed company for sale and get a deal done. These panelists include Brady BohrmannTed Gillick, and Douglas Melsheimer. They all represent unique perspectives of a buyer, seller, and banker and each bring years of experience in venture-backed M&A.

Topics that will be addressed include positioning your company for a successful exit, various stakeholders in an M&A transaction, buyers assessing strategic fit, and best practices to ensure a smooth transaction and done deal.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 19th at 4:00pm at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Seating is limited – Register here.

 

 

MBBP Clients Named Finalists in SBANE New England Innovation Awards 04/06/2016

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SBANE Logo (M0164564xB1386)The Smaller Business Association of New England announced this year’s Innovation Awards Finalists. MBBP would like to congratulate clients WatchRx and The Curadel Companies on advancing to the final round of this prestigious competition. We also have two additional clients, Sparkx Hockey and Applied BioMath, that reached the Semifinal round.  Since 1986, the Innovation Awards recognizes companies that have transformed their innovative ideas into a product that delivers proven value to customer. Former winners have come from a variety of fields including technology, manufacturing, service, non-profit, and retail/distribution. The Finalists will present to judges on April 7th, 2016 and will be honored at The New England Innovation Awards Gala on May 12th at The Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.

To learn more, visit the SBANE Innovation Awards webpage.

 

Fenway Summer Ventures Leads Financing in StreetShares 03/16/2016

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fenwaysummer logoCongratulations to our client Fenway Summer Ventures for leading a Series A financing in StreetShares. Endeavor Equity Holding and Pivot Investments also participated in the initial $4.5 million Series A closing. Led by co-founders Mark Rockefeller and Mickey Konson, StreetShares brings together business owners in search of funding and investors looking for both financial and social returns. The online lender offers loans and lines of credit of $2,000 to $100,000 to small businesses, many of which are run by veterans.

MBBP attorneys Jon Gworek and Matt Loecker handled the transaction on behalf of Fenway Summer Ventures. To learn more, please click here.

‘The Flame in the Flood’ released for PC, Mac and Xbox One 03/04/2016

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molassessMBBP client, Boston-based The Molasses Flood has released their first game for PC, Mac and Xbox One. From the Art Director of BioShock and a team of veterans of the BioShock, Halo, Guitar Hero and Rock Band series comes The Flame in the Flood.

Gamers navigate a journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America, evading predators along the way. Characters travel ‘by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river.’ Challenges include scrounging for resources, crafting tools and most importantly, staying ahead of the coming rains. This is no ‘Oregon Trail.’ (Game Industry News agrees. Check out their review.)

Learn more about BioShock’s Forrest Dowling’s first foray into indie games as Founder of The Molasses Flood in this engadget interview.

Congrats, Molasses Flood!

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“Watch” it here: MBBP Client WatchRx wins Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge! 02/26/2016

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MBBP client WatchRx, is an early stage startup founded while trying to help aging parents manage their medications and health conditions remotely. Current solutions available in the market, like mobile apps and pill caps/bottles, didn’t fit the need and only added to the confusion. WatchRx provides a a simple dedicated reminder solution. From voice reminders to GPS tracking this device addresses so many needs. The watch can even send alerts to family and caregivers.

The Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge is an open competition focused on ideas and early-stage companies that improve patient care and/or drive down the cost of health care through the use of Remote Patient Monitoring using wearable, implantable or ubiquitous sensors. The top five ideas based on the online crowd voting and online judge scores were honored at a live event on February 25, 2016, where they presented their ideas to the Challenge Sponsors and fellow participants.  Arun Buduri, Founder and Chief Product Officer, presented for WatchRx and walked away the winner! Watch the pitch (skip to 56:45) and award (skip to 1:53:00) here.

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This isn’t the only thing the Greater Boston-based company is celebrating. Just yesterday WatchRx Founder and CEO Jayanthi Narasimhan was awarded 2016 Women to Watch in Science & Technology by the Boston Business Journal.

Congrats to WatchRx. If you aren’t a client to “watch” we don’t know who is!

