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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.

Factor

A third party that buys a firm's accounts receivable. If a firm is not confident in its ability to collect on its credit sales, it may sell the right to receive payment to the factor at a discount. The factor then assumes the credit risk associated with the accounts receivable. This provides the firm immediate access to working capital, which is important, especially if the firm has a cash flow problem. The price of factoring is determined by the creditworthiness of the firm's customer, not of the firm itself. It is also known as accounts receivable financing.

factor

A firm that purchases accounts receivable from another firm at a discount. The purchasing firm then attempts to collect the receivables.

factor

To sell accounts receivable to another party at a discount from face value. Thus, a firm in need of cash to pay down short-term debt may decide to factor its accounts receivable to another firm.

factor

  1. a firm that purchases TRADE DEBTS from client firms. See FACTORING.
  2. a firm that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. an input (for example raw material, labour, capital) which is used to produce a good or provide a service.

factor

  1. 1a FACTOR INPUT that is used in production (see NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, CAPITAL).
  2. a business that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. a business that buys trade debts from client firms (at some agreed price below the nominal value of the debts) and then arranges to recover them for itself. See FACTOR MARKET, FACTORING.
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Jinfu Wang, Professor, Department of Biological Technology, College of Life Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, has demonstrated the ability to significantly expand stem and progenitor cells when cord blood is co-cultured with adherent cells in the presence of hematopoietic growth factors.
Leukine, which Schering AG acquired in July 2002, is a hematopoietic growth factor that stimulates neutrophils, monocyte/macrophages, and dendritic cells.
Imprime PGG has demonstrated a strong safety profile in four clinical trials, including two phase I trials with Imprime PGG alone in healthy subjects, a phase Ib trial with Imprime PGG in combination with a hematopoietic growth factor, and the ongoing Phase Ib/IIa trial in combination with a monoclonal antibody in colorectal cancer patients.
Under a separate IND, the company also has completed a Phase I/II trial with Imprime PGG in combination with a hematopoietic growth factor.
This follows an expansion last year of the existing hematopoietic growth factor alliance with its U.
Thrombopoietin (TPO) is the key hematopoietic growth factor responsible for platelet production.

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