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Carlyle Expands Device Venture Finance Group

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When most industry people hear of The Carlyle Group, they think of it exclusively as a buyout group, and indeed leveraged buyouts are an important part of the global private equity firm's business. But many are surprised to learn that Carlyle has a venture and growth capital operation that maintains a strong commitment to investing in the medical device sector.

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