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Small Companies, Big Returns

The broader biotech indices are up more than 30 percent this year and have reached levels not seen since the peak of March 2000. Larger biotechs account for much of the index returns, as we have described previously, and have helped the sector outperform the S&P 500 by two fold. But how have smaller biotech companies been performing? As of Nov 30, 27 companies that started the year under $1 billion in market capitalization have Read More >

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Data Exclusivity Protects Innovators and Assures Investors

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Biotechnology companies must have some certainty that they can protect their investment in the development of new breakthrough therapies for a substantial period of time. This protection helps companies secure much-needed venture capital funding, which is the lifeblood of the industry. A failure to include substantial data exclusivity would undermine incentives to invest in biomedical innovation and thus would slow progress in the development of breakthrough therapies to improve the health and lives of patients Read More >

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Big Ventures

It is rare to see triple digit millions in private financing rounds, but it does happen once or twice a year on average. In the headlines last week, was the largest triple digit VC round in years – the $160M in venture capital funding for Intarcia. With the simultaneous debt financing of $50M, the total funding round was $210M. Behind the deal were existing investors New Enterprise Associates, New Leaf Venture Partners and Venrock, plus Read More >

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Biotech IPOs

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The troubles in the biotech IPO market are complicated to explain to industry outsiders. They read about new biotechs debuting on the public market, but also hear bankers, VCs, and CEOs complaining about how the IPO window never really opened after 2008. The reality is that we are seeing positive developments and negative trends simultaneously. On the bright side, the cumulative number of IPOs is holding up. The recent pace of biotech IPOs mimics what Read More >

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It Takes a Village: The New Pharma-VC Model for Biotech Investing

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High-profile funding collaborations between pharmaceutical companies and traditional venture capital funds have made headlines in recent months, pooling resources and expertise in an attempt to source and develop the most successful drugs. BIO Executive Vice President Alan Eisenberg moderated It Takes a Village: The New Pharma-VC Model for Biotech Investing, a panel discussion about these new funding models, during the opening plenary session at the 2012 BIO Investor Forum. In the past, venture capital could Read More >

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