LONDON, May 20, 2020
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LONDON, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimum Strategic Communications (Optimum), the international strategic healthcare communications firm, today announces results of its survey of European Venture Capital (VC) investors and the impact of COVID-19 on the Healthcare Sector. The survey held in May 2020 includes responses from 24 of the most influential European VCs, investing approximately EUR 15.5 billion in aggregate in the Healthcare Sector. Of these, six have recently raised new funds totalling circa EUR 2 billion in 2019/20.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in ways that were impossible to predict just a few months ago. The backdrop of limited face-to-face meetings and travel has affected levels of due diligence, raising the question of how this will impact investments in the Healthcare Sector.
The survey findings show there is a substantial amount of money available for investment in European companies and investors are seeking and reviewing new opportunities. Crucially, the survey reveals how it is strategically important for companies to adapt to the new 'virtual norm' to ensure that they are communicating a strong and compelling investment story. Now more than ever, clear and open communication, local connections and investor syndicates will be in focus.
In addition to the marked impact of COVID-19 on business and operational activities in the Healthcare sector, our findings reveal:
Commenting on the survey, Mary Clark, Managing Director, Optimum Strategic Communications, said:
"The pandemic has brought the Healthcare Sector into the spotlight like never before. Governments and the general public now realise the importance of innovation and healthcare. While companies are facing disruption and adjusting to the new normal, it is important to take stock of the business, your assets and employees and plan for the period ahead.
"There is more money available for investment in European healthcare companies than ever before. Investors are proactively looking for new investments and many are expecting to devote more time to new investment ideas. Whilst it is going to be harder to meet potential investors and/or industry partners face-to-face, investors will be looking at independent information sources such as the media or peer reviewed journals. It is essential to ensure that your story is known and to create a buzz and excitement around what you are doing. Now more than ever, European companies need to be communicating a strong and compelling investment story to ensure that they are on the radar and followed closely by the investment community."
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About Optimum Strategic Communications
Optimum Strategic Communications is an international strategic healthcare communications firm which specialises in investor relations, corporate and financial communications. Our senior team of healthcare specialists are experienced and trusted advisors to some of the world's most exciting public and private companies, both large and small, across pharmaceuticals, medtech, biotech, health tech and healthcare services.
Over the last 20 years we have worked with over 200 healthcare companies, advising them on financial communications and investor relations, including major corporate activity such as fundraising, IPOs, and M&A, as well as corporate reputation and crisis scenarios.
We have an exceptional network of contacts across the international investment community in Europe and the US; contacts we have built and maintained over the last two decades. Our team includes ex-fund managers and equity analysts, scientists and financial and corporate communications specialists.
We specialise in developing clear outcome driven strategies with tailored communications programmes to help clients achieve their business goals. Our experience of analysing, investing and writing about healthcare companies uniquely enables us to help our clients build a compelling investment story. While our knowledge of the global healthcare industry, combined with in-depth research and analysis, enables us to provide our clients with informed and creative advice.
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