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The Valley of Death refers to the often insuperable gap between a scientific idea and its transformation into a moneyspinning venture. Keen to bridge this gap, the government is consulting on how it can keep good ideas commercially alive (a cluster of biotech companies went bust a few years ago) and within these shores. The structure of DNA was elucidated in Cambridge but its applications largely exploited in the United States. The Commons Science and Technology Committee invites contributions by those who can explain what the barriers to commercialisation are, whether the government’s current policies are a help or hindrance…

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