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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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A Big Year for Novel Drugs Approvals

What was your top Biopharma highlight for 2012? If it wasn’t the stellar move in the AMEX Biotech Index (up 42%), or the reauthorization of PDUFA, then perhaps it was the decade high for innovative drugs approvals. We would need to go back to the 1990s to find a year with as many FDA approvals for novel drugs as we had in 2012. Adding to the positive trend in numbers, up 29% from the robust Read More >

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Small Companies, Big Returns

The broader biotech indices are up more than 30 percent this year and have reached levels not seen since the peak of March 2000. Larger biotechs account for much of the index returns, as we have described previously, and have helped the sector outperform the S&P 500 by two fold. But how have smaller biotech companies been performing? As of Nov 30, 27 companies that started the year under $1 billion in market capitalization have Read More >

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Big Ventures

It is rare to see triple digit millions in private financing rounds, but it does happen once or twice a year on average. In the headlines last week, was the largest triple digit VC round in years – the $160M in venture capital funding for Intarcia. With the simultaneous debt financing of $50M, the total funding round was $210M. Behind the deal were existing investors New Enterprise Associates, New Leaf Venture Partners and Venrock, plus Read More >

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Biotech IPOs

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The troubles in the biotech IPO market are complicated to explain to industry outsiders. They read about new biotechs debuting on the public market, but also hear bankers, VCs, and CEOs complaining about how the IPO window never really opened after 2008. The reality is that we are seeing positive developments and negative trends simultaneously. On the bright side, the cumulative number of IPOs is holding up. The recent pace of biotech IPOs mimics what Read More >

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Choose Your Own Adventure – The Private Biotech Crossroads

It is a known fact within the private company biopharma universe that the days of certainty for public exits, subsequent private financings, and even pharma licensing deals are over. IPOs have been out of favor for five years, venture firms are turning away from the sector, and fewer licensing deals are being cut. What is less understood about this uncertain environment is how it has forced management and their venture backers, to not only rethink Read More >

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