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Skyline Ventures

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

At a time when venture capital is increasingly becoming the domain of very large funds, Skyline Ventures is something of an anomaly; a firm that looks to take health care companies at their infancy and help build them to the point where they can attract major venture backing.

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