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Sizing up the NBI in 2011

How did the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) perform in 2011 relative to other sectors? Second place. Not so bad considering 2011 was the year of defense in the stock market. Like a page out of a textbook on defensive market plays, utilities edged out ahead with a +15% gain, followed by consumer staples with 11%. The NBI squeezed in between at 12%, just above the overall healthcare sector. Overall, the S&P500 was flat for the Read More >

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Biomedical Innovation: How the U.S. Can Stay Number One

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By Ross DeVol, chief research officer of the Milken Institute “The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation,” declared President Obama in his last State of the Union speech. A logical place to start is making sure that where we hold a lead, we keep it. Today, the U.S. has such a lead in biomedical innovation — the process of transforming scientific discoveries into vaccines, diagnostics, devices and therapies that improve and Read More >

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Just how big is $11 Billion? GILD Acquires VRUS

Seeing the markets open down 2% or more on a Monday morning feels like “business as usual” on Wall Street these days. What is not, is seeing the Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) shoot up 4.5% on the same day the markets are cratering. It is very rare these days to find any sector not correlating with the volatile downturns set off by debt laden countries around the globe. So what is behind the inverse correlation Read More >

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Reverse Mergers: A Company is Ready to Go Public, or it’s Not

The latest IPO window has stalled. There have been five IPO withdrawals since June and around 30 since 2005. Global macro events are threatening to completely shut it. Reverse mergers have become an increasingly popular option with eight transactions in the last year. Unfortunately, 47 percent of reverse mergers have decreased in value post-close since 2008. At the 2011 BIO Investor Forum, a panel of experts examined the current financing environment and what private executive Read More >

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Perspective on Market Valuation for Biotech Drug Developers

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Of the 300 publicly traded U.S. biotechs, 219 (73%) are developing drugs. The other 27% are working on molecular tools, diagnostics, biofuels, and other biotech endeavors. One question that is often asked with respect to drug-focused biotechs is: How big are they compared to traditional pharmaceutical companies? How many are valued as small start-ups vs large, or mid-size pharmas? It turns out that more than half the sector trades with a market valuation of less Read More >

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