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Beyond Biotech M&A: What Comes Thereafter
September 22, 2016

This post was written by Samantha Truex, former CBO of Padlock Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Biotech M&A is all the rage these days. Allergan has acquired four small companies in the past couple

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Re-Balancing Immunity via Regulatory T Cell Potentiation: Introducing Delinia
September 20, 2016

This blog is written by Michael Gladstone, Principal at Atlas, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Charles de Gaulle once asked, “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” But that might seem

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Potential Silver Lining Of Pharma Price Pressure: More Biotech Deal-making?
September 14, 2016

The maelstrom around drug pricing has continued its fury over the past month, which has led to considerable volatility in the biopharma stock market. Investor fears of draconian price controls that will eliminate the return of investment from innovative pharmaceutical

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Innovators vs Exploiters: Drug Pricing And The Future Of Pharma
August 29, 2016

Pharmaceutical pricing got thrown onto the front page again last week, causing the expected anaphylactic reactions among politicians, practitioners, and parents. The root of this crisis: Epipen’s 600% price increase over the past eight years. The biannual upticks underlying that

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Setting Up A US Biotech Subsidiary: Cambridge, Old England To Cambridge, New England
August 23, 2016

This post was written by Ros Deegan, CBO of Bicycle Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Sail-away It’s January on a ship in the South Pacific. Instead of enjoying hula and coconuts, I’m struggling to

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Digital Health: The Convergence Of Consumer Devices And Clinical Applications
August 19, 2016

This post was written by Adam Rosenberg, CEO of Rodin Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Those of us in biotech tend to focus our attention on drug discovery and development, but it is also

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Birth: An Epic Day Of Bacterial Invasion
August 18, 2016

This post was written by JC Gutierrez-Ramos, CEO of Synlogic, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. When I was a graduate student, I listened to the famous developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert say, “It is not birth

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The Odd Juxtaposition In Biotech Venture Capital: Delivering Returns Amidst Sliding Market Share
August 1, 2016

Biotech has been one of the hottest sectors in the venture capital asset class over the past few years. Strong IPO and M&A markets have put wind in the sails of the space since 2012, and robust investment activity has

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Biotech’s Paradox: A Robustly Valued, Highly Active, And Seemingly Terrible IPO Market
July 14, 2016

After five very strong years, biotech as a sector has struggled to catalyze positive investor sentiment so far for the past twelve months. In a disastrous start to the year, the NASDAQ Biotech Index shed 30% in just the first

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Stem Cell Gene Therapists: History, Hyperbole And Hope For The Future
July 7, 2016

This post was written by Jason Gardner, Atlas EIR and CEO of Magenta Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. A new type of medicine was approved in Europe at the end of May that culminated

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Life After The Street: Why Biotech Is Winning Over Wall Street Talent
July 5, 2016

This blog was written by Ron Renaud, CEO of RaNA Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. About three weeks ago, I attended a dinner organized by a good friend and former sell-side competitor, Dr. Yaron

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Biotech BD Transactions: The Soft Stuff
June 27, 2016

This blog was written by Samantha Truex, former CBO of Padlock Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. I grew up in a setting where “continuous improvement” and “total quality management” were household terms, as unusual

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