NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Venture capital investments into the life sciences dropped sharply in the second quarter compared to a year ago, according to a report this week from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.

VC funding into the life sciences sector, which includes biotechnology and medical devices, was down 39 percent year over year in dollar amounts and down 22 percent in the number of deals. A total of $1.4 billion was invested into 174 life science deals in the second quarter, the report said.

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