Biocompatibles: The Perils of Re-Inventing a Public Company
The medical device industry is full of companies that started out focusing on one therapeutic area only to shift gears and apply their original or another technooloogy to a different clinical need. Indeed, Biocompatibles is now workiing on its third primary therapeutic areas--cancer--having previously sold off its first two businesses, in ophthalmology and then, convinced it was too far behind in drug-eluting stents, cardiovascular. This new growth area is being driven by the company's general expertise in polymer technology and drug delivery.
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Biocompatibles has re-invented itself a third time, exiting traditional device markets for riskier drug-device convergence plays in oncology and stroke, clinical areas dominated by drug therapy. This move has caught drug companies' attention clinically, but will Big Pharma validate Biocompatibles' strategy commercially?
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