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Innovative Devices

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Drug Discovery Tools; Drug Delivery; Pulmonary. Innovative Devices has developed a capsule which collects absorption information throughout the GI tract to help drug developers target drugs to the appropriate site in the body. The company also developed a dry-powder inhaler and a breath-activated metered dose inhaler for pulmonary drug delivery.

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