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With $20B Raised Globally in the First Half of 2021, Health Innovation Funding Shows (More) Record Growth Post COVID

Funding announcements in health innovation have been coming in hot and fast these days. It’s easy to lose perspective about where we’ve come from and where we’re going. This 2021 midyear StartUp Health Insights Report (something we’ve been doing for a decade) is an essential opportunity to step back, take a beat, and view the market with a longer lens. What’s the 10,000-foot view? We also take this opportunity to look at funding trends from a health moonshot perspective. Are we investing in the tools and services that will increase access to care, cure disease, lower cost, and achieve the other global goals that can improve the lives of billions of people? Let’s look at the numbers.

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H1 2021 Digital Health Funding: Another Blockbuster Year…In Six Months

H1 2021 secured $14.7B in digital health funding, already surpassing all of 2020’s funding. The half closed with 372 deals and an average deal size of $39.6M, spearheaded by 48 mega deals which accounted for 59% of total H1 2021 funding. Public exit activity ballooned with 11 closed IPOs and SPACs, with another 11 SPACs expected to close in 2021. The digital health investment climate in one word: Up.
Funding, up.
Deals, up.
Deal sizes, up.
Acquisitions, up.
Public exits, up.
It’s been quite a ride this past year watching digital health catapult from a niche sector to a mainstream market. Seismic shifts from the COVID-19 pandemic launched digital health into high gear, and the momentum has only accelerated. The first half of 2021 closed with $14.7B invested across 372 US digital health deals with a $39.6M average deal size. Fifty-nine percent of that funding came from 48 mega deals ($100M+), including one of the largest single rounds of investment in digital health history: Noom’s $540M Series F round.

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Health.Market June 9, 2021

Digital health has been setting records for raising money in the private markets through VC’s and other sources of private investment. The hype is enormous for unproven technologies. The dynamics in the public markets for digital health stocks, the few that exist, hasn’t been so consistently enthusiastic. This will sort itself out based on delivering of actual value to patients, consumers and shareholders.

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Health.Market May 10, 2021

This market is as bullish and as overbought as it has been in a couple of decades though the monetary and fiscal backdrop are much different now. The huge money is rotating this way and that as we continue to slosh the bull.

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Health.Market May 3, 2021

It was a strange week. The market was right about the numbers. When the predicted happened, not much happened at the headline level but there was quite a bit of movement under the surface of the market. Sloshing continues. The market is clearly leaning bullish. The risk is bearish.

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Health.Market April 26, 2021

This market is as bullish and as overbought as it has been in a couple of decades though the monetary and fiscal backdrop are much different now. The huge money is rotating this way and that as we continue to slosh the bull.

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Health.Market April 19, 2021

This market is as bullish and as overbought as it has been in a couple of decades though the monetary and fiscal backdrop are much different now. The huge money is rotating this way and that as we continue to slosh the bull.

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Health.Market April 12, 2021

We are climbing the big lift hill. Recent repetitive rotations on falling volume feels like positioning in front of the news. The general expectation is clearly for good news but there is plenty to worry about. The news had better be good or watch out below. That first drop could be a doozy.

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Health.Market April 5, 2021

We navigate a period of time without much firm guidance awaiting earnings and economic data. When you attend open mic sessions, consider the source. We traverse a major life, economic, and market transition. There are bound to be a lot of amateur performances.

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Health.Market March 29, 2021

We navigate a period of time without much firm guidance awaiting earnings and economic data. When you attend open mic sessions, consider the source. We traverse a major life, economic, and market transition. There are bound to be a lot of amateur performances.

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