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Attacks on Venture Philanthropy Miss Mark Badly

Jim Greenwood

In a highly problematic op-ed in today’s New York Times, freelance journalist Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones attacked venture philanthropy and patient foundation funding of medical research, which has become a valuable source of funding for diseases which may not otherwise receive research dollars. Venture philanthropy organizations bring a singular focus and drive to the process of getting promising therapies from the laboratory bench to the patient as quickly and efficiently as possible, bringing hope – and results – to Read More >

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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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