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Cracking Open the IPO Window for Pre-Commercial Device Companies

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DexCom's is a bellwether IPO: if it holds its value, it could open the door for other pre-commercial device businesses. If it doesn't, it could keep it shut-as it's been since the class of 1995-96 device companies disappointed investors by missing their commercial targets.

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