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Looking Ahead to the 2014 BIO Investor Forum, Biotech IPO Hopefuls Continue to Seek Funding

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As mentioned in Fierce Biotech, a new crop of biotech IPO hopefuls have recently thrown their hats into the ring. These three biotechs are targeting $175M in IPO cash, hoping to secure funding for oncology, pain, and rare diseases. In fact, there have been 96 IPOs since the passage of the JOBS Act in April of 2012. One important provision of the Act is the ability for emerging growth companies to conduct “testing the waters” meetings with Read More >

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Lots of Buzz at the BIO Investor Forum

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Thirty-eight biotech IPO’s this year. The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index is up 50 percent YTD.  Are we in a boom or a bubble? At the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum,  that was the question on everybody’s mind. Nearly 600 biotech industry leaders, investors, and reporters gathered in San Francisco to find business partners, make connections, and hear our panelists discuss everything from Crowdfunding, the GAIN Act, the JOBS Act, and, of course, the booming IPO markets. Read More >

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GAIN Act: A Great First Step

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With over 2 million infections – and 23,000 deaths – caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria each year in the US, everyone agrees there is an urgent need to find new, effective antibiotic therapies. One measure designed to spur such development is the Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now (GAIN) Act, signed into law last year. Given the growing threat posed by resistant bacteria, we decided to hold a workshop with leading experts about what effect the GAIN Read More >

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Crowdfunding in Health Care and Biotechnology

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Smaller private companies are constantly in search of capital, but many find it difficult to navigate the step between a “friends and family” round or one with angels and an initial venture round. Crowdfunding has been used in a limited number of examples for life sciences companies, but where is this pathway heading? How should a company look at opportunities for crowdfunding? During the 12th annual BIO Investor Forum, a CEO moderator, Nicholas Franano of Novita Read More >

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The New Road to IPO in the Age of the JOBS Act

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Not surprisingly, sessions discussing the topic of IPOs at this year’s BIO Investor Forum, tend to fill the room. Furthermore, it should surprise no one that this year’s IPO discussions were upbeat. That is mostly attributable to the dramatically higher number of IPOs that have already occurred this year. Furthermore, according to Jeff Baumel, moderator of a panel covering this very topic, deals are closing faster this year – with a median time of just Read More >

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