This is a working list of resources that can be helpful in learning about the biotech industry. These resources are primarily business oriented. I will continue to add things to this list as I have time. Feel free to contact me if you think anything should be added!
News sources and blogs
Free Daily Biopharma News Feeds
- LifeSciVC / Bruce Booth
- Bruce is a partner at Atlas Ventures, a leading early-stage VC that specializes in starting companies from scratch in house.
- One of the few life science VCs that actively blogs.
- Lots of insightful industry commentary and detailed walkthroughs of the investment rationale for Atlas companies.
- In The Pipeline / Derek Lowe
- Industry commentary from a big pharma drug discovery / med chem perspective.
- One of the first scientists to blog while employed by a large biopharma company.
- "Street smart" practical perspectives on the challenges of drug discovery.
- Biotech Strategy Blog
- Good in-depth articles, often with a more technical bent.
- Paywall for much of the content.
Financial and Business Information
- I maintain a 2018 bio startup funding tracker to track VC investments, IPOs and M&A deals.
- Basic sources for information about companies include their websites, Google Finance / Yahoo Finance, and general googling.
- One of the best ways to quickly learn about a business is by reviewing their investor presentation. For public companies, google "[company name] + investor presentation", or go on their website to the Investor Relations (or similar name) tab and look for "presentations".
- If you have access to a university library, equity research reports are a good way to learn more about a publicly traded company or for industry overviews. Ask your library how to access equity research.
- For more technical financial resources, look at a company's SEC filings in the EDGAR database. These documents are the primary source for public company financial info. Key documents are 10K reports (annual report), 10Q (quarterly report), and S1/424B4 (documents related to stock offerings like IPOs).
Clinical and Regulatory Resources
- Clinicaltrials.gov: public database of clinical trials with summary protocols, study aims, inclusion / exclusion criteria, investigators, sites, endpoints, enrollment targets, etc. (unfortunately usually not results!).
- FDA Orange Book has a list of FDA-approved drugs and patents related to the drugs.
- FDA website contains guidance documents for IND submissions, study design, development plans, manufacturing and quality, etc. for a variety of drug types. Also contains review documents for many drugs and other important info.
- Prescribing information / drug labels contain useful information about a drug including the indications it is approved to treat. When FDA approves a drug it issues a label that outlines the characteristics of the drug and approved uses. To find these, just google "[drug name] + prescribing information".
- FDA Advisory Committee meetings are public meetings where FDA convenes a panel of experts to provide guidance related to an important issue. Minutes of the meeting are published, as well as the FDA's presentation. These are not available for every drug or indication, but contain a lot of great background info, detailed technical info and can provide insight into how FDA makes decisions.