Start-Up Previews (5/07)
A preview of the emerging health care companies profiled in the current issue of Start-Up. This month's profile group: In Inflammation, the Indication's the Thing, features profiles of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Logical Therapeutics, Opsona Therapeutics and VLST Corp.. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Biodesy, Magenta Medical and NuLens.
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The founder of Peninsula Pharmaceuticals brought investors huge multiples fast by exploiting trans-Pacific dealmaking opportunities. He's now following the same route with Anthera Pharmaceuticals in hopes of repeating his earlier success.
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