Trends in Terms of U.S. Life Science Venture Financings Full Year 2011

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Survey Introduction and Background

For the past ten years, Fenwick & West has published a quarterly survey of trends in the valuations and terms of venture financings in Silicon Valley. A copy of the most recent version of that survey is available here.

Beginning this year, we have decided to publish a separate survey of biopharmaceutical and medical device companies (“life science”) companies. We believe a separate survey focusing on life science companies will better highlight issues and trends that are affecting the life science industry differently than other industries.

One reflection of these differences is the trend in valuation, as measured by average round-to-round price change, for life science venture financings. As shown in the graph below, price change trends for life science venture financings were broadly similar to information technology industries prior to the 2008-2009 recession, but have been following a different trajectory more recently.

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