While overall clinical trial activity appears to be slowing, June was the busiest month for the year, and, in fact, all of last year, with a total of 436 items of news related to phase I, phase II and phase III research.
Med-tech mergers and acquisitions are at their highest level in four years and have already beat the full year of 2020, primarily due to a multibillion-dollar whopper completed in April. The number of industry partnerships also tower over prior years, with digital health efforts covering about 40% of the volume. Looking only at this year, the second quarter (Q2) of 2021 performed better than the first quarter (Q1) in terms of both M&As and deals.
The number of med-tech IPOs completed in the first half of 2021 is nearly as many as last year’s full year, and amounts raised through venture capital rounds in just six months are only about $100 million shy of record funds raised in all of 2020.