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Haves and Have Nots in Biotech Venture Capital

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Recent data from the BIO Industry Analysis team tells a story of “haves and have-nots” in US biopharma venture capital. Three key findings were discussed Wednesday at the 14th Annual BIO Investor Forum. The first finding from the recent study is that funding of therapeutic companies is strong for late rounds (Series B and above), but weak for Series A. Although total levels of venture funding have been climbing recently, the majority of the increase is from late rounds. Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Closes with Record Attendance

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The 14th Annual BIO Investor Forum wrapped up in San Francisco yesterday, having exceeded all previous attendance and participation records. The energy and buzz around #BIF15 is another sign of the continued strength and resilience of the biotech industry. This year’s forum brought together over 900 registered attendees and 175 presenting companies, facilitating 1700 meetings between investors and senior management for emerging and established biotechnology companies. Scott Whitaker, President of the BIO International Convention and Read More >

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Fireside Chat: “Everything we knew in science 10 years ago is wrong.”

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The speed of scientific innovation these days is comparable to the PC innovation era of the 1980s, according to Robert Nelsen of ARCH Venture Partners at today’s BIO Investor Forum fireside chat. This is not to say that he feels investing in biopharma is a short term game. Robert urged the audience to “keep their faith” in good science and the “good ideas will percolate up” to yield innovative breakthroughs. Having played a significant role Read More >

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Stretching Your Dollar: Methods and Tools for Increasing the Productivity of Clinical Trials

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Recent Tufts data show clinical trials typically take nearly twice as long to complete enrollment as predicted at launch and 48% of trial sites miss enrollment targets.  Delays in trials shrink the returns from patent exclusivity and increase R&D costs.  New methods such as adaptive and batch trial designs, as well as explosive growth in digital tools, such as Apple’s ResearchKit, have transformed the trial design choices available.  These innovations, and others, provide new levers Read More >

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Fireside Chat: James Noble Says Go for IPO

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“Go for it,” was the parting advice James Noble, CEO and co-founder of Adaptimmune, had for pre-IPO biotech companies attending today’s BIO Investor Forum fireside chat. But, he said, be prepared for scrutiny from all sides… and mountains of paperwork. James co-founded Adaptimmune, a clinical-stage immunotherapy biopharmaceutical company, in July of 2008. At that time he was also part-time CEO of Immunocore, also a clinical-stage company engaged in T-cell receptor researches and develop. From this Read More >

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