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Small biotech companies — most of whom stick to science, not politics — are speaking up about the House Democrats’ drug pricing bill because they are uniquely worried that the policies included in the legislation bill will dry up venture capital funding that drives their industry, STAT writes. In turn, this would make it impossible for other small startups that turn basic research into new medicines to get off the ground. “This bill could have devastating effects on our industry, period. End of discussion,” says Paul Hastings of Nkarta Therapeutics.

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