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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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Sizing up the NBI in 2011

How did the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) perform in 2011 relative to other sectors? Second place. Not so bad considering 2011 was the year of defense in the stock market. Like a page out of a textbook on defensive market plays, utilities edged out ahead with a +15% gain, followed by consumer staples with 11%. The NBI squeezed in between at 12%, just above the overall healthcare sector. Overall, the S&P500 was flat for the Read More >

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IPO Update – Jan 2012

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2011 ended quietly for the US biotech IPO market. It has now been almost two months without a biotech IPO. The last few IPOs back in November continued the theme that was in place at the beginning of the year – you can get out, but with a -30% haircut. In fact, only two of the 12 IPOs in 2011 raised more than they filed for. This is shown in chart 1 below. The two Read More >

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Where’s the Deal?

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With only two weeks to go in 2011 it is looking like a five year low for deals. The chart below shows therapeutic deals dropping every year since 2007. We use the Windhover/Elsevier Strategic Transaction Database as our starting point for deal analytics. We analyze each deal to determine if the deal is for a drug asset, removing generic/OTC deals, manufacturing/service deals, device/diagnostics/tools deals, and tech transfer deals. What remains are deals for biotech company Read More >

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Just how big is $11 Billion? GILD Acquires VRUS

Seeing the markets open down 2% or more on a Monday morning feels like “business as usual” on Wall Street these days. What is not, is seeing the Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) shoot up 4.5% on the same day the markets are cratering. It is very rare these days to find any sector not correlating with the volatile downturns set off by debt laden countries around the globe. So what is behind the inverse correlation Read More >

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Public Exits and Virtual Biotechs – Dreams or Reality?

Here at the 10th Annual BIO Investor Forum, investors and CEOs are debating “all the options” for private companies. The first panel of the conference explored the backdoor entrance into public markets as chilly winds continue to blow through the latest IPO window. For the lunch plenary, panelists examined the option to go virtual and make capital efficiency a reality. Reverse Mergers It is no secret that the IPO market for biotechs has been tough. Read More >

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