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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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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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China’s Biotech Innovators

As the Chinese government implements policies aimed at increasing innovation in the life sciences industry, a new breed of domestic Chinese companies are structuring their corporate infrastructure to amplify innovation. Three themes are emerging from these innovative Chinese companies: the development of new business models, partnering with Western entities, and placing Chinese citizens at the helm that have advanced degrees and industrial experience from the West. As an example, consider the management and business model Read More >

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The Return of the Biotech IPO

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It isn’t just the volume of IPOs this summer that makes this window a victory for hibernating private biotechs and their VC backers, it’s the details of the offerings in terms of price, performance, and type of biotech making the leap onto the public stage. For the last five years we have not seen average offering prices land above expectations, but 2013 is breaking that trend. Price performance is also impressive, with a number of Read More >

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