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David Thomas, CFA

David is currently Senior 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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State of the Industry for Emerging Therapeutic Companies

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Emerging therapeutic companies are at their strongest point in a decade. In our new report on investment and deal trends, the BIO Industry Analysis team shows how this segment within the biotech industry has been faring over the last 10 years. The annual aggregate totals show that for almost every funding or deal activity analyzed, 2014 was the peak year of the last decade. A strong public market, a revitalized private funding environment, and a Read More >

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Ten Years of Therapeutic Venture Capital

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What therapeutic areas have received the most funding in private drug companies over the last decade? How much of this has been for new drugs vs drug delivery? How much into biologics vs small molecules? This week, we released a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive report on venture capital trends covering 2004-2013. To investigate investor trends in specific therapeutic areas and level of innovation, we analyzed data from four venture capital databases to create the broadest, most comprehensive Read More >

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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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