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Healthy Prognosis for Diagnostic and Imaging Companies

This article was originally published in Start Up

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Investors in diagnostics and imaging companies are watching the values of their stakes rise following strong IPOs.

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Highlights from the Q4 2007 review of medical device and in vitro diagnostics/research dealmaking: there was a boost in medical device acquisitions--with patient monitoring in particular, which accounted for about half the total of this period--capping off an impressive year in medtech M&A activity. Of note in the in vitro diagnostics/research space was glucose monitoring, which brought in 60% of the total GM segment's $160 million in financing for the entire year.

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