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Biotechs AIM for Alternative Financing

London's lesser-known stock exchange offers the possibility of money for hungry biotechs

Jesse Schulman

Australian gold mining companies are doing it. Even a farmyard composting firm from Wales is doing it. US biotech companies are doing it, too - raising money through IPOs on London's Alternative Investment Market, known as AIM.

Entelos, based in Foster City, Calif. and specializing in mathematical simulations of disease processes, raised $20 million (US) on AIM, and Waltham, Mass.-based Aqua Bounty, a developer of biotech solutions to improve fish farming, raised approximately $37 million in March. With the AIM window apparently open, London-based brokers and advisers are actively prospecting in the US for new clients. Should your company consider it?

AIM was set up as a junior market to the London Stock Exchange in order to create a financial marketplace where small and speculative companies could find backing. A lightly-regulated market was seen as a way to get money into companies that might turn out to have world-beating technology,...

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