In a word, it is quite strong but likely heading to turbulent times. Over the last few decades in the US, the robust system of financing startups and high-growth young companies has been the source of many well-paying jobs and a generator of wealth for investors and employees. Health care gets more than its share of this activity, since it represents so much of the economy and of growth opportunities. The last couple of years have seen both very strong merger and acquisition markets and initial public offering markets, which have created incredible liquidity and returns for investors, who in turn have plowed immense amounts of capital back into new and emerging companies. This activity has often been irrational, and in the last few weeks we have begun to see the inevitable outcome of this irrationality, as stock prices of ethereal, newly-public companies fall precipitously and M & A activity begins to slow. The National Venture Capital Association issues regular reports that track fund-raising by venture capital and private equity firms, investments by those firms and exits. Here is the latest report, detailing the record pace of investments and exits. Enjoy the good times, they never last. (NVCA Report)
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The Healthy Skeptic is a website about the health care system, and is written by Kevin Roche, who has many years of experience working in the health industry. Mr. Roche is available to assist health care companies through consulting arrangements through Roche Consulting, LLC and may be reached at [email protected].
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