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The Investment Landscape in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil has been at the forefront of biotech news recently, with China announcing plans to invest $250B and the recently signed Joint Communique with the U.S. government reaffirming their commitment to strengthening traditional ties, expand trade, and investment cooperation. Brazil is now one of the most attractive and promising biotech markets in the world—human health, agribusiness, raw materials and environmental—and investing in Brazil has become a new priority. Rather than leave innovation financing solely to Read More >

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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

Biotech Hall of Fame

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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