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Start-Up Quarterly Statistics, Q3 2008

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Start-Up analyzes fundraising and alliances among emerging companies in the biopharmaceutical, medical device and in vitro diagnostics segments from July through September 2008. Data comes from FDC-Windhover's Strategic Transactions Database.

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