Scrip is part of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use. For high-quality copies or electronic reprints for distribution to colleagues or customers, please call +44 (0) 20 3377 3183

Printed By


Best of the Blog, START-UP, September 2009

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Some of our favorite blog posts about topics not covered elsewhere in this issue of Start-Up. (See the original postings for free at

You may also be interested in...

For a Look at IPO Future, Follow the Follow-On?

Three recent IPOs have stoked hopes that a broader IPO market may emerge. The market for follow-on public offerings though says more about a potential IPO resurgence than these recent debuts.

Call the Plumber: PIPE Logic is Leaky

Extraordinary times for capital markets have made cheap public biotechs attractive to venture investors. These private investments in public equity (PIPEs) are seen by some as a lifeline to a troubled and undervalued sector, and many VCs are considering significant public investments. But few deals are likely to get done as venture funds set a high bar for investment, regardless of fire-sale prices. Recipients of large PIPE deals may indeed provide venture-like returns for private investors, but an analysis of these financings shows why they are the exceptions that prove the rule.

The Price is Wrong: Finding Alternatives to Traditional IPOs

Biotech IPO pricing is fraught with more uncertainty than ever before, say some private investors and executives. It's worth seriously considering the alternatives. Start-Up takes a look at what is wrong with IPO pricing and how alternatives such as reverse mergers, M&A, or Dutch auction IPOs can improve biotech valuations.

Related Content


Related Companies

Related Deals




Ask The Analyst

Please Note: Click here for more information on the Ask the Analyst service.

Your question has been successfully sent to the email address below and we will get back as soon as possible. my@email.address.

All fields are required.

Please make sure all fields are completed.

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please enter a valid e-mail address

Please enter a valid Phone Number

Ask your question to our analysts