NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) is a biopharmaceutical which develops drugs to help treat cancer patients. The company focuses on immunotherapy - or treatment by causing the immune system to either act or cease to act. In other words, NewLink Genetics attempts to encourage the patients immune system to combat the cancerous cells rather than attempting to kill the cells directly. NewLink Genetics revenues are dependent on the discovery and FDA approval of its therapies.
For the full year 2010, NewLink generated $2.1M in grant revenue. This was an over 100% increase from the $.9M in 2009. Since the company spends heavily on research and development, it still reported a net loss for 2010 of $16.6M. This compares to a net loss of $10.2M in 2009. 
The company's initial public offering of stock on the NASDAQ occurred on November 10, 2011. The company offered 6.2M shares each for $7. The company had already planned to sell 5.5M shares. However, since they priced below the $10-$12 range, they increased shares. The deal raised a total of $43M. The lead mangers of the deal were Stifel Financial (SF) and Canaccord Genuity.
As of its IPO, NewLink did not have any FDA approved drugs. It's quite clear that without a completed drug, the company will be unable to produce substantial operating revenue. As a result, the company's performance is limited to actions from the FDA. Furthermore, since NewLink is in the process of developing new, untested treatments, there is no clear guidance for the likelihood of approval or the likelihood that physicians will adopt new treatments.