Achaogen (NASDAQ: AKAO)

South San Francisco, CA

Achaogen is discovering and developing life-saving antibiotics. Achaogen went public in March 2014.

Amira Pharmaceuticals

San Diego, CA

Amira is a discovery and early development company focused on novel drugs to treat inflammatory and fibrotic disease. Bristol-Myers Squibb acquired Amira for up to $475 million July 2011. Read More

Cadence Pharmaceuticals

San Diego, CA

Cadence Pharmaceuticals is developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals to meet the needs of hospitalized patients and their caregivers. Cadence went public November 2011 (CADX) and was acquired by Mallinckrodt plc for $1.3 billion in February 2014.

Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ: CLVS)

Boulder, CO

Clovis Oncology is focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing innovative anti-cancer agents in the U.S., Europe and additional international markets. Clovis went public November 2011.

FivePrime Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FPRX)

San Francisco, CA

FivePrime accelerates drug discovery by rapidly isolating and assaying the world’s largest collection of pharmaceutically relevant targets and therapeutics from the human genome. FivePrime went public in September 2013.

Flexion Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FLXN)

Woburn, MA

Flexion is developing novel therapeutics for the targeted treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Flexion went public in February 2014.

ForteBio

Menlo Park, CA

ForteBio delivers simple, accessible bio-molecule detection and analysis solutions to the life sciences market. Pall Corporation acquired ForteBio for an undisclosed amount in March 2012. Read More

Genomic Health (NASDAQ: GHDX)

Redwood City, CA

Genomic Health gives cancer patients and physicians insight needed to help make quality treatment decisions. The first diagnostic assay developed by Genomic Health Oncotype DX(TM) is a breast cancer test. Genomic Health went public September 2005.

NovaCardia

San Diego, CA

NovaCardia is an emerging cardiovascular pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel clinical stage drug candidates. Merck acquired NovaCardia for $350 million in July 2007.

Okairos

Rome, Italy

Okairos is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company using a best-in-class, proprietary genetic vaccine technology to develop vaccines for major unmet diseases, such as malaria, hepatitis C (HCV) and a universal influenza vaccine. In May 2013, Okairos was acquired by GSK for $324 million.

 

ParAllele Bioscience

South San Francisco, CA

ParAllele BioScience accelerated healthcare breakthroughs by providing comprehensive genetic discovery solutions to the life science research, pharmaceutical and diagnostic sectors. Affymetrix acquired ParAllele for $120 million in June 2005.

Pharmion

Boulder, CO

Pharmion is an emerging pharmaceutical company focused on marketing drugs that require specialized medical education and marketing programs. The company’s initial focus is on drugs currently marketed for the treatment of cancer and related diseases for markets in the US, as well as in Europe and other major international markets. Celgene aquired Pharmion for $2.9 billion March 2008.

Reliant Pharmaceuticals

Reliant Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the acquisition, development and marketing of pharmaceutical products. GlaxoSmithKline acquired Reliant for $1.65 billion November 2007.

Salmedix

San Diego, CA

Salmedix is focused on the development of clinical-stage drugs for the treatment of leukemias and lymphomas. Cephalon acquired Salmedix for $160 million May 2005.

Syrrx

San Diego, CA

Syrrx is the technological leader in the field of structural proteomics. The company uses its proprietary technologies to generate protein structures, which are then used to rapidly discover new drugs. Japan’s Takeda acquired Syrrx for about $270 million February 2005.

Trius Therapeutics

San Diego, CA

Trius Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing antibacterial drugs for the treatment of serious infections. Trius went public August 2010 (TSRX) and was acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for $704 million in July 2013.

Veracyte (NASDAQ: VCYT)

South San Francisco, CA

Veracyte is a company focused on molecular diagnostics. Veracyte went public in October 2013.