Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Marian Clark

Committee Members

Ting-Heng Chu, Ke Chen


The objective of this research is to investigate temporal changes in the spatial distribution of venture capital investments to biotechnology companies within the United States. Data included venture capital to biotech investments from 1995 to 2005. Venture capital and biotech data from the Money Tree Report, were gathered, analyzed, and mapped to show if a spatial relationship exists. The research examined venture capital investments at both the individual and the aggregated levels. At the individual level, the research examined whether the amount of investments a biotech company receives are influenced by physical distance to its closest investor, number of venture capitalists, time, region, sequence, company size, stage of development, etc. The research also included an aggregated study examining the changing patterns of investments in metropolitan areas. This research further enhances knowledge on the spatial distribution of investments.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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