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The ICR Westwicke Blog is designed to deliver information and insights into the ever-changing world of healthcare communications.

Health Policy Outlook – 3 Dynamic Sectors to Watch in 2023

Posted on December 12th, 2022. Posted by

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Healthcare continues to change at breakneck speed. Some of that change is clearly linked to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but other factors — politics, the courts, research, regulatory decisions, supply chain issues, a looming recession — are poised to have an outsized influence on an industry that has already undergone a radical transformation. What’s in store for healthcare and health policy in 2023? We took a look at a few critical areas. 

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How to Succeed at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Posted on December 6th, 2022. Posted by

The J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is a few weeks away, and just about every management team and major investor in the industry understands the crucial role this conference plays in bringing all sides together. Simply put, there is no more important single event of the year within the world of healthcare investing.

However, this year will be different in San Francisco, not only from the standpoint of increased in-person attendance, but also much has changed in the equity markets over the last 12 months. With the NYSE and NASDAQ reflecting negative returns for 2022, the IPO market has seen a significant pullback in activity – down more than 80% from the new issue volume in 2021.  These factors have led investors to become more cautious with an increased level of due diligence related to both new and existing investments.

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Best Practices for Earnings Call Preparation

Posted on November 14th, 2022. Posted by

Best Practices for Earnings Call Preparation

While every quarter is different, the “playbook” for preparing senior management for a successful earnings conference call is largely the same. Specifically, the best prepared CEOs and CFOs follow a set of key strategic and tactical steps designed to bring them through a review of all the essential elements pertinent to the investment community’s analysis of quarterly earnings. In short, CEOs and CFOs that have allocated adequate time to understanding the results, in the context of both internal and external expectations, and are capable of addressing all possible topics with ease and transparency, will succeed. Drafting the conference call script is just one piece of this important process. Below, we walk you through these best practices of an effective earnings call.

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Biotech Investment Trends: Perspectives from the Sell Side

Posted on October 25th, 2022. Posted by

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After a significant biotech boom over the last few years, the market has quieted. What does that mean for companies that want to pursue an IPO, and what are banks and analysts looking for in potential investments? 

To gain perspective on the current biotech investment landscape and sector outlook, ICR Westwicke recently hosted a webinar, “ICR Healthcare Symposium: Biotech Investment Landscape – Sell-Side Perspective.” During the event, ICR Westwicke’s Chris Brinzey and Brandon Weiner spoke with Josh Schimmer, Evercore ISI fundamental research analyst, and Andrew Tsai, Jefferies analyst, about the latest investment trends in biotech and how companies considering an IPO can position themselves for a favorable investment profile.  

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The ‘Innovator’s Burden’: How to combat skepticism in healthcare as a first-of-its-kind company

Posted on September 26th, 2022. Posted by

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From new treatments and technologies to platforms and diagnostics, we may be living through the greatest period of innovation in the history of healthcare. The biopharma industry’s efforts to rapidly develop multiple safe and efficacious life-saving vaccines for the Covid-19 pandemic is just the latest example of the collective appreciation for innovation and its ability to impact human health. While the industry loves true innovations—and the brilliant minds who envision them—being an innovator is not for the faint of heart.

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5 Benefits of Proper Earnings Call Preparation

Posted on September 7th, 2022. Posted by

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While quarterly earnings calls may happen routinely, they should be anything but routine. Earnings calls are your opportunity to tell your story to the world — and they’re one of the few times each year you have the chance to capture the undivided attention of your analysts and investors. So, it’s essential to make these calls count.

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Is the Biotech IPO Market Coming Back? How to Prepare

Posted on August 23rd, 2022. Posted by

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The second quarter of 2022 was the weakest quarter for healthcare and biotech IPOs in more than five years. Some media headlines have predicted that it marked the bottom of the biotech market. 

The XBI biotech index fund, which serves as an index for many companies that are eyeing a public debut, peaked in January 2021 followed by a fairly steady 16-month decline. But now, the XBI is on the rise. While it’s too soon to know if the XBI rise that kicked off in July 2022 will continue to mirror the rise that drove its 2021 peak, the climb appears to be signaling a comeback of healthcare and biotech IPOs.  

If you’re watching the fund, you might now be considering reviving your plans to take your company public.

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Biotech Investor Relations: Six Burning Questions Answered

Posted on July 11th, 2022. Posted by

Biotech Investor Relations: Six Burning Questions Answered

We have always found it interesting to discover what’s on people’s minds and delve into what keeps them up at night. So, we thought it would be useful to share the questions we have received recently from a mix of public and private biotech management teams, along with our responses.

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Disclosing clinical trial data: public or private, the pressure is on

Posted on May 17th, 2022. Posted by

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For every healthcare company, public or private, the anticipation of clinical trial data represents an important, high-pressure milestone in its communications planning. For a public company, there is an obligation to disclose data within a reasonable timeframe. For a private company, while there isn’t an obligation to shareholders, there is pressure from private investors, the medical community, advocates, and even patients.

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Learning From Disney: Five Questions to Consider Before Speaking Out

Posted on May 10th, 2022. Posted by

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The Walt Disney Company and its CEO Bob Chapek are paying a high price for staying outside of politics, and then jumping into it. Disney’s entanglements with its employees on one side and Florida’s governor and lawmakers have spilled over with very real implications. Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that strips Disney of its special tax status in the state, a move which will effectively change how the company operates.

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