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David Thomas, CFA

David is currently Director of Industry Research and Analysis at BIO in Washington, DC. In this role, he is responsible for financial statistics and analysis of the biotechnology sector and contributes to BIO’s policy activities as well as programming for BIO’s investor conferences. Prior to joining BIO, he was a research scientist at the J. Craig Venter Institute working on the “synthetic cell” team led by Nobel Laureate Hamilton Smith. Before his role in synthetic biology, David worked as a scientist in drug discovery at Amgen, Millennium, and Novartis. His scientific expertise is in protein engineering, enzymology, and synthetic biology. David has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and holds a master’s degree in biochemistry.

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Therapeutic Licensing and M&A Deals

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Licensing deals for therapeutic candidates in 2013 dropped to the lowest volume in at least eight years for deals with disclosed values totaling over $10M. Total upfront payments to biotechs were also at an eight year low, with only $1.9B paid to biotechs in 2013. This is a 50 percent drop from peak levels. However, there is a silver lining in the data: Preclinical deal volume saw a slight increase in 2013, and has not Read More >

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Debunking the Biotech Bubble Talk

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The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) has been on a wild ride in 2014 with a 20 percent gain in the first two months, a 24 percent drop from late February to mid-April, and a rebound of 16 percent off April lows by early June. This recent sell-off follows a 130 percent gain over the last three years and the debut of 100 biotech IPOs, leading some investors to ask if the recent sell-off is the Read More >

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Buy Side Investors Bullish Ahead of 2014 BIO CEO & Investor Conference

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2013 was a record year for the biotech sector, with the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index hitting record highs again and again, ending the year up over 60% — beating the S&P 500 more than two-fold.   But what can we expect for 2014? That will be the topic of discussion at our opening plenary panel at next week’s BIO CEO & Investor Conference, taking place Monday and Tuesday, February 10-11 in New York. To help spur Read More >

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Fewer Small Public Biotechs Today

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A lot can happen in six years. The number of active biotech companies currently trading on US exchanges is now only 300. At the start of 2008, there were almost 400 active companies.   The net decrease in the number of active companies since 2008 is 24%. Had it not been for all the IPO activity we have seen this year, the decrease would have been substantially more. In fact, only 55% of the original Read More >

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Chinese In-Licensing Continues to Strengthen

Chinese companies are eager to collaborate with their ex-China counterparts, and in-licensing agreements are outpacing other forms of biotech deal-making in 2013. In fact, the number of in-licensing deals announced so far this year is more than the combined number of 2012 deals in out-licensing, JV/Alliance and M&A, according to BIO’s Industry Analysis research and GBI. This deal-making momentum bodes well for small and medium-sized biotech companies that have early-stage compounds under development in the Read More >

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