With Adversity Comes Opportunity

As mentioned in a previous post, the financing environment for pre-revenue life science companies is challenging. The IPO window is closed, and venture capitalists have become more stingy about deploying capital. Unfortunately, some start-ups will be unable to find financing and will fold. According to BIO, ten biotech companies have already gone bankrupt since November of last year. About a third of publicly traded biotech firms have less than 6 months of cash on their balance sheets. I hate to encourage taking advantage of others misfortune, but for those who survive and have cash, opportunities to pick up valuable assets for very little may abound. Keep an eye on bankruptcy filings. Unfortunately, the DowJones Bankruptcy Review requires a subscription, but the WSJ Bankruptcy Beat might be viable a free alternative.

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