Tech and life science companies have raised nearly $1 billion in fundraising in 2019. Medical office device companies led the fundraising activity, with Axonics Modulation raising $127 million, Laboratory for Advanced Medicine raising $86 million, and Swift Health Systems raising $45 million. The activity is a sign that medical device companies are growing as a result of their location between San Diego and Los Angeles.

“The medical device market is experimental by nature, so fundraising is the oxygen to the lifeblood that is innovation, Scott Wetzel, EVP at JLL, tells “Orange County has a long-standing history of innovation in the medical device sector and is home to companies like Edwards Life sciences, Abbot Laboratories, Glidewell, Johnson & Johnson and ICU Medical. Orange County’s healthy medtech foundation has paved the way for a bright future.”

The growth of these firms and this fundraising activity, which will inevitably fuel future growth, is translating into big wins for the real estate office market. “Medtech companies contributed to 500,000-plus square feet of new leasing in 2019.  And this doesn’t factor in the 25,000-plus employees who work in Orange County,” says Wetzel. “We expect these numbers to follow the money. The US saw $130 billion in venture capital investments in 2019, surpassing $100 billion for the second year in a row. And medtech gobbles up a significant portion of this money.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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