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Following the Money in Medical Devices

Executive Summary

Venture capitalists might cry poor, but, in fact, many leading firms have raised new funds over the past year, pooling more than $1.5 billion for medical device investments. The only question facing entrepreneurs and executives is: are they buying what you’re selling?

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