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MCRA Helps Small Spine Companies

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Clinical trials strategies, particularly in the medical device industry, can confer an important competitive advantage to a company-or present a stumbling block that costs time, money, and markets. This is particularly true in orthopedics, where development lead times stretch into years. In hip, knee, and spine surgery, companies with new technologies can enjoy first-mover advantages that let them dominate markets for five, even ten years, but market delays can undercut such advantages. That's why Viscogliosi Brothers LLC, a venture capital firm/merchant bank focused exclusively on the musculoskeletal industries, recently formed Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisors LLC (MCRA), a firm that aims to help orthopedics start-ups develop and execute clinical research strategies.

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