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Working Around Pre-Emption Rights

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Europe's pre-emption rights significantly hamper biotech fundraising. But since they're unlikely to go away, European firms are having to find clever ways around them.

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Europe's investment environment has forced much of the biotech sector to morph into specialty pharma. The situation isn't likely to change fast. Executives had best adapt, rather than complain.

European Biotech Is Specialty Pharma

Europe's investment environment has forced much of the biotech sector to morph into specialty pharma. The situation isn't likely to change fast. Executives had best adapt, rather than complain.

The US: To Go, or Not to Go?

Whether or not European biotechs should establish operations in the US may seem like a no brainer: it's the biggest drugs market, with more potential partners, better funding, more promising exits for investors and a more experienced management pool than Europe. But getting there-and getting noticed-isn't easy. And since most executives agree that going to the US half-heartedly isn't worthwhile, Europe's biotechs need to think hard about when and whether they're ready to go. For a minority, setting up in the US may not be the right solution-for now.

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