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Start-Up Previews, February 2014

Executive Summary

This Month's Profile Group, Strategic Spin-Outs: Biotech Start-Ups Structure Their Progeny For Success, features profiles of Envisia Therapeutics, f-star Alpha, Onkaido Therapeutics, Seragon Pharmaceuticals, and True North Therapeutics. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Arecor, Gecko Biomedical, and MediValve.

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