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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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Boosting Investment in Biotech

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The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness issued an interim report with suggestions to increase job creation and growth in the U.S., as well as plans for encouraging investment in the industry. Of particular interest to the biotech industry, the report offers suggestions for streamlining the FDA approval process. The report also outlines ideas for eliminating capital gains on investments of $25 million or less that are held for at least five years and recommends Read More >

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Biotech IPO Window – Still Ajar?

IPO plans for Quark Pharmaceuticals were officially put on hold last week as markets continue to drop and investors shy away from risk. This is the fifth IPO withdrawal since June. Ambit, Agendia and Clarus cited market reasons for their withdrawals, and Advanced BioHealing sought a higher valuation exit via acquisition. Only one biotech IPO, Horizon Pharma, has made it out in the last six months. Of the nine biotech IPOs so far in 2011, Read More >

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Want a less abundant and more expensive food supply? Rally against biotech

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As millions of Americans struggle during these tough economic times, one thing we don’t have to worry about is food. Because of the wonderful work of our farmers, ranchers and growers, people in the United States don’t have to worry about whether there’s enough to eat. A recent USDA study suggested that just six to seven percent of our paychecks goes to the grocery store. American consumers spend less for their groceries than virtually anybody Read More >

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