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Interview with Amar Sawhney

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In Vivo interviews device entrepreneur Amar Sawhney whose engineering background led him to Focal Inc. There Sawhney advanced important developments in sealant technology that eventually formed the basis of Confluent Surgical, the first company launched by Incept, Sawhney and fellow entrepreneur's Fred Khosravi's device incubator.

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