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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

quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010.  The Human Biotechnology subsegment captured the largest share in the third quarter with $826 million going into 61 deals, a 36 percent increase in dollars but a 20 percent decrease in deals from Q3 of 2010.  Dollars invested in the Biotech Research, Biotech Equipment, and Biosensors subsegments rose 262 percent, 27 and 5,444 percent, respectively.  

Funding for two of the three Medical Device subsegments decreased in Q3 2011, compared with the same quarter of 2010 - Medical/Health Products fell 51 percent and Medical Diagnostics dropped 38 percent in dollars. However, dollars invested in the Medical Therapeutics category increased by 53 percent during the third quarter of 2011, compared to the same time a year ago.  This subsegment also accounted for nearly two-thirds of the deals and more than four-fifths of the dollars during the third quarter of 2011 with $602 million going into 48 deals.

Investments by Region

The top five metropolitan regions receiving Life Sciences venture capital funding during Q3 2011 were San Francisco Bay ($625 million), Dallas ($300 million), Boston ($248 million), New York Metro ($144 million), and Twin Cities ($77 million).  Investments in Biotechnology deals accounted for 58 percent of the dollars invested in the top five regions in Q3 2011.

Funding for each of the top regions increased on a year-over-year basis. During the third quarter of 2011, Dallas, one of the new entrants to the list, logged a $300 million biotechnology investment - the quarter's top venture capital deals - and recorded the highest year-over-year increase among all metropolitan regions at 403 percent.

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