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Planning, Preparing and Positioning for Successful Investor Meetings

Posted on October 1st, 2021. Posted by

Investor meetings are essential for managing and expanding your shareholder base. They provide investors with clarity on a company’s story and can allow you to gauge potential investor concerns, but most importantly, they provide management the opportunity to control the story being told to investors.

The buy side often views a meeting with management as a critical component in their due diligence process. Even in the wake of increased scrutiny from SEC regulators regarding Reg FD, these meetings give the buy side more insight into a company story, recent developments, and potential headwinds.

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Challenges and Opportunities In Early-Stage Biotech Funding

Posted on September 23rd, 2021. Posted by

Challenges and Opportunities In Early-Stage Biotech Funding

The biotech market has been growing rapidly over the past two decades, and is expected to be worth nearly $2.5 trillion by 2028. Meanwhile, the pace of technological developments and innovation have reduced barriers to entry, leading to an influx of aspiring biotech startups eager to bring their products to market. But despite the increase in available capital, early-stage biotech companies are battling harder for their share of funding. In this article, we explore the challenges, strategies, and best practices in early-stage biotech funding.

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The 10 Must-Dos for an Effective Biotech Investor Plan

Posted on September 7th, 2021. Posted by

10 Biotech Must Dos

Why would anyone invest in a biotech or biopharma company? After all, most are development-stage companies based on complicated science that consume cash voraciously, have no revenue or earnings, and need to sell a dream that could be years away from commercialization.

The risks are enormous. Yet they attract investors because the payoff can be huge. Here are the 10 must-do items that all public biotech companies should address in an effective IR program in order to attract the right investors.

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Corporate Presentation

Posted on September 1st, 2021. Posted by

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Corporate Presentation

While not all investor meetings require a walk through of your company’s slide deck, meetings with potential new shareholders almost always start with the investor presentation. To ensure that your audience fully appreciates your story, it’s key that your IR deck be clear, concise, and compelling.

Here are 5 tips for refreshing your IR deck to ensure your company’s story and opportunity is properly conveyed:

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7 Tips for a Successful Crisis Simulation

Posted on August 24th, 2021. Posted by

7 tips for a successful crisis simulation

Just as schools and businesses run occasional fire drills, your company should periodically pressure test your crisis communications plan. To truly understand if and how the plan will work, your management team and employees need to see how your strategy will play out in a realistic scenario. 

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Make the Most of Investor Conferences

Posted on August 17th, 2021. Posted by

Investor conferences offer an effective platform — and a variety of opportunities — for you to tell your story to investors. During the course of the day you may connect with at least a dozen investors and possibly as many as several hundred. What could be better than that?

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Fine-Tune Your Investor Deck for Success, Part II

Posted on August 10th, 2021. Posted by

It’s fair to believe that your business’s strategy and your leadership team’s ability to execute that plan will dictate your fate with investors. More often, however, it’s how those strategies and results are communicated — especially within the investor presentation — that have the most impact on a company’s credibility.

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Fine-Tune Your Investor Deck for Success, Part I

Posted on August 3rd, 2021. Posted by

Whether for a one-on-one at a conference or an IPO road show, your corporate presentation is a critical piece of your investor relations strategy. A PowerPoint deck may seem trivial compared to the entirety of your enterprise, but the investor presentation remains one of the most tangible and effective tools for building (and losing) investor trust and engagement.

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Developing Your Company’s Crisis Communications Plan: 5 Critical Steps

Posted on July 22nd, 2021. Posted by

Developing Your Company's Crisis Communications Plan 5 Critical Steps

No matter how careful you are as a company, you can quickly find yourself in the center of a crisis you didn’t expect. When that crisis disrupts operations or threatens the reputation of the company, you must act swiftly but carefully.

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What is an 8K and how do you read one?

Posted on July 8th, 2021. Posted by

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What is an 8-K?

Form 8-K, also known as an 8K, is a form that is filed by public companies to notify their shareholders and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) when an unscheduled material event takes place. In other words, it’s an announcement that a major event or corporate change that may be of interest to investors, has occurred. Form 8K is known as a “current report” and is filed in addition to an annual report on Form 10-K and a quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

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Have News to Release?

Find out whether you should file a Form 8-K, issue a press release, or do both by using our easy-to-reference chart, “Form 8K vs. Press Release: What’s the Difference?

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