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Appointments: ThermiGen, ReForm Biologics, Hookipa Biotech and Faron

This week’s roundup includes high-level appointments by Almirall, Hookipa Biotech and RXi Pharmaceuticals, in addition to CEO appointments by Karolinska Development and ReForm Biologics and various board announcements by companies including Faron and Redx.

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Oakes, Lyman: Is This the Model for Building European Device Companies?

Despite outstanding clinical science, Europe has historically lagged behind the US, if not in medical device innovation, at least in device company creation. A vicious cycle of few start-ups, reluctant VCs, and a poor pool of experienced managers has kept company creation from exploding. But now former merchant bankers turned serial entrepreneurs, Herb Oakes and Dick Lyman, believe they have a better formula for starting device companies in Europe.
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Recent Dealmaking (10/2003)

Summarizing the month in European dealmaking.

Inhale Chooses the Service Path

Drug delivery has seen plenty of acquisitions-but they represent two basic philosophical approaches, represented most recently by Johnson & Johnson's purchase of Alza and Inhale's acquisition of two privately-held firms, Bradford and Shearwater. The basic question: can a service model bring significant returns to a large shareholder base or will Alza's evolution into a product company define the way forward for the industry?
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