NCI-Funded Device Start-Ups Offer Game-Changing Technologies
At the NCI SBIR 2012 Investor Forum, a select group of SBIR grant-funded emerging cancer device companies presented promising next-generation technologies poised to dramatically impact survival from a variety of cancers, including deadly lung, liver, and esophageal malignancies.
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