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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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Clinical Trial Success Rates – Recent Study from Tufts

Joseph DiMasi and his team at Tufts University published a paper earlier this year in Nature’s Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics journal that contains some interesting data on clinical trial success rates. The published data are relevant to biotech investors and business development professionals in that published industry data for clinical outcomes can make a significant difference on the overall valuation of a company. These probabilities can also have a meaningful impact on the ability to Read More >

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IPO Update – November 11th, 2010

Today’s IPO from Complete Genomics (GNOM) brings the US biotech IPO list to 17 since the latest window opened up back in August 2009. The Complete Genomics IPO makes it two in a row for DNA sequencing companies hitting the Nasdaq, with Pacific Biosciences (PACB) debuting just 10 trading days ago. Once again, however, we see the IPO price come in below the expected price: Complete Genomics priced its initial public offering of stock at Read More >

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Therapeutic Discovery Project Awards Provide Much Needed R&D Support

This morning, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the awardees of the Therapeutic Discovery Project (TDP). We are running a few analytics on the recipient list and posting them here, along with links to relevant articles/blogs. Here is a primer: 5600 projects were submitted by ~3000 companies The maximum amount a project received was $244,479 78% of projects received the maximum amount Average project award was $217,108 72% of the Read More >

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State of the Industry – From BIO Investor Forum 2010

Here is our slide deck from the 9th annual BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco: BIO Investor Forum 2010 final   From the media and blogosphere: Bloomberg in vivo blog Medical Technology Stock Letter

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IPO update: 28 IPOs, 24 on Deck

The number of IPOs slowed during the summer, but the queue has been filling nicely.  Fifteen more biotechs have filed to go public in the last month and a half, bringing the total to 24 globally. The two US IPOs this summer were from NuPATH and Trius. Again, we saw a reduction in the amount planned vs actually raised for these IPOs. On average, US biotechs have raised an amount 28% below what is first Read More >

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