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Start-Up Quarterly Statistics, Q1 2009

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Highlights from the Q1 2009 review of start-up dealmaking: Fundraising in the biopharma, medical device, and in vitro diagnostics industries totaled $692 million--a 31% drop from Q1 2008 but a 25% increase from last quarter--with most of the money, $544 million, coming from the biopharma sector. There were no significant acquisitions of biopharma or in vitro diagnostic start-up companies in the first quarter of the year, but device giant Medtronic paid a total of $550 million for two start-ups. Cancer was the most popular therapeutic area for start-up alliances this quarter.
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