Amir Belson: Stealth Medtech Entrepreneur
Amir Belson is among the most prolific device entrepreneurs in the industry today, having launched a dozen companies in the past 12 years. Not as well-known as other physician-inventors, he combines an aggressive IP strategy with an innovative approach to early-stage financing to launch companies in a variety of clinical spaces.
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