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Mike Ward

London, UK
Mike has been writing, analysing and commenting on the life sciences industry for more than 30 years as a journalist and investment bank analyst. He has focused on business models, R&D strategies and how to finance innovation, and is often called upon by the industry's key stakeholders to provide thought leadership. In 2010 he was named European Mediscience Commentator of the Year and has appeared on the shortlist for that award on numerous occasions. When not commentating on all things pharma, Mike is engaged actively in pub quizzes, either as a competitor or a compiler. He is also a qualified FA soccer coach.
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Vericel: Rebooting A Failing Business With Unloved Assets

Following the acquisition of cell therapy assets from Sanofi, which Sanofi had secured in its purchase of Genzyme, Aastrom Biosciences changed its name to Vericel, doubled down in cell therapy and relocated to Massachusetts. Since then it has seen its revenues grow 12% per year from just under $43 million in 2013 to just under $64 million in 2017. The target for 2020: drive revenues north of $100 million.

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Artios Pharma Hooks Novartis & Pfizer In Over-Subscribed £65M Series B Round

With DNA damage repair pathways attracting a lot of attention as potential targets against various cancers, three-year old Artios Pharma has raised £65 million in an over-subscribed Series B round to fund the clinical development of its pipeline through to 2023.
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Pre-Brexit: UK Biotechs Still Dominate European Fundraising

Using data provided by Informa Pharma Intelligence, the UK BioIndustry Association reports that UK biotechs continue to take the lion's share of European fundraising.

 

Europe Analysis

Record Breaking First Half For Start-Ups Raising Cash In Europe

The first half of 2018 appeared promising for the European biopharma sector, with multiple large investment funds promising cash to young, innovative companies in the region – a turnaround after years of life science firms suffering from a funding drought across Europe.

Growth Financing

Forbion Sees First Close Of New Biotech Fund At €270M In Record Time

With its 2015 third fund Forbion Capital III yielding an internal rate of about 65% and already returning 60% of the money it drew down back to investors, it is probably no surprise that Forbion exceeded its €250M target for its predominantly Europe-focused Forbion IV fund within two months of marketing.

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