1. July 2010 21:00
Repregen's CSO Prof. Molly Stevens was interviewed by Radio 4 this morning regarding regenerative medicine.
Repregen, a Longbow investment, is a developer of smart materials that accelerate bone tissue growth.
Click here to listen to the discussion on BBC 4 News Today.
Other recent news from Repregen:
Molly Stevens: Getting the body to grow spare parts - Guardian Online
For more information please visit www.repregen.com
23. March 2010 20:30
A number of advisers have contacted us recently concerned that the budget on the 23rd March could contain changes to the EIS rules that might affect their clients' investment in our funds.
This is particularly relevant to advisers who have clients that have applied to invest in the 2010 Approved EIS Fund.
As soon as we know the detail of the budget we will discuss the changes, if any, to EIS reliefs with each adviser and how that may, or may not, affect their clients.
We can then confirm whether or not their client is invested in the right fund for them to maximise their EIS relief, and if we need to make changes, make sure they are undertaken in time for the tax year end.
We will also provide an update on our website for any changes that are announced to EIS relief in the days following the budget.
28. January 2010 19:55
Breastlight was launched on Boots.com at the beginning of September 2009 and in-store during October with the help of the Boots Centre for Innovation. Please click here to read a case study, produced by the BCI detailing how they helped Breastlight reach Boots shelves.
17. December 2009 01:57
I have been busy over the past couple of weeks having a final catch-up with portfolio companies before Christmas and there is a positive overarching theme. All CEOs who have recently been to trade shows have reported a dramatic change in sentiment within their markets.
Harry Hatzakis at Biotronics 3D could barely contain his excitement today when talking about people queuing at the stand at RSNA (Radiologist Conference) in Chicago. He reported interest from multinationals as well as smaller companies.
Eddy Littler (CEO of Domainex) returned in November from BIO-Europe saying that it had been the best week since he joined the company in January 2008. That sentiment was echoed by Keith Powell (CEO of Polytherics). Both were on the receiving end of interest from both large pharma and smaller biotech seeking collaboration.
If this continues, 2010 will be a good year.
24. November 2009 00:40
Back in 2006 the Finance Bill confirmed unquoted shares were an eligible investment within a self invested personal pension (SIPP). Since then many advisers have remained hesitant to recommend inclusion of these shares in their clients’ pensions. I believe unquoted stocks can reduce the overall risk of an investment portfolio and provide a powerful boost to performance. Here are the reasons why it may be a good time to reconsider venture investments within a SIPP:
Strategic asset allocation advocates investment in higher risk funds.
Any consideration of portfolio construction encourages diversifying investment across different asset classes. This serves the dual purpose of reducing exposure to a volatile market while offering the opportunity for enhanced returns. It has been shown that holding around 20% of any portfolio in alternative investments, volatility is reduced because alternative investments are affected by different factors to equities and fixed interest. For instance they are often less sensitive to swings in the stock market.
Identifying the optimum balance between risk and return
Combining asset classes in the right proportion can reduce the impact of market volatility on a portfolio and can also enhance returns. The approach advocates holding a proportion of higher risk investments alongside traditional classes. Alternative asset allocation can include property, absolute return funds, private equity or venture capital.
Lack of Alternatives
SIPP holders cannot currently hold residential property, therefore any property held as an investment must be commercial or held through a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust). This is disappointing for SIPP holders, as it was originally believed that residential property would be allowed, however, unquoted shares offer another way to diversify.
Giving sophisticated investors a choice
Many SIPP holders are highly sophisticated investors experienced in assessing unquoted shares. These investors may wish to diversify their SIPP with unquoted shares.
Generating more income in retirement
Most asset allocation models suggest 5 – 15% as a good private equity holding within a portfolio. This tactic limits downside risk, yet allows strong returns to have an impact and be felt across the whole portfolio. This proportion of private equity can be a valuable component to generate income in retirement.
Since Longbow launched their SIPP Venture Fund alongside Axa Winterthur in 2008 SIPP providers have begun to review this issue and we are now pleased to announce that many of the top SIPP providers are offering this to their clients.
SIPP providers who do offer this are as follows:
For more information on investing through your SIPP please call 020 7332 0320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.