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Afferent Strikes a Good Deal with Stryker

Executive Summary

In January, Stryker made an equity investment in neurostimulation start-up Afferent, operating in stroke rehabilitation. The deal is part of Stryker's growth plans to invest in emerging markets that are adjacent to core business segments. For Afferent, the partnership is validation of its unique platform, which stimulates afferent (incoming) rather than efferent (outgoing) nerve centers.

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