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Executive Summary

A look at twenty European biotech companies' cash holdings as a percentage of their market values. Thanks to strengthening investor sentiment in European biotech, certain firms are enjoying bumper years, while others continue to slump with market caps below the value of their cash holdings.

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The flotation of UK biotech Ark Therapeutics, likely followed closely by Switzerland's Basilea, suggest Europe's public markets are waking up. It's too early, as yet, to call the IPO window open, though. And the string of European hopefuls monitoring Ark's progress and hoping to follow in its wake will have to contend with investors who are far more discerning than during the last upturn. Late-stage products remain attractive, but there are few fixed rules.

More Funding Options for European biotech

The flotation of UK biotech Ark Therapeutics, likely followed closely by Switzerland's Basilea, suggest Europe's public markets are waking up. It's too early, as yet, to call the IPO window open, though. And the string of European hopefuls monitoring Ark's progress and hoping to follow in its wake will have to contend with investors who are far more discerning than during the last upturn. Late-stage products remain attractive, but there are few fixed rules.

OGS: Going, Going, Gone

OGS-once one of European biotech's leading players-recently sold to compatriot Celltech for less than cash value. The deal shows that in the current climate, even bidding wars don't always push up acquisition prices, and cash remains king.

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