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BIO Investor Forum: The New Kids on the Biotech Block

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Where should biotech start-ups look for funding in the venture capital desert that is becoming the new normal? The panel The New Kids on the Biotech Block: Trends in Early-Stage Financing kicked off the 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum and focused on non-traditional early-stage investors and deal structures. Moderated by Jeron Eaves, a senior practice executive with Campbell Alliance, the panel highlighted companies that have secured financing from creative sources, like patient advocacy groups and venture Read More >

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How does the NBI perform in the last quarter of the year?

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Does the NASDAQ Biotech Index (NBI) outperform the broader market in the last three months of the year, or underperform? The NBI tends to be up in the 4th quarter, but a lot of that has to do with the overall market, not the biotechs. Here are the returns for the last quarter of the year for the last 20 years: (source: Factset) When looking directly at overall performance, biotech and the broader market have had good Read More >

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Is the early-stage IPO making a comeback?

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

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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