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The Comparative Advantages of Medical Device Investing

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Given the currently dismal valuations of public biotechnology companies and with no near-term expectation of an upturn in investor appetites, venture funds are increasingly interested in medical device investing thanks to their lower capital costs and likely exits via acquisitions. Answer: Yes. A hostile public market environment reminds one of the many advantages of investing in medical device companies.

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