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From January to April 2017, we have seen promising financial indicators for both private and public life science companies.  On the venture side, Twist Biosciences announced a $33M raise which brings it to a total of $166M to date.  Cash can be a significant competitive advantage when building a company in highly transformative markets, like Synthetic biology, and Gene editing (e.g., using CRISPR).   Just last week, Two Pore Guys, a new company that has developed a hand-held nanopore sensor raised $24.5 M in a Series A round...

Networking and making new connections with people in our own area of expertise or across different fields is something we do all of the time. A common question is often, “what do you do?” Most of us answer with a flat, one size fits all statement like, in my case, “I do biotech executive search.”  When we do something like that, we miss out on potential meaningful connections with others.  But good news, Sam Horn thinks we can change that by giving the person you are speaking to the opportunity to share and relate with you in a n...

So far, the first quarter of 2017 is looking good for NewCo life science platform companies in Boston.  908 Devices, a Boston based pioneer of small and elegantly systems for chemical and biomolecule analysis, announced a sales partnership with Thermo Fisher to sell their ZipChip™ as a front-end to Thermo’s mass spectrometry (MS) instruments. They followed that up by closing a $20M growth equity round in March. RedShift BioAnalytics, based in Burlington, MA, completed a Series C raise of $11M with strategic investments from Water...

Are you interested in monitoring the US venture capital funding in our sector?  Look no further than PwC’s MoneyTree report. The company offers a quarterly report that breaks down deals by quarter, stages and venture capital outlook for the life science sector. The most recent report, Q316, indicates that venture capitalists invested $2.5 billion in 156 life science companies during the third quarter which was down from $3.0 billion in 210 deals during the same quarter of 2015. The silver lining was that the average deal size increase...

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