Under the SBA’s new rules, companies with more than 50 percent of their backing from venture capital can’t compete for grants. Proponents of the new standards argue that the change ensures that the money goes to small businesses in need of federal help. But the changes “now disqualify many start-up biotech and medical-device companies,” the letter said. That’s so because of the capital-intensive nature of the industry, which often relies on seed money for years before turning a profit.
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