START-UP’s 2012 Life Science Venture Capital Survey: Optimism, Capital In Shorter Supply
This article was originally published in Start Up
Our second annual survey of institutional and corporate VCs puts FDA, public markets, and limited partner support high atop a long list of concerns, although the attitude toward regulators is on the mend. A notable number of respondents also say they’ll have to accept lower terms and shrink ambitions as they raise new funds.
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