San Diego Venture Funding Drops in QI—But Here are Top 10 Deals

The pace of venture capital funding slowed substantially in San Diego during the first quarter, with venture firms investing $253.5 million in 21 startups, according to data from the MoneyTree Report.

The amount of capital invested in San Diego was down by almost a third from the same quarter in 2015, when VCs provided over $373 million to 23 startup companies, according to MoneyTree data.

First-quarter venture activity also was down by 28 percent in comparison with the prior quarter, when VCs invested over $352 million in 26 deals.

The MoneyTree Report is prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.

Acutus Medical, a Carlsbad, CA-medical device company, closed the quarter’s single biggest deal in the region in late March—raising $75 million to advance its technology for diagnosing and treating irregular heartbeats. Nine of the 21 deals in San Diego involved biotech or medical equipment companies.

The top 10 San Diego deals, based on MoneyTree data, are:

Acutus Medical$75 millionHeart rhythm technology company.
Zavante Therapeutics$45.7 millionBiopharmaceutical.
Figtree$30 millionClean energy financing
Bio Theranostics$20 millionMedical diagnostics and equipment.
Source 44$17.5 millionSoftware used in supply chain management
Effector Therapeutics$16 millionBiopharmaceutical
Mindtouch$12 millionSoftware used to manage training manuals and other “help content.”
Thesan Pharmaceuticals$9.5 millionBiopharmaceutical
Amplyx Pharmaceuticals$8.7 millionAnti-fungal drug development
Bird Rock Bio$5 millionBiologic drug development


Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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