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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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March 6, 2014

Biggest US Cities for Biopharma Funding, Versus Whole Continents.

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FierceBiotech has their roundup of the top areas of the US for venture capital funding in biopharma in 2013, and naturally, San Francisco and the Boston area are fighting it out for the top spot. But Oakland the the east Bay region are in a separate category, and if those are wrapped into the rest of SF, the whole Bay area wins out by a pretty good margin.

But, as was pointed out by Nick Taylor on Twitter, San Francisco (not even counting Oakland, etc.) and Boston together raised more biopharma VC funding than all of Europe put together.(See slide 10 here). SF raised $1.15 billion, and Boston $0.93, while all of Europe was about $1.9 billion.

And then there's the rest of the Bay area, San Diego, Seattle, NY/NJ/Philadelphia, the Research Triangle and everyone else. In medical research, the US is the startup capital of the world.

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1. Smith-Ewart Kinetics on March 6, 2014 4:46 PM writes...

So basically, this map is 'We hate College Football.' But are sort of okay with Tobacco Road basketball.

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2. Anonymous on March 6, 2014 4:50 PM writes...

But is there a correlation to Drug Discovery capital of the world??

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3. Derek Freyberg on March 6, 2014 6:00 PM writes...

As a Bay Area resident, I can't think why FierceBiotech would split the Bay Area between San Francisco and Oakland, unless to reduce the size of the "SF" piece. Besides, how many VCs or VC-funded biotech companies are actually in SF and not down the Peninsula somewhere?

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4. drug_hunter on March 6, 2014 10:56 PM writes...

I'm from the Hub of the Universe but I bet that in 10 years NYC will have moved pretty far up the list and will be giving Boston & SF a run for their money.

And in 10 years what non-USA regions will be competitive, if any?

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5. drug_hunter on March 7, 2014 7:13 AM writes...

I'm from the Hub of the Universe but I bet that in 10 years NYC will have moved pretty far up the list and will be giving Boston & SF a run for their money.

And in 10 years what non-USA regions will be competitive, if any?

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6. entropyGain on March 7, 2014 9:58 AM writes...

Really hate that VC $ is our shorthand for success. Then again not sure what the right one is. INDs?

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7. Randy West on March 7, 2014 10:04 AM writes...

Only the us.....maybe china but biotech in Europe is dead do to the populist culture and lack of rewarding innovation...... we in Europe are becoming more and more like the 20th century motor company.....

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8. simpl on March 7, 2014 10:51 AM writes...

The VC link is a miserable effort to show the size and geographical distribution of biotech R&D in Europe. It seems that other funding is important.
It reminds me of efforts 20 years ago to explain why the Chinese economy was so small - the economists were not looking in the right places.

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9. Anon on March 7, 2014 12:16 PM writes...

It would be interesting to see a map of approved drugs that originated from a startup.
ROI to the shareholder would also be interesting, but that can be hard to track with people exiting at different times and certain region (cough SF) being better at hyping and overvaluing.

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10. Anonymous on March 7, 2014 3:13 PM writes...

Indeed#9 measure of success should be money coming out, not money going in.

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