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Life Sciences Venture Capital Funding Drops 14% During 2012, According To The MoneyTree Report
Date:2/7/2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- US venture capital (VC) funding in the life sciences sector, which includes the Biotechnology and Medical Device industries, dropped 14 percent in dollars and 7 percent in deals during 2012 according to a new PwC US report, "Double-digit dip" that includes data from the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.  Venture capitalists invested a total of $6.6 billion in 779 Life Sciences deals during the year, compared with $7.7 billion in 836 deals during 2011. The number of Life Sciences companies receiving VC funding for the first time reached the lowest level since 1995 with only 135 companies receiving funding in 2012.

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Compared to the prior quarter, Life Sciences venture funding rose 11 percent in Q4 2012 to $1.9 billion. Deal volume also increased, rising 12 percent to 187 deals compared to the prior quarter.

For all sectors, VCs invested $26.5 billion in 3,698 deals in 2012, a 10 percent drop in dollars and 6 percent decline in deals from the prior year. Venture investors funneled $26.5 billion into 3,698 deals during 2012. While total investments saw a decline for the year, Deal volume in Q4 2012 rose 5 percent compared to the prior quarter.  However, dollars invested did decline 3 percent over the same time period to $6.4 billion in 968 deals.

"The 2012 investment levels came in lower than what we saw during 2011," said Tracy T. Lefteroff , global managing partner of the venture capital practice at PwC US. "The pickup during the third quarter for Biotechnology and for both industries during the fourth quarter wasn't enough to outpace lower funding levels during the first half of 2012. Global
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