 

MBBP Client Becomes Europe’s Largest Provider of Digital Learning Platforms 12/23/2015

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Last month, MBBP Client itslearning, a market leading learning management system provider, announced its acquisition of Fronter, a Scandinavian-based learning management system.  The acquisition makes  itslearning Europe’s largest provider of digital learning platforms.

Read the full press release here.

 

MBBP’s Life Sciences Vector, Fall 2015 11/30/2015

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extU.S. INTRODUCTION TO THE HAGUE SYSTEM

For many years, non-U.S. parties have taken advantage of the Hague System to register their design patents, an important part of strengthening and differentiating your product and brand. On May 13, 2015, the Hague Agreement Implementation of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLT) went into effect in the U.S. As a result, the U.S. became a member of the Hague System, an international system of registration for design patents (also referred to as “industrial designs” internationally). Now, U.S. applicants wishing to register a design patent in the U.S. and abroad may submit a single application and pay a single fee to register such design patent in all or some of the 63 other Contracting Parties that participate in the Hague Agreement.

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4,500 COMPANIES REELING AS EU’S HIGHEST COURT INVALIDATES SAFE HARBOR

On October 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a binding judgment invalidating the European Commission Decision (Commission Decision 2000/520, the “Safe Harbor Decision”) that authorized the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor arrangement. For the past fifteen years, this arrangement has been relied upon by many businesses to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States in compliance with the EU Data Protection Directive (Commission Decision 95/46, the “Directive”). As a result of the CJEU’s judgment, self-certification under the Safe Harbor framework is no longer sufficient to comply with the Directive.

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CONTROLLING THE DEBATE: ANTICIPATORY SELF-DILIGENCE IN BIOTECH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

By: Jonathan P. Gertler, Back Bay Life Science Advisors

Business development is the lifeblood of the biotech industry. This article focuses on internal decision making regarding portfolio prioritization, and external anticipatory diligence to maintain optimal control over negotiation dynamics (i.e. “controlling the debate”).

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MBBP ADDS TWO ASSOCIATES

Registered Patent Attorney Erin E. Bryan handles a broad range of intellectual property issues in a number of technical areas. She currently works with a variety of clients, including universities, research organizations and start-ups in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas. She is also proficient in patent prosecution and provides assistance with various phases of IP litigation and counseling.

Corporate Attorney Erik S. Thompson provides services to a range of clients, including emerging businesses and private investment funds, and advises them on mergers and acquisitions, issuances of ISOs and equity options, and regulatory compliance. He also serves as outside counsel to numerous companies, attending Board meetings and advising them on corporate actions.

MBBP ATTORNEYS PRESENT “CONSTRUCTING A SOLID PROVISIONAL PATENT”

In October, Registered Patent Attorneys Sean D. Detweiler and Dr. Stanley F. Chalvire spoke at a program hosted by TechSandBox for its Life Sciences SIG. Joining Sean and Stan were two Life Science CEOs. The panel provided attendees with guidance on how to do a provisional patent, on your own, or on a low budget.

RECENT FINANCINGS IN HEALTHCARE / LIFE SCIENCES

  • NED Biosystems closed a $1.5 million Series B Preferred financing with First Round Capital and angel investors. NED Biosystems provides a adjunct therapy of natural supplements designed to enhance chemotherapy with less toxic side effects.
  • Criscot Inc. closed an $800,000 extension of its Series A-2 Preferred Stock financing. Criscot provides a novel, proprietary applicator for delivery of drug compounds, resulting in more exact dosage without toxicity effects.
  • First Light Biosciences Inc. closed a $3.0 million Series B Preferred Stock financing. First Light Biosciences provides a patented instrument for early and swift detection of pathogens during the hospital admissions process, reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

SELVITA ESTABLISHES FIRST U.S. OPERATIONS  IN GREATER BOSTON AREA

MBBP client, Selvita, recently announced an expansion into the Boston-area biotechnology and pharmaceutical market, as they open a fully-owned US subsidiary, Selvita Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Selvita is a leading global drug discovery company and the largest drug discovery company in Central and Eastern Europe. The new office, located at 485 Massachusetts Ave., will focus largely on expanding the company’s existing clients for its drug discovery services, as well as exploring and developing partnering opportunities.

