Creativity Biotechs' Saving Grace: Ernst & Young



    Five strategies to protect your business and navigate the economic
    downturn

    MONTREAL, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Despite difficulties sparked by the
current financial crisis, biotech companies can survive through creativity,
focus and discipline, says Ernst & Young, which has five suggestions to help
biotechs stay the course in turbulent economic times.
    "Over the past 20 years, we've seen many companies that have managed to
adjust their strategies and develop flexibility to weather storms and emerge
stronger," explained Rod Budd, Ernst & Young's Canadian biotech industry
leader.

    
    (1) Review product pipeline: Focus only on those products or projects
        with near-term revenue potential and with a high probability of
        success. Delay, suspend or attempt to monetize on all other products
        or projects.
    (2) Seek capital from non-traditional sources: Consider sales of royalty
        streams, project-based financing, reverse mergers, government
        programs, disease foundations and sales of non-core assets including
        intellectual property.
    (3) Review strategic alliances with other companies: Evaluate possible
        merger partners for strategic fit. Other types of agreements, such as
        resource-sharing arrangements, could reduce costs.
    (4) Manage cash burn and cut non-essential costs: Immediate measures can
        include reviewing supplier relationships and expense policies as well
        as layoffs, work sharing arrangements and temporary pay cuts for
        employees.
    (5) Protect intellectual property: As a last resort, consider bankruptcy
        protection to safeguard intellectual property and give the company
        the time to reorganize.
    

    Ernst & Young's professionals are available to comment on the impact of
the current economic situation in the biotech industry and discuss the above
opinions in greater detail.

    About Ernst & Young

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