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Emerging Company Policy Deconstructed: Fostering Innovation Act (H.R. 2629)

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In a nutshell: Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced H.R. 2629, the Fostering Innovation Act, to update SEC filing status classifications for public companies and help ease regulatory burdens on emerging companies and reduce the bureaucratic hurdles and red tape that lengthen the time to bring cures from discovery to patient. Why you should care: SEC Rule 12b-2 establishes three classifications for public companies to determine their filing status, which include large accelerated filers (companies with Read More >

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The Value of Partnering Continues to be a Draw for BIO Events

Last month’s BIO Convention in China saw 700 partnering meetings between executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and investment firms from North America, Europe and Asia. These meetings allowed industry executives to meet and explore business opportunities with China’s emerging biotech sector. One company in particular, SciClone Pharmaceuticals, invited BioWorld to tag along for the day and get an insider’s look at what a full day of partnering entails. To better understand the full scope of participating in these partnering meetings, read Read More >

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Biotech Stocks Hit Record Highs…Again

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Biotech stocks hit an all-time high this week, driven by strong performance among large cap sector leaders with strong product portfolios. A common benchmark for the sector, the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (NBI) has outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of over 2X. The NBI is up 61% year to date, compared with 26% for the S&P 500. We’ll be discussing this strong performance in New York this February at the BIO CEO & Investor Read More >

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NYC Launches $100M Life Science Fund

On Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Robert Steel announced that the city is launching the New York City Emerging Life Science Technology Investment Fund, a $100 million venture fund for life sciences research. New York City will invest $10 million along with $40 million from Eli Lilly, Celgene and GE Ventures, with the remaining $50 million matched by venture capital partnerships. The fund will be used to invest in 15-20 early-stage research and development companies by 2020. Read More >

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Emerging Company Policy Deconstructed: Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act (H.R. 3448)

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In a nutshell: This bill, sponsored by Reps. Sean Duffy (R-WI) and John Carney (D-DE), will spur capital formation by increasing liquidity for emerging growth companies, including biotech innovators, that trade on the public market. Why you should care: Under current U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules, all securities on the public market are priced in $0.01 increments. This minimum trading increment is known as the “tick size.” The switch to the standard tick Read More >

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