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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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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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Industry Growth Factor: Biologics

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Last week, EvaluatePharma released their updated sales and R&D outlook for the drug industry in their report “World Preview 2013, Outlook to 2018”. Among the 37 pages of data, one central take home message was that growth will return to the sector after a small dip in 2012. Behind this predicted comeback in sales growth is the rise of biologics products that continue to gain a larger percentage of total revenue. Consider the data below taken from Read More >

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Small Companies, Big Returns

The broader biotech indices are up more than 30 percent this year and have reached levels not seen since the peak of March 2000. Larger biotechs account for much of the index returns, as we have described previously, and have helped the sector outperform the S&P 500 by two fold. But how have smaller biotech companies been performing? As of Nov 30, 27 companies that started the year under $1 billion in market capitalization have Read More >

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Big Ventures

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It is rare to see triple digit millions in private financing rounds, but it does happen once or twice a year on average. In the headlines last week, was the largest triple digit VC round in years – the $160M in venture capital funding for Intarcia. With the simultaneous debt financing of $50M, the total funding round was $210M. Behind the deal were existing investors New Enterprise Associates, New Leaf Venture Partners and Venrock, plus Read More >

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