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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

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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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Biotech IPOs

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The troubles in the biotech IPO market are complicated to explain to industry outsiders. They read about new biotechs debuting on the public market, but also hear bankers, VCs, and CEOs complaining about how the IPO window never really opened after 2008. The reality is that we are seeing positive developments and negative trends simultaneously. On the bright side, the cumulative number of IPOs is holding up. The recent pace of biotech IPOs mimics what 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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