Global Digital Health VC Funding in 9M 2018 Reaches Record $8 Billion

Global VC funding for Digital Health companies in 9M 2018 was 46 percent higher year-over-year (YoY) with a record $8 billion raised in 556 deals compared to the $5.5 billion in 586 deals in 9M 2017. Another annual record will be set in 2018 as the $8 billion has already surpassed the previous high mark of $7.2 billion raised in all of 2017. A new record was also set in Q3 2018 with VC funding coming to $3.1 billion in 173 deals surpassing the $2.4 billion raised in 196 deals in Q2 2018.

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Digital Health companies have now received ~$34 billion in the 4,006 VC funding deals, according to Mercom.

Total corporate funding in Digital Health companies – including VC, debt, and public market financing – came to $3.5 billion in Q3 2018 compared to $4.4 billion in Q2 2018.

Digital Health VC Funding 9M 2017-9M 2018

“For the first time, we saw funding cross $3 billion in a single quarter in digital health and funding raised year-to-date has already surpassed all of 2017 with a realistic chance of hitting $10 billion this year. The sector has significant momentum and substance behind this record funding, from regulatory support to entry of large tech and healthcare companies – including a slew of intellectual property applications and FDA approvals,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.

Digital Health VC Funding Q3 2017-Q3 2018

Healthcare Practice-focused companies received 40 percent of the funding in Q3 2018, raising $1.3 billion in 62 deals compared to $702 million in 58 deals in Q2 2018. Healthcare Consumer-centric companies accounted for 60 percent of the funding in Q3 2018, raising $1.9 billion in 111 deals compared to $1.7 billion in 138 deals in Q2 2018.

The top funded areas in 9M 2018 were: Data Analytics with $1.8 billion, Telemedicine with $1.1 billion, mHealth Apps with $1 billion, Mobile Wireless with $728 million, Clinical Decision Support with $655 million, Wearables for $457 million, and Wellness with $318 million.

Top-Funded Digital Health Healthcare IT Categories in 9M 2018

The top funded categories in Q3 2018 were: Data Analytics with $889 million, mHealth Apps with $504 million, Mobile Wireless at $456 million, Telemedicine companies with $374 million, Wearables with $149 million, Social Health Networks with $148 million, and Wellness with $117 million.

Top Funded Digital Health Healthcare IT Categories in Q3 2018

There were 68 early stage deals in Q3 2018, including one accelerator/incubator deal.

The Top VC deals in 9M 2018 included: $300 million raised by 23andMe, $291 million raised by American Well, $250 million by Butterfly Health Network, $240 million raised by Heartflow, $200 million raised by Helix, and $200 million raised by SomaLogic.

Digital Health - Top VC Funding Deals in 9M 2018

A total of 1,132 investors participated in digital health funding deals in 9M 2018.

Twenty-four different countries recorded Digital Health VC funding deals in Q3 2018.

The pace of M&A activity year-to-date is slightly ahead of last year. In 9M 2018, there were a total of 172 Digital Health M&A transactions, compared to 146 in 9M 2017. M&A activity in Q3 2018 was down with 56 M&A transactions (nine disclosed) compared to the 68 M&A transactions (13 disclosed) in Q2 2018.

mHealth App companies were involved in the most M&A deals in Q3 2018 with eight transactions followed by Data Analytics and Practice Management Solutions with six deals each, then Digital Health Service Providers with three deals.

Top M&A transactions in 9M 2018 included: Platinum Equity’s acquisition of LifeScan for $2.1 billion, Roche’s acquisition of Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion, Inovalon’s acquisition of ABILITY Network for $1.2 billion, Veritas Capital’s acquisition of General Electric’s (GE) Healthcare IT division for $1 billion, and Bestbuy’s acquisition of Greatcall for $800 million.

Top Digital Health M&A Transactions in 9M 2018 By Disclosed Amount

This report is 107 pages in length, contains 67 charts, graphs and tables, and covers 701 investors and companies.

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