Innovation Wave Drives Robust Activity

In our mid-year Healthcare Investments and Exits report, SVB analyzed the fundraising, investment, M&A and IPO activity of private, venture-backed biopharma, medical device and diagnostic/tools companies.

Halfway through 2018, U.S. healthcare venture fundraising reached $4.5 billion — and is expected to closely match the last year’s record of $9.1 billion. Investments in venture-backed companies are also on pace to surpass last year.

The report highlights include:

  • We saw 30 biopharma IPOs in the first six months of 2018, compared with 31 for all of 2017.
  • Biopharma Series A investments are exploding and by mid-year have already exceeded full-year 2017 totals.
  • Device M&A deals are stable, and the IPO market is favoring neuro-focused companies, with three IPOs in the first half of 2018.
  • Makers of synthetic biology building blocks — including computational design, CRISPR editing, DNA/RNA synthesis and organism engineering tools — are revolutionizing the subsector, and investments in these companies continue to climb.



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