Surgical robotic developer leads device makers in top healthcare VC deals

CMR Surgical’s Versius system console [Photo courtesy CMR Surgical]Surgical robotics developer CMR Surgical was the lone medical device maker in the 10 largest healthcare venture capital deals of 2021 in the U.S. and Europe.

That’s according to a ranking provided to Medical Design & Outsourcing by Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which recently published its annual VC analysis drawing on its own proprietary information and data from Pitchbook.

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Report: Medtech dollars, deals hit new highs in first half of 2021

Fueled at least in part by exceptionally strong IPO and M&A markets, hedge funds, venture capitalists, private equity firms and corporate investors are committing more time and money into privately held medical devices companies, according to a new “Healthcare Investments and Exits” report issued by Silicon Valley Bank.

The report examining the first half of 2021 outlines deals and dollars committed to all sectors within healthcare — while also tracking exiting opportunities for investors. An examination of the medical device portion of the report reveals many promising trends.

First, capital commitments are up. Looking at dollars raised, U.S. and European medical device startups raised $4.6 billion in the first half of this year, putting 2021 on pace to eclipse totals dollars raised in 2020 ($5.2 billion raised) and 2019 ($4.8 billion raised.) It’s worth noting that European startups accounted for 34% of the dollars raised by medical device companies, up f…

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Medtronic’s Kowal explains how remote medtech got its groove back

In this week’s DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, Dr. Robert Kowal CMO of Medtronic’s cardiac rhythm and heart failure business and vice president of medical affairs, explains how new tech, savvy patients, eager physicians and, yes, COVID-19, has fueled a renaissance for remote technology, once seen as a mature, staid business.

Kowal, who left clinical practice to join Medtronic in 2017, identifies the building blocks that have allowed companies like Medtronic to provide devices that provided essential connectivity during the ongoing pandemic.

“Five or 10 years ago we were all saying cardiac implantable devices were a mature market, not much happening,” Kowal says. “Now, between the technology, these new devices and digital interconnectivity I don’t see it as mature any more. It’s a spry, young area once again. It’s. a lot of fun to be working in it right now.”

Kowal shares stories on how connectivity migh…

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How is COVID-19 affecting medtech deals?

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Fewer medical device companies are securing their first big venture capital investments — or engaging in large mergers — amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recently released reports from Silicon Valley Bank and PwC.

The medical device industry saw 38 Series A investments worth $279 million during the first half of 2020, down from 45 deals worth $408 million during the same period a year ago, according to SVB’s new mid-year “Healthcare Investments and Exits” report.

Meanwhile, PwC reports that the volume and value of medical device M&A deals decreased during the first half of the year. There were 28 medtech M&A deals worth $1.9 billion during the first six months of 2020, versus 38 deals worth $15.4 billion during the previous six months.

The numbers are but another indication that the medical device industry is not immune to the effects of the pandemic and the re…

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