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Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q1 2007

Executive Summary

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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European IPOs Hold Their Own

The conventional wisdom is that European biopharma IPOs lag those in the US both in number and average size, held back by fragmented markets, stingy risk-averse investors, and a lack of specialists. The wisdom's changed (or some of it, anyway).

CardioNet Turns to Hedge Funds

Hedge funds kicked in $110 million in equity bridge financing for the cardiac monitoring company.

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