Venture Capital Survey Paints Bleak Portrait
A poll of 100 life science VCs reveals fears of industry contraction, increased importance of corporate investors, and attitudes on regulators, therapeutic areas and new investment models.
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A history of strong returns from the firm, which backs both private and public health care companies, compelled existing investors to return for a new fund. Still, Longitude retained a placement agent to find new limited partners as an “insurance policy.”
In our second annual Life Science VC Survey, biopharma investors continue to look to oncology and rare disease, while their cold shoulder toward metabolic disease seems to be warming. Even though most agree the traditional biotech funding model is broken, our participants are far from convinced that new models such as asset-based financing are the answer.
In our second annual Life Science Venture Survey, VCs paid their respects to the importance of corporate investors right now. For their part, corporate investors, many from long-established programs, said they are bullish about making more bets in early-stage companies.