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Biotech IPO Boom or Bubble? The Opening Plenary at the BIO Investor Forum

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With 31 (and counting) life sciences companies having already placed IPOs on the market within the first 8 months of this year and many others lining up for S-1 filings, biotech is buzzing about a revival of the IPO market. Is it a bubble? David Thomas, director of Industry Research and Analysis at BIO took up these questions during the opening plenary lunch of the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum. What’s his short answer? Not Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum to Showcase NSF-funded Companies

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No risk, no reward—that’s the concept driving the startups and entrepreneurs scheduled to present at next week’s 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum as a part of the newly-announced National Science Foundation (NSF) track of presenting companies. Expanding on the success of the Discovery Track Presentations, the 2013 BIO Investor Forum will feature a dedicated track of 10 NSF-funded companies focused on drug discovery, diagnostics and other related technologies. The companies are supported by the NSF Small Read More >

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Putting Patients First: Paving a Path to Useful CER

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Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has the potential to improve health outcomes by helping people make better-informed decisions. But how do we know that CER will generate information that is useful? On September 30, in Washington, DC, you can be part of a conversation featuring a broad range of health care stakeholders—patients, providers, policymakers, payers, researchers, and those who fund research–by participating in an effort led by the National Health Council to create a framework to Read More >

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2013 BIO Convention in China Facilitates East-West Partnering in Biotech

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Now in its third year, the BIO Convention in China will be held November 11-13, 2013 in Beijing, China. A sister event to the BIO International Convention, BIO China will bring together executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and investment firms from North America, Europe and Asia to meet and explore business opportunities in China, where the Rx market is poised to grow to $315 billion in 2020. For Western companies and investors looking to capitalize Read More >

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12th Annual BIO Investor Forum Presenting Companies Announced

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Looking to lose a few pounds? Don’t want to diet or exercise? You’re not alone: fully one-third of Americans are obese, and many companies are trying to discover the first blockbuster diet drug and make a dent in the obesity epidemic. We’ll hear from one of those companies next month at the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum, taking place October 8-9th in San Francisco. Cambridge-based Zafgen is hoping to bring to market their first-in-class obesity Read More >

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