Deals Update (01/2008)
A roundup of recent medtech strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions and financings.
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An independent review of the US FDA’s food regulatory programs could renew a debate over splitting FDA into two agencies. That could be a distraction for the agency in the coming year – but it could also help keep the medical product review groups out of the political hot seat.