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Valuation in Life Sciences
A Practical Guide, Third Edition

This book is the first complete guide to valuation in life sciences for industry professionals, investors, and academics. It has rapidly become the standard reference in the industry (cf. quotes) and is currently published in its thrid edition.

Boris Bogdan and Ralph Villiger introduce the characteristics of drug and medical device development, explain how to translate these into the valuation, and provide valuable industry data. After guiding the reader through the theory of valuation, including discounted cash-flow and real options, the authors demonstrate how to value projects, patents, licences, firms and stocks on real-life examples, even treating complex licence and company structures.

Special emphasis is put on the practicability of the proposed methods by including many hands-on examples, without compromising on realistic results.

Blog and forum excerpts from the industry


Martin Buckland, Chief Business Officer, Astex Therapeutics, Cambridge, UK

Ralph Villiger and Boris Bogdan have written what is sure to become the industry standard reference for valuation of pharmaceutical and biotechnology projects and companies. Their academically rigorous treatment of the underlying theoretical framework for both risk-adjusted net present value, and real options approaches to valuation is combined with the real-life complexities of pipeline and portfolio management in the life sciences industry to provide a comprehensive overview of this critical subject. At a time when the healthcare industry is placing increasing emphasis on licensing and M&A as a core strategy this book provides a firm understanding of the way in which products and businesses can be valued at all stages of their development, while their thorough treatment of quantitative approaches to the valuation of companies provides a solid theoretical and practical framework for all of those involved in financing the new generation of biotechnology companies. This book will be of immense value to strategic planning, licensing and business development, corporate finance professionals and senior managers in all sectors of the life sciences industry.

Dr. Martin Grossmann, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

This book provides an introduction both to the development of new medicines and to the techniques of financial investment appraisal. According to the authors, traditional approaches to assessing investment opportunities fall short in the pharmaceutical industry. More sophisticated evaluation techniques are necessary, particularly in respect of the drug development process, intellectual property evaluation, licensing and sublicensing. The book presents a number of innovative ideas, illustrated with practical examples, that should improve decision-making in these areas.

The authors make a persuasive case for the use of advanced techniques and the section on worked-examples should be particularly appealing to practitioners.

Jean-Pierre Saintouil, Director of Technology Transfer Department, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

We all welcome publication of this first book which deals specifically with Valuation in Life Science. Valuation has always been the focal issue for anyone involved in business development. The combined talents of Boris Bogdan and Ralph Villiger have produced an excellent synthesis of the parameters and stakes of the Life Sciences field, integrating them successfully in the most sophisticated economic evaluation models (ENPV, Real Options, etc.). The book also contains numerous case studies and exercises which clearly illustrate the most complex theories. Methods and models for the evaluation of projects and companies are carefully described and explained and will thus provide a practical and rational basis for negotiations. There is no doubt that this book will become an essential reference tool for professionals in technology transfer, business developers and biotech companies, as well as the pharmaceutical industry and Life Science investors.

GEN – genetic engineering news, February, 2007

"‘Valuation in Life Sciences: A Practical Guide’ leads readers step by step through the theory of life sciences valuation. … it is an important read for biotech investors. … It is the first book of its kind that combines industry data and valuation theory together with practical advice. It includes valuation techniques and tools that allow investors to pick undervalued biotech stocks."

Rudolf Gygax, Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 25 (9), 2007

"Valuation in Life Sciences: A Practical Guide opens up the black box and describes, step by step, a relatively simple procedure for quantitative valuation in life sciences. The book guides the reader through the recommended procedure of quantitative valuation … . This book is recommended to those who would like to acquire a profound understanding of quantitative valuation and use a simple spreadsheet approach of their own cases."

Roger Davies, Business Development & Licensing Journal, Issue 4, 2007

"This book provides some interesting examples – for business development and licensing executives – of where ROV may be used. … For the general reader and business development executive there is a good explanation of ROV and its applications in life science … . The book may also be of interest to biotechnology company business development executives and university technology transfer officers … . this book is essential reading as it not only provides the mathematical theory but also the applications in different types of deals."






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