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Mike Ward

London, UK
Mike has been writing, analysing and commenting on the life sciences industry for more than 30 years as a journalist and investment bank analyst. He has focused on business models, R&D strategies and how to finance innovation, and is often called upon by the industry's key stakeholders to provide thought leadership. In 2010 he was named European Mediscience Commentator of the Year and has appeared on the shortlist for that award on numerous occasions. When not commentating on all things pharma, Mike is engaged actively in pub quizzes, either as a competitor or a compiler. He is also a qualified FA soccer coach.
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Wellington Partners Maintains Medtech Interests With New €210M Eurocentric Fund WPLS-V

While other venture capitalists are curbing their efforts in medtech, Wellington Partners intends to maintain its support for the sector earmarking about half of its new €210m WPLS-V fund for European medtech opportunities.

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Wellington Partners Unveils €210m Eurocentric Biotech/Medtech Fund WPLS-V

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