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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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Biotech IPO Boom or Bubble? The Opening Plenary at the BIO Investor Forum

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With 31 (and counting) life sciences companies having already placed IPOs on the market within the first 8 months of this year and many others lining up for S-1 filings, biotech is buzzing about a revival of the IPO market. Is it a bubble? David Thomas, director of Industry Research and Analysis at BIO took up these questions during the opening plenary lunch of the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum. What’s his short answer? Not Read More >

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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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The Return of the Biotech IPO

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It isn’t just the volume of IPOs this summer that makes this window a victory for hibernating private biotechs and their VC backers, it’s the details of the offerings in terms of price, performance, and type of biotech making the leap onto the public stage. For the last five years we have not seen average offering prices land above expectations, but 2013 is breaking that trend. Price performance is also impressive, with a number of Read More >

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