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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

$7.0 billion in 876 deals in Q3 2011, a 31 percent increase in dollars and a 3 percent increase in deals year-over-year.  Compared with the previous quarter, dollars investment fell 12%, and the number of deals declined 14%. The average deal size for all industries increased for the fourth consecutive quarter and stood at $7.9 million.  The life sciences share of total venture capital declined moderately from 28% for the second quarter of 2011 to 26% for the third quarter. The sector followed a similar trend during 2010.

In Q3 2011, Biotechnology investing increased by 26 percent in dollars and dropped 14 percent in deals year over year with $1.1 billion going into 96 deals. Medical device investments increased 17 percent in dollars and declined 20 percent in deals, compared to the same quarter a year ago, as 74 deals captured $728 million in funding during the third quarter of 2011.

First-Time Financing

During the third quarter of 2011, 21 Life Sciences companies received venture capital funding for the first time, capturing $181 million.  This represents a decline of 54 percent in the number of companies but a six percent increase in dollars invested, compared to the third quarter of 2010.  First-time deals in the Life Sciences sector averaged $8.6 million in the second quarter of 2011, a 131 percent jump year over year and notably higher than the average first-time deal size of $7.9 million for all industries during the quarter.

"Continued conservatism and caution on the part of venture investors make it challenging for fledgling companies to obtain first-time funding," Lefteroff said. "Investors are weighing the risk and time involved in funding companies that had not previously received venture capital but are still willing to invest in what they see as game-changing technology."

Funding by Subsegment

Four of the seven Biotechnology subsegments exhibited growth in the third
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