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VCs Eye Bargain IPOs as Option for New Investment

By Brian Orelli
BioWorld Insight Contributing Writer

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's become routine for current venture capital (VC) investors to buy additional shares when a biotech goes public. Initial public offerings (IPO) are no longer an exit strategy, but a further round of funding to get the insiders to the end game. The extra cash from insiders reduces the amount that needs to be raised, helps support the price and, with recent IPO pricing difficulty, has been a way for insiders to reduce their cost base.

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