Traditional wisdom holds that biotechnology companies benefit from collaborations with their larger pharmaceutical peers, which can help validate a company’s technology, provide capital to help fund clinical development, and enable access to experienced clinical, regulatory and commercial infrastructure. While this was certainly true in the early days of biotechnology, the industry has now matured – … Read moreTo Partner, or Not to Partner: That is the Question
In March 2009, we asked the question “Where Might Genentech Investors Redeploy $47 Billion?” in response to the news that Roche Holding AG (RHHBY.PK) would acquire the outstanding publicly held interest in Genentech for a total payment of approximately $47 billion in cash. We hypothesized that investors seeking biotechnology companies of comparable size and liquidity … Read moreMerger Means Billions for Biotechnology?
* MD Becker Partners reporting live from the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference This week, nearly 6,500 registrants gathered in San Francisco, California for the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference to hear 25-minute presentations from 338 life science companies. For industry executives and investors, the annual event serves as a good barometer for the rest of the … Read moreBiotech Deal Activity Declines…The Pause that Refreshes?
Following a spate of high profile clinical setbacks and regulatory delays that sent the sector into a tailspin during the final week of February 2009 (see prior column), investors shrugged off further disappointing clinical news as merger and acquisition activity helped biotechnology stocks stage a partial recovery last week. The NASDAQ Biotech Index (NBI) gained … Read moreWhere Might Genentech Investors Redeploy $47 Billion?
After a brief bout of euphoria during the early portion of the decade, the biotechnology industry, as measured by the Amex Biotech Index (BTK), was shunned by investors for the better part of the 1990’s. The BTK, which was established with a benchmark value of 200 on October 18, 1991, declined by 50% to nearly … Read more2009: Positive Perspectives for Biotechnology