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HENKE-SASS, WOLF A SO-CALLED “HIDDEN CHAMPION”

Every day, people all over the world use products and solutions produced by Henke-Sass, Wolf – often without even realizing it, as most of our products have the brand and label of our customers and not ours. As a medium-sized international company, and a technological leader in the medical endoscopy sector, we are sometimes considered a “hidden champion” – but certainly not “hidden” from our longstanding business partners and loyal customers.

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MBBP Client Halloran Continues to Grow 11/23/2015

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Halloran LogoMBBP Client Halloran Consulting Group, Inc. will be adding 30 employees to its current staff of 57 over the next year. Halloran is known for helping guide life science startups or companies in the midst of transition navigate the waters.

For more on Halloran’s recent growth, read here.

MBBP Clients Earn 2015 Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion 11/04/2015

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On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the Boston Bar Association will present six Massachusetts Affinity Bar Associations with the 6th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion. Amongst the six award winners are three MBBP Clients, the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, and the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. The area affinity bar associations are to be recognized for their exceptional leadership in creating a lasting impact and illuminating a new path toward a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

Congratulations to the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston!

MBBP Client Unshrinkit on Shark Tank 10/28/2015

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download (3)MBBP Client Unshrinkit  has  announced that its pitch to the Shark Tank will air on ABC Network on Friday, November 13.   Unshrinkit Co-founders Nate Barbera and Desiree Stolar will be featured on a special themed episode about Millennials making innovative waves.

Tune in to Unshrinkit on Shark Tank at 9:00PM!

MBBP Clients Among Rev Boston’s Honorees – 20 Women in Tech You Need to Know 10/15/2015

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Rev Boston1*DDrz8nII38ItJZBHLbQlXw, an exclusive two-day bootcamp hosted by venture firm Accomplice and Diane Hessan, CEO of Startup Institute, has announced its honorees – the top 20 female business leaders in Boston – invited to participate in leadership training workshops.

Among the 20 honorees are Janet Commons of MBBP Client Promoboxx and Megan Hall of MBBP Client Iora Health.

Congratulations to all!  Read more and view the full list of honorees here!

MBBP Client Unshrinkit Named as Top 26 MassChallenge Finalist 10/14/2015

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download (3)MassChallenge has named MBBP Client Unshrinkit as one of 26 finalists for its 2015 Boston startup accelerator program. From the top 26, a panel of judges will award between 10 and 20 startups equity-free, non-dilutive grants of either $50,000 or $100,000.

Congratulations Unshrinkit!

For more information on the competition, please visit MassChallenge.

BlueMetal Acquired by Insight 10/05/2015

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bluemetal-logoMBBP Client BlueMetal Architects, Inc., an interactive design and technology architecture firm based in the Boston area, was acquired in a merger transaction by Insight Enterprises, Inc.  a Fortune 500 company based in Phoenix, AZ.

MBBP has served as counsel to BlueMetal since its inception in 2010,  and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this merger. Mark Tarallo was lead attorney for the transaction.

For more information, read the full news release here.

MBBP Client LeadGnome Earns Top Marketing Tools of 2015 Award 10/01/2015

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LeadGnome Logo (M0841051)MBBP Client LeadGnome was among the Top Marketing Tools of 2015  award winners selected by Nancy Nardin’s Smart Selling ToolsLeadGnome was recognized as a leader in Account Based Marketing for its innovative web service that mines email for targeted contacts and actionable business intelligence.

Congratulations LeadGnome!

MBBP Client Selvita Establishes First U.S. Operations in Greater Boston Area 09/25/2015

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MBBP client, Selvita, recently announced an expansion into the Boston-area biotechnology and pharmaceutical market, as they open a fully-owned US subsidiary, Selvita Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Selvita is a leading global drug discovery company and the largest drug discovery company in Central and Eastern Europe. The new office, located at 485 Massachusetts Ave., will focus largely on expanding the company’s existing clients for its drug discovery services, as well as exploring and developing partnering opportunities.

