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Life Sciences Venture Capital Funding Overcomes Record Lows, Outpaces Other Sectors, According to PricewaterhouseCoopers
Date:2/10/2010

Early Stage Funding for Life Sciences Companies Exceeds $1 Billion in Q4 2009

New York (Vocus) February 10, 2010 -- Companies in the Life Sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology and medical device industries, captured the largest share of overall venture capital during 2009, reflecting the relative strength of the sector during the economic downturn, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

"Under Recovery," a new PwC report that includes data from the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report, based on data from Thomson Reuters finds that Life Sciences funding for 2009 totaled $6 billion in 715 deals, accounting for 34 percent of all venture dollars invested, compared to 28 percent in 2008.

“Venture capitalists see real opportunity for growth within the sector. As the worldwide population ages and more people enter their years of greatest healthcare need, demand for new pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices has the potential to go higher than we've ever seen,” said Tracy T. Lefteroff, global managing partner of the venture capital practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

For all sectors, venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997. Compared with 2008, dollar investments into

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