Biotechnology sector performed well on both public and private markets. Large public biotech stocks continued to climb while smaller stocks remained leveled. Private financing deal flow increased substantially, albeit leaving early stage start-ups behind. Biotech sector experienced an overall increase in VC activity during 2Q 2013 and after much less inspiring first quarter. The comeback of VC funding was consistent with strong public markets as well as high, 13, number of completed Life Sciences IPO transactions.
Intellectual Property, Goodwill, and Other Intangible Assets
The predominant amount of S&P 500 value comes from intangible assets and goodwill (“Intangibles”) of the underlying companies. It is no surprise that patents and brands are more valuable than desks. Understanding the components of intangible value is of great relevance to tax authorities and financial stakeholders.