$8.25 of venture capital invested into healthcare companies in 2006

Healthcare companies had another good year, with venture investment increasing to $8.25 bln, up 12% over 2005, and the industry accounting for 28 of the 56 IPOs. Information services (which includes Web 2.0 companies) also had a good year with investment increasing to $2.4 bln, up 27% from 2005. Alternative energy had a substantial increase in activity with investment at $537 mln being close to three times higher than 2005, Fenwick & West says.