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September 24 BioHaven Event Features Hotspots for Bioscience Funding

Tony Gibney

By Brita Belli

Tony Gibney ('93), who manages East Coast biopharmaceuticals for Leerink Swann, says Connecticut is a vibrant hub for biopharma, and that Yale is particularly positioned where industry is growing the fastest. On Sep 24, 4-6 pm at the Anlyan Center, Gibney is speaking at a BioHaven event called Today’s Bioscience Funding Environment: An Investment Banker’s Perspective cosponsored by the Yale Office of Cooperative Research and Connecticut United for Research Excellence. Targeted oncology he says is "dominating the biotech landscape." Other hotspots include specialty/orphan diseases, hepatitis C and autoimmune diseases.

What investors are looking for today, Gibney says, is research that "translates information from the genetic boom of 15 years ago to understand how disease mechanisms work and turns it into therapeutic results." He adds that Yale is at the forefront of genetics and personalized medicine, citing success stories likes Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Achillion Pharmaceuticals, both companies that emerged from patented Yale research.

Gibney says Leerink turned its focus to investment banking five years ago, and the company’s core area of market share and expertise is in drugs and therapeutics. His talk will cover: what investment bankers in healthcare do; what deals are working; and how companies can capitalize on what’s happening and find financing. He’ll also cover the long-term financing prospects in light of Obamacare and "how we can adapt to downstream pricing pressures."

BioHaven: Today's Bioscience Funding Environment: An Investment Banker's Perspective with Tony Gibney. Tue, Sep 24, 4-6 pm The Anlyan Center Auditorium, 300 Cedar St, New Haven. Free. Includes networking and refreshments. Register here. The BioHaven Entrepreneurship Series is cosponsored by the Yale Office of Cooperative Research and Connecticut United for Research Excellence.

**Special Note: On Tue, Sep 24, 1-4 pm before the BioHaven event, Margaret Cartiera, a venture capital investment representative from Connecticut Innovations is hosting free office hours at the Anlyan Center, Room 213. She welcomes venture ideas from all industry areas at any stage of development. Interested faculty, postdocs, or students can contact Margaret directly at margaret.cartiera@ctinnovations.com.

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