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European Cost Concerns May Impact Devices

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Medical device makers may have more difficult time selling in Europe than they'd anticipated as concerns over the economy and costs take hold, according to one analysis.

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China has become especially enticing as an unpenetrated, gigantic health care market, especially since the government in 2009 signed into effect a health care reform bill promising $125 billion over a three-year period to modernize the infrastructure of health care and provide insurance coverage to hundreds of millions of people. Medical device companies look to China as an enormous and rapidly growing market for medical disposables and equipment. However, the complex nature of the distribution infrastructure in China will make it difficult for companies to get a foothold. Headquartered in Beijing, TCT Medical Inc., which recently received $10 million in venture funding from Fidelity Asia Ventures and Fidelity Biosciences, its sister firm in the US, offers a potential solution for companies focused on women's health, and a model for the future.

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