Category Archives: Inside BIO Industry Analysis
Twice a year, in May and November, the NASDAQ OMX Group re-ranks the closely watched Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI). This Monday (May 23rd), six companies will be added to the Nasdaq Biotech index and two will be removed. The additions are Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), Columbia Laboratories (CBRX), ISTA Pharmaceuticals (ISTA), Pacific Biosciences (PACB) and Zalicus (ZLCS). The two companies to be removed from the NBI are Biodel (BIOD) and China Sky One Read More >
The six biotech IPOs of 2011 have followed 2010′s IPO trends; all took significant haircuts getting out the door and most are performing modestly. The median downward adjustment in the amount raised for 2011′s biotech IPOs stands at -31%, the average is at -33%. These companies have raised a median and mean amount of $49M and $54M, respectively. Despite the lukewarm IPO reception biotech stocks have faced in the U.S., two more U.S. companies have filed to go public since the close of 2010. Specialty pharmaceutical Read More >
Remember this BTK post we wrote back in February of 2010? Well, we thought it was time to revisit the makeup of the BTK index (NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index). Five of the 20 companies that comprised the index in February of last year have either been acquired or are facing acquisition. That means 25% of the entire index has been snapped up in a little over a year (Table 1). Millipore (MIL) and OSI Pharmaceuticals (OSIP) acquired in 2010 by Merck KGaA and Astellas, respectively, have already Read More >
BIO Industry Analysis provided opening remarks at BIO Europe Spring in Milan, Italy, this morning. Dr. John Craighead shared the highlights of BIO’s latest industry update: click here for the slides in pdf format.
Antibody and antibody-like scaffold molecules have been on the pharma licensing radar for some time. The pharma business development interest in these drug candidates stems largely from the targeted mechanisms of action, structural uniqueness of the molecules, strong IP, and portfolio diversification benefits. To analyze deal trends in this niche area of biotechnology, we screened the Windhover/Elsevier Strategic Transactions Database for “Biotechnology” deals, with “Antibody” or “Large Molecule” identifiers, from 2007-2010. From this initial list, Read More >