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Choose Your Own Adventure – The Private Biotech Crossroads

It is a known fact within the private company biopharma universe that the days of certainty for public exits, subsequent private financings, and even pharma licensing deals are over. IPOs have been out of favor for five years, venture firms are turning away from the sector, and fewer licensing deals are being cut. What is less understood about this uncertain environment is how it has forced management and their venture backers, to not only rethink Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum – Raring to Go: The Race to Treat Ultra-Rare Diseases

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The signing of FDASIA by President Obama in July reinforces the country’s commitment to fostering innovation for rare diseases. With a record 460 medicines in late-stage clinical trials, biopharmaceutical companies have embraced rare disease medicine and are rapidly developing the pipeline. In anticipation of an even more compelling opportunity, many companies are taking a step beyond and focusing on ultra rare diseases. Last week’s 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco hosted a panel, Raring Read More >

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Kinase Drug Development – Making Progress

The kinase inhibition field has had plenty of ups and downs and over the last decade, but when we take a look at recent approvals and NDA filings there seems to be a strengthening of the field. There are now 16 kinase inhibitors that have been approved and five seeking regulatory approval in the next few months. The last two years in particular has been a boom for the KIs, with seven approvals, three of which target Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum: The New Kids on the Biotech Block

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Where should biotech start-ups look for funding in the venture capital desert that is becoming the new normal? The panel The New Kids on the Biotech Block: Trends in Early-Stage Financing kicked off the 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum and focused on non-traditional early-stage investors and deal structures. Moderated by Jeron Eaves, a senior practice executive with Campbell Alliance, the panel highlighted companies that have secured financing from creative sources, like patient advocacy groups and venture Read More >

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Cancer Stem Cell Therapy: Real Or Just Hype?

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Also known as tumor-initiating cells, cancer stem cells (CSC) have unique capability endemic to stem cells of self-renewal and differentiation, thereby causing tumor relapse and/or metastatis. While traditional cancer treatments focus on tumor shrinkage, it’s a distinct possibility that these agents do not effectively destroy all of the CSCs, causing the tumor to reappear. The CSC theory is relatively new, so the treatment pipeline is still in its early stages. Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad, a contributor to Read More >

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