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Life Sciences Venture Capital Funding Shrinks for Fourth Straight Quarter According to the MoneyTree Report
Date:8/15/2012

sub-segments decreased during the second quarter. The Human Biotechnology sub-segment captured the largest share in the second quarter with $496 million going into 56 deals but declined year-over-year in both dollars and deals.  

Within the Medical Device industry, only the Medical/health Products sub-segment saw an increase in Q2 2012 from Q2 2011, increasing 111 percent in dollars to $137 million. The Medical Diagnostics and Medical Therapeutics sub-segments both experienced declines during the same time period, however, the Medical Therapeutics category accounted for 73 percent of the dollars and 62 percent of deals in the second quarter with $508 million going into 52 deals.

"It may continue to be challenging for life sciences companies to raise funds until the regulatory environment becomes transparent for biotech and medtech companies trying to move new products into the market," noted Lefteroff.  "However, if M&A activity picks up during the second half of this year, investors could see a clearer path to returns, which potentially could attract more money to be invested in this sector."

Investments by Region

The top five metropolitan regions receiving Life Sciences venture capital funding during Q2 2012 were San Francisco Bay ($470 million), Boston ($186 million), San Diego Metro ($173 million), Seattle ($78 million) and NY Metro ($67 million).  Four of the five regions saw declines in investing in Q2 when compared to Q2 2011.  Seattle was the only region of the five that experienced an increase in this timeframe, jumping 292 percent to $78 million.

Investments in Biotechnology accounted for 55 percent of the dollars invested in the top five regions in Q2 2012. The top five regions captured 70 percent of the dollars invested in Life Sciences companies in the second quarter of 2012.

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