Biotech Investing 101 – Investigating the Company Pipelines

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Laidlaw & Company

A successful finance professional, James “Jim” Ahern serves as managing partner and head of capital markets with the New York-based firm Laidlaw & Company. At Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern focuses largely on the healthcare industry and makes investments in the fields of life sciences and biotech. When investing in a biotech firm, individuals need to look at a number of different issues, such as debt, area of research, funding, and management.

Individuals should also pay close attention to the product pipeline at the companies in which they are considering investing. Ideally, companies have more than one product in their pipelines. A company that has two or more products in or close to clinical trials has a greater chance of success. If one product fails, there is at least one more that could succeed. At the same time, startups with a large number of products at different development stages may be spreading themselves too thin and have difficulty bringing any of them to the market without greater focus.

Investors may also want to look for companies with products that are close to achieving FDA approval so that they will become commercially available in the foreseeable future. While FDA approval does not mean the product will prove commercially successful, it does increase the likelihood of seeing some sort of return on investment. Drugs that have reached the human test subject level have the most accurate data about safety and efficacy.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 Program

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Experienced financial executive James Ahern specializes in biotechnology investments, life sciences investments, and early stage private capital for Laidlaw and Company, a health care investment bank. He serves as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw, raising capital and advising companies. In addition to his professional responsibilities, James “Jim” Ahern stays involved with the community and sits on the Board of Overseers for The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is a nonprofit organization that operates as a regional branch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. Founded in 1949, the organization provides adult mentoring services to over 2,400 youth through adult volunteers known as Bigs. In addition to campus, school, and community-based programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay operates an online initiative known as Mentor 2.0.

Designed for high school students, the Mentor 2.0 program utilizes a web-based platform to host weekly communication sessions between students and their mentors. In person meetings are also held once a month through the program. Moreover, mentors are provided guided questions for discussion with the ultimate goal of helping students succeed academically and prepare to enter the workforce.