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Labeling Foes: Fight if You Want, But We’ve Got to Feed the World

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There were still millions of votes left to be counted in California when advocates for biotech labeling admitted defeat, but vowed to rise from the ashes and take their fight to the national level. Twenty-four hours had barely gone by when the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee – among others – were reporting that biotech opponents still wanted to fight. The Yes on 37 campaign accused our side of using “dirty money Read More >

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BayBio Op-ed featured in Xconomy

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Gail Maderis, President & CEO of BayBio, recently discussed the strength of Northern California’s biotechnology industry and the BIO Investor Forum in Xconomy: With more than 850 biotechnology companies, the Bay Area is the oldest, largest and most productive life sciences cluster in the world, employing more than 125,000 people in the region. For more than 30 years, this region has led the world in researching and delivering new cures and treatments for debilitating diseases 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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How does the NBI perform in the last quarter of the year?

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Does the NASDAQ Biotech Index (NBI) outperform the broader market in the last three months of the year, or underperform? The NBI tends to be up in the 4th quarter, but a lot of that has to do with the overall market, not the biotechs. Here are the returns for the last quarter of the year for the last 20 years: (source: Factset) When looking directly at overall performance, biotech and the broader market have had good Read More >

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A Start-Up Model Worthy of Consideration

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Biotech LLCs are getting a lot of attention lately, and perhaps rightfully so. The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Gormley recently talked to Albert L. Sokol, a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer, about the two venture-backed biotechs – Forma Therapeutics and Viamet Pharmaceuticals – that he helped convert to LLCs. In the WSJ article – Biotech Start-Ups See Benefits from Changing Structure, Lawyer Says – Sokol describes the benefits to start-ups and their venture investors, as Read More >

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