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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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Improving Oncology Clinical Trials

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The 18th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference kicked off with a panel focused on oncology therapeutics. A group of clinical trial experts gathered Monday morning in New York to discuss how to improve success in drug development. In particular, they explored alternative models for clinical trial design to reach higher success rates. As a lead-in to the challenge faced, preliminary data from BIO and BioMedTracker was presented on clinical development success rates [here, and upcoming data here]. The key takeaway: the most recent decade of data shows oncology Read More >

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2015 FDA Approvals: Highest Levels in Over a Decade

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2015 was a blockbuster year for FDA approvals of novel new medicines, many of them for serious and life-threatening conditions. As Dr. John Jenkins of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) notes in a recent blog post, “During this past year, we approved many new drugs to treat various forms of cancer, including four to treat multiple myeloma, and others to treat lung, skin, breast, brain, colorectal, and other cancers. We also Read More >

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Haves and Have Nots in Biotech Venture Capital

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Recent data from the BIO Industry Analysis team tells a story of “haves and have-nots” in US biopharma venture capital. Three key findings were discussed Wednesday at the 14th Annual BIO Investor Forum. The first finding from the recent study is that funding of therapeutic companies is strong for late rounds (Series B and above), but weak for Series A. Although total levels of venture funding have been climbing recently, the majority of the increase is from late rounds. Read More >

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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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