Another small offering planned for this week is NewLink Genetics ( NLNK), a biotech company with oncology products in clinical trials. The Ames, Iowa-based company is hoping to raise $61 million, proposing to sell 5.5 million shares at between $10 and $12 each.

NewLink's lead product is a proposed pancreatic cancer treatment in phase III trials based on its HyperAcute immunotherapy approach, which looks to stimulate the human immune system to combat cancer. The company is pursuing patent protection for specific combination therapies and protection for its novel inhibitor compounds as well as potential second-generation products.

As with all biotechs, NewLink's success depends on receiving approval of its products from the Food and Drug Administration. The company has so far received grants from the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense, development that impress IPO Desktop's Gaskins.

"I think it's hard to get money from them and it's impressive," he said. Gaskins likes the company and what it is doing, although he is worried that the clinical trials may take longer than planned. There are other companies competing for this market as well, names like Amgen ( AMGN) and Celgene ( CELG).

-- Written by Debra Borchardt in New York.

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