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Starts & Stops: Small Innovators Advance Bioresorbable Stents

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Starts & Stops is a regular feature highlighting Medtech Insight editors' picks of noteworthy medtech clinical trial initiations, completions, and suspensions over the last month. This edition, which looks at trial updates from Oct. 5 through to Nov. 4, highlights the small innovators developing bioresorbable stents for cardio- and peripheral vascular disease.

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