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Fewer Venture Capital Dollars Invested Into Life Sciences Companies In Q1 2013, According To The MoneyTree Report
Date:5/15/2013

re capitalists invested $5.9 billion in 863 deals in Q1 2013, a decrease of 12 percent in dollars invested and a 15 percent decline in deals from the previous quarter. The Life Sciences share of total venture capital dollars invested declined from 29 percent during the last quarter of 2012 to 24 percent during the first quarter of 2013.

Biotechnology dropped 33 percent in dollars and 30 percent in deals compared to the prior quarter, with $875 million going into 96 deals, placing it a distant second in dollars raised behind the Software industry, which drew $2.3 billion in 329 deals. On a year-over-year basis, Biotechnology investing fell 2 percent in dollars and 19 percent in deals.

In Q1, Medical Device investments dropped 20 percent in dollars and 10 percent in deals, with $509 million going into 71 deals, compared with $635 million in 79 deals during the previous quarter. On a year over year basis, dollars invested fell 29 percent while deals dropped 12 percent.

First-Time Financing

During the first quarter of 2013, only 20 Life Sciences companies received venture capital funding for the first time, capturing $98 million. This was the fewest number of companies receiving venture capital funding since the second quarter of 1995. This represents a decrease of 52 percent in dollars invested and 46 percent in the number of deals compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. This was the lowest quarterly amount since the third quarter of 1996 and only the fourth time in survey history that the total fell below $100 million in a single quarter.

Funding by Subsegment

Four of the eight Biotechnology subsegments exhibited growth in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. The Biosensors subsegment rose 152 percent to $43 million, the Animal Biotech subsegment rose 110 percent to $40 million and the Biotech Research subsegment rose 37 percent to $7 million. Additionally, the Human Biotechnology subsegment grew sl
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