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A Decade after the Fall, Device Exits Rise Again

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The long era of suffering and lack of exits from medical device investments is finally over. For three straight years, public investors and strategic acquirers have shown a insatiable appetite for medical device companies with products and revenue. A panel of experts speaking at Windhover's recent audio conference Find the Right Exit: What Public Markets and Strategic Acquirers Will Offer in 2007 say the good times show no signs of ending, although risks do exist.

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