How is the funding environment shaping up for health technology in 2019? As we pass the mid-year mark, let's see how the year-to-date metrics compare to the historical trends. The graph below shows health technology total funding by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, health technology has amassed $9.4B through Q1 and Q2 of this year. This amount represents 51% of the total funding in 2018, and 105% of the funding through Q2 in 2018. In addition, the top three funding events in Q2 2019 include a $300M round into Impossible Foods, a $205M round into Collective Health, and a $190M round into Zipline.
A straight-line projection of the completed funding this year would result in $18.9B, which is 103% of the total 2018 funding. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 funding would result in $19.3B, which exceeds the total 2018 funding by 5%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, health technology funding in 2019 is projected to surpass...
For this quarter's funding analysis, let's examine how average funding in the health technology sector is evolving. The graphic below shows the health technology average funding across all deals over time by quarter.
As the graphic demonstrates, health technology average funding deal size in Q1 2019 was at $42M, which increased by 30% from the $32M last quarter. The average funding deal size has demonstrated strong upward growth, with the average funding last quarter around 5 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $1B round into Verily, a $500M round into Clover Health, and a $299M round into BridgeBio.
Here is our Q1 2019 summary report on the health technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.
As we make our way through Q1 of 2019, let's look back on 2018 and analyze how exit activity for health technology compares to previous years. The graphic below shows total annual health technology exit events over time.
As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 saw a drop in health technology exit activity compared to the previous year. The 67 exit events in 2018 represent a 9% decrease from the 74 exit events in 2017, which was the highest year on record for exit activity. However, health technology exits are still on a general upward trend, with a 5-year CAGR of 25% from 2013 to 2018. Some of the exit events in 2018 include AveXis's acquisition by Novartis for $8.7B, Flatiron Health's acquisition by Roche for $1.9B, and PillPack's acquisition by Amazon for $1B.
The health technology industry has seen $84B in total all time funding. Let's analyze the investors financing the health technology sector and identify the most active firms.
The graphic below highlights health technology investors based on the number of investments made in the sector. If an investor participates in two investment rounds in the same company (such as a Series A and Series B), that would qualify as two investments for this analysis.
As the graphic demonstrates, New Enterprise Associates has made the most bets in the health technology sector with 88 investments. Khosla Ventures follows with 80 investments. Examples of companies that New Enterprise Associates has invested in include Bright Health, Paladina Health, 23andMe, and Collective Health. The two CVCs rounding out the list include GE Ventures and GV.
This blog post examines the different components of the health technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.
Digital Medical Devices Is the Largest Health Technology Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 2250 health technology startups into 22 categories that have raised $81 billion. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that Digital Medical Devices is the largest category with 307 companies. These companies build IT-enabled medical and diagnostic devices for doctors. These devices include detection equipment, monitoring equipment, and surgical tools. Some example companies include Signostics, MediBeacon, Stimwave, and AliveCor.
Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out...
As we previously noted, health technology funding is experiencing robust growth. We've now gone one level deeper in our analysis on our Health Technology Report and Research Platform and determined that the health technology sector is starting to mature.
This conclusion comes from two key observations:
- Funding amount percentages showed a slight shift to later stages
- Funding count percentages showed a clear shift to later stages
We’ll explain these key observations with some graphics and discussions below.
To help set the stage, the graphic below highlights health technology funding amounts over time. As you can see, the sector’s overall funding demonstrated consistent growth.
Health Technology Funding Amount Percentages Shifting Slightly to Later Stages
Let’s examine the health technology funding amounts by round as a percentage of the total funding amount by year.
The above graph indicates that there has been a slight shift to later-stage...
The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Health Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through August 2017.
The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016, we saw a general increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2015 and declining slightly thereafter. Earlier stage rounds (Series A, B, and C) make up a larger share of the total amount.
The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016 we’ve seen an upward trend that peaked in 2014 and declined slightly thereafter. Earlier stage funding such as Seed, Series A, and Series B events make up the majority of funding event counts.
We are currently tracking 2040 Health Technology companies in 22 categories across 57 countries, with a total of $52.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Health Technology market report.
The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Health Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Internet of Things (IoT) Fitness category is leading the sector in funding, coming in around $3.7B. The IoT Healthcare category leads in company count, with around 175 startups in that category alone.
We are currently tracking 1,459 Health Technology companies in 21 categories across 52 countries, with a total of $29.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Health Technology landscape report and database.
The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Health Technology companies each year. 2015 was the best year in Security Technology funding thus far with over $6.2B raised, followed by 2014 at a close second with just under $6B raised. 2016 is already further along this year than the entire year of 2013.
We are currently tracking 1,285 Health Technology companies in 21 categories across 48 countries, with a total of $26.5B in funding. Click here to see the full Health Technology landscape report and data.