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Venture Capital Trends

Venture Capital Trends

With industry data and numbers, results are always a mixed bag, says David Thomas, BIO’s Director of Industry Research & Analysis – and the latest on venture capital trends is no exception. In the U.S., biotech VC funding is flat, and start-up money is drying up. According to the National Venture Capital Association (NCVA), U.S. VC funding for biotech fell to $4.1 billion in 2012 (figure 1). This 17% drop was greater than the 10% Read More >

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Biotech Hall of Fame: Interview with Biotech’s First Investment Banker

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to discuss biotech’s storied history with Fred Frank, one of the industry’s greatest luminaries, on what we can learn from the past to help shape the future. Fred Frank, formerly Vice Chairman of both Lehman Brothers Inc. and Peter J. Solomon Company, recently became Vice Chairman of Burrill & Company and Chairman of Burrill Securities, the broker dealer arm of Burrill & Company. He was the first life 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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It Takes a Village: The New Pharma-VC Model for Biotech Investing

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High-profile funding collaborations between pharmaceutical companies and traditional venture capital funds have made headlines in recent months, pooling resources and expertise in an attempt to source and develop the most successful drugs. BIO Executive Vice President Alan Eisenberg moderated It Takes a Village: The New Pharma-VC Model for Biotech Investing, a panel discussion about these new funding models, during the opening plenary session at the 2012 BIO Investor Forum. In the past, venture capital could Read More >

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Venture Capital increases in 2011, but…

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has released their 4Q 2011 numbers for biotech venture financing in the US. The report echoes the global numbers already out from BioCentury and BioWorld – a boost in investment for 2011. The take away, however, is not the total amount, but 1) the drop in the total number of biotech deals, and 2) the drop in start-up, early-stage deals from 2010. The total number of deals near 447 was down Read More >

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