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Frost & Sullivan: Government Support Vital to Encourage Venture Capital Investments in the North American Healthcare Industry
Date:3/6/2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Decreasing exit opportunities and a challenging fundraising environment give pause to venture capitalists (VCs) in the North American healthcare industry. The increase in average deal value implies that VCs are choosing their companies prudently, despite reduction in the overall volume and value of deals.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's (http://www.financialservices.frost.com) Analysis of Venture Capital Investment Trends in the North American Healthcare Industry research reveals companies that have completed Phase 2 or are nearing Phase 3 of trials are attracting VC investors because of the shorter exit period and fewer failure risks.

If you are interested in more information on this analysis, please email Britni Myers , Corporate Communications, at britni.myers@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

"Government initiatives such as tax exemptions, lower interest rates and subsidies will go a long way," said Frost & Sullivan Business and Financial Services Research Analyst Dr. E. Saneesh.  "This support will prompt VCs to invest more in new products and technologies."

Owing to the current straitened circumstances, an increasing number of VCs are signing joint investment deals and forming partnerships with bigger healthcare companies, including pharmaceutical majors and medical technology companies.

However, the long drug development period, increasing clinical trial risks, stricter regulations, and decreasing initial public offerings (IPOs) make VCs skeptical about investing in biotechnology and pharmaceutical start-ups. Further, as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors become mor
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