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2014 BIO Investor Forum Fireside Chat with Nick Leschly and Chris Collins

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Nick Leschly has served as bluebird bio’s president and chief executive officer since September 2010. Previously, he served as interim chief executive officer from March 2010 to September 2010. Formerly a partner of Third Rock Ventures, L.P. since its founding in 2007, Mr. Leschly played an integral role in the overall formation, development and business strategy of several of Third Rock’s portfolio companies, including Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Edimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Third Read More >

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Blurred Lines: Investors Explain Their Re-Thinking of Traditional Private-Only or Public-Only Investment Strategies

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The recent expansion and acceleration of the biotech stock market has seen a new willingness and in some cases eagerness to pursue crossover investing in firms pre- and post-IPO. Venture capitalists have become less dogmatic about funding stage and equity share when positive returns seem nearly guaranteed and investment banks are engaging in discussions with entrepreneurs earlier than ever. Relatedly, corporate venture capital executives’ missions have broadened to consider more diverse forms of collaboration than Read More >

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Gene Therapies Discussed at 2014 BIO Investor Forum

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Since the great excitements and disappointments of gene therapy’s first clinical era, the 1990s, researchers have revised traditional approaches and developed innovative new techniques, including CRISPR/cas-9, to edit genes with greater speed and precision than ever before.  Across a wide range of diseases, gene therapy is showing traction with fresh clinical results and attracting more than $600 million in venture capital in the past two years.  However, real challenges remain in delivery of therapies in Read More >

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Electroceuticals and Digital Drug Delivery: Neurological Stimulation and Beyond

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Some of the most experienced executives in biotechnology have begun asking themselves, “Can we foresee the day of diminishing returns from research in traditional molecular biology?” These researchers are investigating alternative modalities of providing therapy that would combine electronic sensing with drug delivery or even stimulating the body through electricity alone to produce a desired response. These “electroceutical,” or “bioelectronics,” approaches have produced exciting results in early clinical trials, particularly related to insulin control and Read More >

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Biotech CEOs Talk JOBS Act and IPO Experiences at 2014 BIO Investor Forum

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The JOBS Act has contributed to a dramatic acceleration in new biotech IPOs since its passage, with nearly a tripling in the rate of companies going public in the industry. By changing how entrepreneurs can access and communicate with investors earlier in the process, the JOBS Act has fundamentally shifted how CEOs of discovery-driven companies must spend their time dealing with internal versus external priorities. Yesterday at the 2014 BIO Investor Forum, a panel of Read More >

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