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Life Sciences Venture Funding Jumps 21% in 2011 but Quarterly Performance Falls Short, According to the MoneyTree Report
Date:2/2/2012

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture capital (VC) funding in the Life Sciences sector, which includes the Biotechnology and Medical Device industries, increased 21% during 2011, according to a new PwC US report, "Zigzagging Upward," that includes data from the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree™ Report, based on data from Thomson Reuters.  Venture capitalists invested a total of $7.5 billion in 785 life sciences deals during the year, topping 2010 performance despite a drop from the third to the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Compared with the prior quarter, Life Sciences venture funding decreased 8 percent in Q4 of 2011 to $1.7 billion. Deal volume was also down, dropping 4 percent compared to the prior quarter to 184 deals.  When compared to a year ago, dollars invested into Life Sciences companies during Q4 of 2011 increased by 34 percent while the number of deals declined 5 percent from the $1.3 billion invested in 194 deals during the fourth quarter of 2010.

For all sectors, venture capitalists invested $6.6 billion in 844 deals in Q4 2011, an increase of 19 percent in terms of dollars and a drop of 2 percent in terms of deals, compared to $5.5 billion going into 861 deals in the fourth quarter of 2010.   The Life Sciences share of total venture capital dollars invested stood at 27 percent in Q4, a three percent increase from Q4 2010.

"Life sciences investments in the fourth quarter outperformed total venture investment, when compared with the same quarter of 2010," said Tracy T. Lefteroff, global managing partner of the venture capital practice at PwC.  "We did see the IPO window crack slightly
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