Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q1 2007
We present another installment of our quarterly review of dealmaking-for January-March 2007. Our data comes from Windhover's Strategic Transactions Database, which covers deal activity within the pharmaceutical/biotechnology, medical device, and in vitro diagnostics and research industries.
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