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June 11th, 2008

Are Venture Capitalists Misplaying Nanotech?

Abstract:
"Healthcare and life sciences companies have accounted for a staggering $1.68 billion of the $2.57 billion total valuation of nanotech start-ups at IPO [initial public offering]," says analyst Jacob Grose. "Correspondingly, revenue multiples at IPO have been an order of magnitude higher for the healthcare segment [206.2x on average] than in the four other segments we track, yet last year more nanotech VC deals closed in manufacturing and materials than in healthcare and life sciences."

That's because "gas prices and global warming make the crises in energy and the environment really visible," Grose says. However, he notes, the need for beneficial nanomedicine remains strong.

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