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Life Sciences Venture Capital Investing Falls 18% in Q3 2011 from Prior Quarter but Still Shows an Increase of 22% from Q3 2010, According to the MoneyTree Report
Date:11/3/2011

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Following two quarters of growth, Venture capital (VC) funding in the Life Sciences sector, which includes the Biotechnology and Medical Device industries, fell 18 percent during the third quarter of 2011, according to a new PwC US report, "Reaching for Growth."   The report includes data from the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree™ Report, based on data from Thomson Reuters.

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Venture capitalists invested $1.8 billion in 170 Life Sciences deals, reflecting a continued interest in venture investment but still the lowest number of deals since the first quarter of 2009.  Investment in the Life Sciences sector increased 22% year over year. However, dollars invested and deal volume declined 18% and 21%, respectively, compared with the $2.2 billion invested in 214 deals during the previous quarter.

"VCs are saying that challenges in the regulatory environment for life sciences companies are prompting them to look to other industries to put their money to work for a faster return on their investment," noted Tracy T. Lefteroff, global managing partner of the venture capital practice at PwC US.  "When investors see a lack of exits for their companies, it depresses their appetite for funding on the front end. The nearly shut IPO window and volatility in the equity market during the third quarter contributed to the slowdown in life sciences venture funding."

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