Venture Capital Investments for Life Sciences Start-ups in Switzerland
Keywords:Biotechnology, Business angels, Life sciences, Medical technology, Venture capital
AbstractDespite its economic and technological importance, the Swiss life sciences sector faces severe challenges in attracting enough venture capital for its own development. Although biotechnology and medical technology have been the most important areas of venture financing from 1999 through 2012 according to our own data, average investment volumes nevertheless remain on a low level of only 0.05 percent of Swiss GDP. After 2008, there was a pronounced shift away from early-stage financing. While business angels still play an important role at the early stage, venture capitalists are the most important investor type by volumes having their main focus on expansion financing. The industry faces predominant challenges in securing capital availability for entrepreneurs, in transforming the highly skewed and back-loaded payoff profile of investments into a more stable return stream, and in defining appropriate business and collaboration models.
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P. Gantenbein, N. Herold, Chimia 2014, 68, 836, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2014.836.
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