Biotech VC Funding Rises As Fewer Companies Get More Dollars
Public company valuations continue to slide as stock market investors shift priorities, but private biotechnology firms are attracting near record-breaking levels of venture capital with one pretty important caveat: More money is being invested in fewer US companies, especially at the earliest stages of business formation.
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Finance Watch: Pfizer Ventures' Dalton Makes Sense Of Neuroscience Focus Within New $600m VC Fund Commitment
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Private Company Edition: Flagship ends 2017 with its biggest life science fund yet totaling $618m. Also, December sees a year-end surge in VC deals, including a $100m Series B round for Allakos.