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Guest Commentary: Why it's time to modify SEC disclosure rules for biotech
Guest Commentary: Reducing the burden of disclosure
Monday, April 14, 2014
Much has been written about
rocketing biotech stocks and the opening of public markets to biotech companies
over the past 18 months. But access to public funding brings with it
substantial costs and regulatory burdens imposed by the disclosure requirements
of U.S. securities laws. Public companies undertake an onerous burden of
providing disclosure, sometimes with so much detail that investors are
It is therefore timely that the chair of the Securities
and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, is acknowledging this
disclosure burden and mandating that SEC staff undertake regulatory changes to
reduce it. This presents an opportunity for biotech companies and BIO to make
their voices heard and provide recommendations to the SEC on what changes would
reduce the disclosure burden while still providing investors with the
information necessary to make investment decisions.
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