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Pelikan Swoops in on the Big Four

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Following the strategy of those icons of success in the diabetes industry, Medisense and Therasense, Pelikan Technologies is executing well on its plan to develop a glucose monitoring platform that offers convience and freedom from pain, to reduce the current hurdles that prevent patients with diabetes from testing as much as they should. (Part of a group of articles that includes: "Where are They Now? Checking in on Three Glucose Monitoring Companies," "A Decade of Development of SMSI: Will it Yield Improved Accuracy in CGM?" and "GlucoLight: Making Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring Real."

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