Innovative ideas don't have to be a casualty of a sluggish economy. Ballard Spahr and partner Jennifer L. Miller, who helps lead the firm's Life Sciences/Technology Group, have released a guide to success for startup life sciences companies and their investors.

"This is an exciting time for the life sciences industry," Ms. Miller said. "There is a great deal of passion out there. Technological advances are waiting to leap forward and there are people who can make it happen."

Ms. Miller edited How To Start and Grow a Life Sciences Company: Practical Advice for Startup Companies & Incubators, a collection of writings by CEOs of startups, accountants, venture capital and angel investors, and others who have experience working with entrepreneurs. This book is intended to be the go-to resource guide that entrepreneurs will keep handy and refer to often as they get their companies off the ground and advance their technologies. Ms. Miller is a contributor, as is her co-chair of the firm's Life Sciences practice, Douglas M. Fox, and other Ballard Spahr attorneys with decades of experience helping entrepreneurs choose an entity, protect their intellectual property, obtain financing, grow their company, and exit.

A celebration for the launch of the book, produced by Ballard Spahr and published by Merrill DataSite, is scheduled for May 25 at the University City Science Center in West Philadelphia.