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Midwest venture capital funding declines in first half of 2005

CHICAGO The Illinois Biotechnology Industry Association (iBIO) recently held its annual event entitled Breakfast With the Midwest Life Science Venture Capitalists at the new Illinois Science & Technology Park in Skokie, Ill. It was an auspicious event for a number of reasons:
All of the VCs present were Midwest VCs that were actually funding deals.

Full article >>> br> Of the above amount, life sciences (biotechnology and medical devices) funding was $1.5 billion for the quarter in 154 companies (or a little more than 25 percent of the total), which is a healthy chunk. This level compared to $1 billion in 135 companies during the first quarter. For the full six months, life sciences represented 25 percent of all investment.

Investment in start-ups a......

Full article >>> st of $50 million (of which about $10 million was disbursed into three VCs during the first part of 2005). While this isnt a large amount of money, it is at least a beginning for Illinois, which has been late to the table.

Michigan announced last week the launch of a $150 million venture fund for investing in Michigan companies.

Indiana also recently announced the formation of ......

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'"/> By Michael Rosen 08/03/05

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