Here is our Q2 2019 summary report on the health technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.
How has the exit activity for health technology developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores health technology exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of health technology exits by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, health technology has seen a total of 37 exit events through Q2 of this year. This represents 56% of the total exits in 2018, and 88% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. Some of the exit events in Q2 2019 include Exonics Therapeutics’ acquisition by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, PatientsLikeMe’s acquisition by the UnitedHealth Group, and Beyond Meat’s IPO.
A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 74 exit events, which exceeds the total exits in 2018 by 12%. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would come out to 58 exit events, which falls short of the total exits in 2018 by 12%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, health technology exit activity in 2019 is projected to be relatively equal to the exit activity in 2018.
How is the funding environment shaping up for health technology in 2019? As we pass the mid-year mark, let’s see how the year-to-date metrics compare to the historical trends. The graph below shows health technology total funding by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, health technology has amassed $9.4B through Q1 and Q2 of this year. This amount represents 51% of the total funding in 2018, and 105% of the funding through Q2 in 2018. In addition, the top three funding events in Q2 2019 include a $300M round into Impossible Foods, a $205M round into Collective Health, and a $190M round into Zipline.
A straight-line projection of the completed funding this year would result in $18.9B, which is 103% of the total 2018 funding. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 funding would result in $19.3B, which exceeds the total 2018 funding by 5%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, health technology funding in 2019 is projected to surpass the funding in 2018.
The health technology industry has seen 3,918 investors and $90B total all time funding. Let’s analyze which health technology categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights health technology categories based on the number of investors in each category.
As the graphic demonstrates, Digital Medical Devices has the highest number of investors at 1077, with IoT Health Care following behind at 810. Digital Medical Device companies build IT-enabled medical and diagnostic devices for doctors. IoT Health Care companies create connected devices that track health metrics or help improve health well-being. In addition, the average number of investors across all health technology categories is 374.
For this quarter’s funding analysis, let’s examine how average funding in the health technology sector is evolving. The graphic below shows the health technology average funding across all deals over time by quarter.
As the graphic demonstrates, health technology average funding deal size in Q1 2019 was at $42M, which increased by 30% from the $32M last quarter. The average funding deal size has demonstrated strong upward growth, with the average funding last quarter around 5 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $1B round into Verily, a $500M round into Clover Health, and a $299M round into BridgeBio.
This blog post examines the different components of the health technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.
Digital Medical Devices is The Largest Health Technology Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 2,334 health technology startups into 22 categories. They have raised $88B from 3,843 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that Digital Medical Devices is the largest category with 324 companies. These companies build IT-enabled medical and diagnostic devices for doctors. These devices include detection equipment, monitoring equipment, and surgical tools. Some example companies include Signostics, MediBeacon, Stimwave, and AliveCor.
Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out the funding and maturity of these categories in relation to one another.
The Pioneers Quadrant Has the Most Health Technology Categories
Our Innovation Quadrant divides the health technology categories into four different quadrants.
We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most number of health technology categories at 13, accounting for 59% of all health technology categories. The EHR/EMR category has the highest average age, and the Genomics category has the highest average funding. On the other hand, the Fitness Apps and the Gamification categories are low on both average funding and age.