Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q3 2005
In this issue, we present another installment of our quarterly review of dealmaking for July-September 2005. Our data comes from Windhover's Strategic Intelligence Systems, which covers deal activity within the pharmaceutical/biotechnology, medical device, and in vitro diagnostics industries
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