Life Science Investment Grew 50% 2018 Over 2017 -- New JD Supra Life Sciences Report

March 19, 2019

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JD Supra just released its Life Sciences Report for Winter and Spring 2019. The report confirms just how robust the life science investment has been in 2018. Biopharma, Device and Dx/Tool investment grew by more than 50% in 2018 compared to 2017. US healthcare venture fundraising reached $8.8 billion and continued a four year upward trend.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Biopharma – Series A deals grew by 35% over 2017. However there were a few number of deals overall. Oncology and platform companies lead the pack. Biopharma exits were dominated by IPOs which accounted for 70% of the record $49.3 billion in exit values in 2018
  • Device – Device investment grew by 40% in the US and Europe. Series A grew by more than 30% to almost 1 billion. 78% of the investments went to later stage deals.
  • Dx and Tools – Tech investors continued to dominate investments in this arena. Series A investments dipped in both number of deals and dollars. However later stage investments more than doubled over the previous year. Exits included 10 M&A deals and 2 IPOs.


The report predicts that fund raising in 2019 will continue to be healthy, reaching around $8 billion. Market forces may drive down pre IPO valuations for biopharma companies and lead to an increase in private biopharma M&A transactions. Device investment is expected to remain stable an include and increase in series A funding. Series A deals in Diagnostic and Tools are expected to climb with tech acquirers picking up diagnostic and analytics companies.  



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