Last year's June issue of Genome Technology included a feature story that delved into the world of venture capital in the life sciences. Even a year ago, the marketplace for new life science startup companies was becoming a bit tighter than it had been in the past, though investments were still being made. In the first quarter of 2008, four venture-backed life science companies went public and, according to PricewaterhouseCooper's MoneyTree, $1.08 billion was invested in 132 biotechnology deals during that time.

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