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Just how big is $11 Billion? GILD Acquires VRUS

Seeing the markets open down 2% or more on a Monday morning feels like “business as usual” on Wall Street these days. What is not, is seeing the Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) shoot up 4.5% on the same day the markets are cratering. It is very rare these days to find any sector not correlating with the volatile downturns set off by debt laden countries around the globe. So what is behind the inverse correlation Read More >

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Public Exits and Virtual Biotechs – Dreams or Reality?

Here at the 10th Annual BIO Investor Forum, investors and CEOs are debating “all the options” for private companies. The first panel of the conference explored the backdoor entrance into public markets as chilly winds continue to blow through the latest IPO window. For the lunch plenary, panelists examined the option to go virtual and make capital efficiency a reality. Reverse Mergers It is no secret that the IPO market for biotechs has been tough. 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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Biotech IPO Window – Still Ajar?

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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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Biotech IPO Update for May 18th, 2011

There are now eight biotech IPOs for 2011, bringing the total for the recent US IPO window to 28. Post-IPO performance is finally picking up with the median return at +14% for these 28 IPOs. Advanced BioHealing was scheduled to IPO this week, but Shire (SHGPY) came in with a $750M offer to buy the company. Sagent Pharmaceuticals (SGNT) was the most recent IPO, back in April. Sagent is a specialty pharma company selling injectable Read More >

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