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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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Is the early-stage IPO making a comeback?

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Yesterday was the NASDAQ debut for preclinical-stage biotech Regulus (RGLS). The microRNA platform company is working in multiple therapeutic areas and planning to reach the clinic in 2014. Since the start of the 2009 post-market crash window for biotech IPOs, there have been only two preclinical biotech companies to make it to the public stage. Back in January, we saw Verastem (VSTM), at only 1.5 years of age, make it to the NASDAQ and raise Read More >

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Indices, IPOs, Approvals – YTD Update Aug 14th, 2012

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We are now more than eight months into the year and biotech indices have maintained their outperformance, squeezed out a modest size IPO class, and delivered double digit novel FDA approvals. 1. Indices. The Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) is up 27% Year to Date (YTD) as of last Friday. It was up nearly 20% by the end of the 1st quarter, consolidated during the 2nd quarter, and has participated in the summer rally to tack on another 7%. Here Read More >

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Indices, IPOs, and New Drug Approvals – Update July 6th 2012

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1. Stock Performance. The Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) continued on its path of outperforming the market, up 24.6 percent and increasing its Year-to-Date (YTD) lead over the S&P 500 which is up 8.3 percent. The Amex Biotech Index (BTK) closed out June up a hefty 34.6 percent YTD: 2. IPOs: Tesaro, Inc. (TSRO) was June’s sole U.S. IPO, raising $81M.  The company was formed just two years ago and has aggressively in-licensed cancer treatments from Read More >

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Phase III Assets in High Demand – Results from the Business Forum Meeting Activity

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At the BIO International Convention in Boston today, we released our results from the Business Forum meeting activity. This analysis provides a real-time snapshot of what in-licensors from pharma and biotech are looking for here at the conference. The Business Forum hit over 25,000 scheduled One-on-One Partnering™ meetings on Monday afternoon.  This is 18% more meetings than last year, and more than double the meetings held back in 2007, when we last held this event in Read More >

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Only a Few Public Biotechs are Profitable, but There are More of Them Today

Of the 294 biotechs trading on public exchanges today, 248 (84%) focus on drug development. Of these 248 in the biopharmaceutical space, 81, or 33% have a drug approved. Only 32 (13%) had both a product on the market and positive net income in 2011. However, this 13% represents a significant jump from the 7.5% with positive net income we calculated for 2009. Note that this comes over a time frame in which a few profitable companies were Read More >

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