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The Innovation Factory: Re-Tooling Device Start-Ups

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These are tough times for medical device start-ups. Now a new company offers fresh approaches to company creation and financing that reduces risk for investors and entrepreneurs. The Innovation Factory is taking a new approach to device company creation, one that leverages resources for early-stage projects and reduces risk for investors. Its goal isn't just to provide support services but to actually launch the companies.

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