“We are excited to celebrate the official opening of Selvita’s new office in Cambridge,” said Mike Kennealy, Acting President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a state-funded investment agency that worked closely with Selvita on their location decision. “The company’s presence here will enable Selvita to make important contributions to the Massachusetts life sciences community and to drug development, in the world’s leading ecosystem for life sciences innovation and growth.”

Read the full news release here.

Iora Health Expanding to Boston Area 09/14/2015

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IroaMBBP client, Iora Health, recently announced an expansion into the Boston-area health care market, as they open new practices in Hyde Park and in Medford. Iora Health is widely known for its unique business model which enables Iora to build unusually close relationships with their patients in order to better understand their concerns and needs, and, in the long run, to  keep more patients in poor health out of the emergency room. In fact, Iora’s co-founder, Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, says their goal is nothing less than to “transform health care”; as their web site says, their real objective is “restoring humanity to health care”.  In the new offices, where the primary care practice will be focused exclusively on people aged 65 and older, Iora Health expects to achieve the same astonishing rate of patient satisfaction they’ve enjoyed in their other offices nationwide. To learn more about the care model, please click here to read a recent New York Times profile.

MBBP Client Goes for Super Bowl Gold – A Commercial Spot 09/04/2015

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download (3)Have you ever offered to do the laundry out of good nature just to realize you’ve accidentally ruined your wife’s best sweater?  Or what about the time you were in such a rush you threw all your clothes in the wash and that one favorite piece came out the size that could fit a doll?

Well you’re in luck!  MBBP startup client Unshrinkit, has created a patent-pending solution which saves shrunken wool clothing that fell victim to a washer or dryer mistake.

Exciting news, right?  What’s more exciting is that Unshrinkit has been named as one of ten finalists in Intuit’s “Small Business, Big Game Contest”.  The contestants are competing for a chance to win an all-expense paid 30 second commercial at Super Bowl 2016!

Vote for Unshrinkit here.

DraftKings Kicks off Football Season at Gillette 08/26/2015

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DraftKings_Logo-495x353MBBP Client DraftKings, the leading provider of daily fantasy sport, will be opening a branded fantasy sports lounge at Gillette Stadium. The startup, which has raised $375 million in venture funding since 2012, also announced similarly-branded lounges at AT&T Stadium  and Arrowhead Stadium.

The openings are scheduled for September 10, 2015.

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MBBP Client Sophity To Be Featured At MIN#78 08/26/2015

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higherreslogo_swongOur client Sophity, which empowers consulting businesses to increase revenue and margin by automating the collection of critical business data, thereby improving data accuracy for billing and planning purposes, has been chosen as a presenter at the next Mass Innovation Nights event (MIN#78) on September 9th at the brand-new TripAdvisor Needham headquarters.

A mainstay of the Massachusetts innovation community, the MIN events are held once a month at varying venues, providing a showcase each time for ten select, stand-out companies as they demonstrate their ingenuity and entrepreneurship to a mixed audience of experts, bloggers and fellow innovators. The highly-prized chance to present one’s product or service at an MIN event is viewed as both an honor and an opportunity. We know that Sophity, previously an EforAllAccelerator Winter 2015 winner, will make the most of it, and we congratulate them on their selection!

Click here for more information and to vote for your favorite products.

MBBP Client ‘Fuels’ Pan Mass Challenge Riders 08/24/2015

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collage-2015-08-21This Summer’s Pan Mass Challenge athletes got a chance to taste what the folks at Fuel For Fire have been cooking up: an innovative nutrition product made entirely of real food.

MBBP client Fuel For Fire donated Banana Cocoa “fuel” for 6,000+ riders and volunteers over the course of the weekend.

Wondering how it tastes? MBBP’s own Mike Cavaretta – who rode the PMC for the 11th time this year – got a sample and gave it two thumbs up!

Way to support your community, Fuel For Fire!

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