European Companies Are Now Being ‘Properly Funded’
Silicon Valley Bank Managing Director Discusses Performance Of European Life Sciences In 2019
In the first half of 2019, life science companies raised $469m through series A rounds in Europe – a solid start to the year compared to the $686m companies raised in 2018 overall. Silicon Valley Bank expects the European sector to be in “rude health” for the next two to three years at least, when it comes to accessing VC cash.
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