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Drug Discovery Platform Verseon Launches Blockchain-Based Securities Exchange

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Pharmaceutical companies could soon use blockchain for securities trading, Verseon predicts.

U.S. pharmaceutical company Verseon has become the latest medical organization to experiment in blockchain technology, it confirmed in a press release Tuesday, September 18.

Verseon’s main product is its proprietary physics-based drug discovery platform. The company was established in 2002 and it now trades on the London Stock Exchange, boasting a market cap of £211 million ($277 million).

Part of a growing trend among major pharmaceutical players to leverage blockchain’s data and security benefits, the company’s subsidiary BlockRules will facilitate what it describes as technology which “supports the sale, launch, and trading of securities on a public blockchain.

This, the release explains, “permits fully regulated, secure, and transparent support of securities, including decentralized tradingand will assist other pharmaceuticals players to overhaul their funding and development strategy.

“By democratizing investment access with blockchain technology, we will change the way new medicines and other life-science innovations are funded and how the resulting proceeds are shared,” Verseon CEO Adityo Prakash commented.

The move marks a continuation of the innovation which is ongoing in the wider health industry this year.

As Cointelegraph reported, multiple actors have identified blockchain’s ability to safeguard previously costly and inefficient processes such as supply chains and ensuring drugs are not tampered with.

Individual setups are also appearing beyond big business, such as in Taiwan, where earlier this month one hospital debuted a blockchain record-keeping system for sensitive patient data.

Rumah Kripto Berita France Finalizes New ICO Framework to ‘Attract Innovators Globally’
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France Finalizes New ICO Framework to ‘Attract Innovators Globally’
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France Finalizes New ICO Framework to ‘Attract Innovators Globally’

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The French government has approved a legal framework for ICOs made to protect contributors.

France’s Minister for the Economy and Finance has announced that the government has accepted an article of the Business Growth and Transformation bill (PACTE) dedicated to Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), according to a tweet posted Wednesday, September 12.

As finance Minister Bruno Le Maire states, the French stock markets regulator Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is now empowered to give licenses to companies that want to raise funds via an ICO, with the legislation aiming to help protect contributorsinterests.

Le Maire also hopes that the current legal framework for ICOs in France will “attract investors from all over the world.

According to the PACTE project published by the National Assembly (lower party of the French parliament), prior to any token issuances, a company must apply for a license from the AMF providing detailed information on the offer and issuer. The measures will provide additional guarantees for ICOs, which AMF had previously considered risky.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has historically been bullish on emerging innovative technologies, last year proposing to convert France into astartup nation.Later in 2018, in line with Macron’s words, Le Maire introduced his PACTE bill, which aims to transform and innovate the French economy, in March stating France was ready for a “blockchain revolution”.

This year, France has also seen changes in rules surrounding crypto taxation, though in a more stringent direction. As Cointelegraph reported in May, the French Council of State clarified the specifics of Bitcoin taxation in France to move the tax for Bitcoin trading from a progressive taxation (between 14 and 45 percent) to a fixed taxation of 19 percent.

In terms of the wider European context, as Cointelegraph reported earlier this month, European Parliament members held a meeting with blockchain experts on ICO regulation in early September.

Later Belgian think tank Bruegel released a report that called for unified legislation on cryptocurrencies in the EU and more scrutiny on how they were distributed to investors.

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