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Focal Seals its Fate

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Investors in biomedical stocks are a tough crowd. They want to see current revenue streams and a pipeline of large-market products. Unfortunately, surgical sealant developer Focal Inc. provided neither to a sufficient degree. In early May, Focal agreed to merge into Genzyme Biosurgery in a stock swap transaction. The modest purchase price of $12 million bears witness to the fact that Focal simply did not do a good job of making the transition from a technology developer to a product manufacturer, at least not in the timeframe of investors.

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