The myth of the big score

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“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” Zen proverb The big score.  The end-goal that seemingly attracts so many individuals in the pursuit of what they do. Within medtech I come across stories of entrepreneurs … Continue reading

Hologic buys Gen-Probe for $3.8bn: Is it a good deal for investors?

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Hologic’s acquisition of Gen-Probe for $3.8 billion was first reported in April and closed two days ago on 1st August. Was it a good deal for investors, and who did well from it? Emphasizing both strategic and financial rationals, the … Continue reading

6 ways to incentivize your medtech team

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When working to build an entrepreneurial medtech venture, life can be an emotional and exciting rollercoaster. As an entrepreneur, one of your biggest jobs is to build a team that performs. How do you keep your team motivated? As I … Continue reading

How virtual can your medtech startup be?

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At least once a week I get drawn into a discussion about how virtual a medtech company can be – from its early stages right through to regulatory approval and even market launch. So, this post explores a few opportunities … Continue reading

£180 million Biomedical Catalyst: What do you need to know?

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This week I attended a regenerative medicine event in London, organized by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Amongst some very interesting speakers, workshops and informal small group networking, there was discussion about the UK £180 million Biomedical Catalyst. What do … Continue reading

Grow your competitive advantage through Khan Academy

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“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” As medtech specialists we spend our time working in a tough, competitive environment. Rewards are not distributed equally – the lions share goes to the winners, and the rest to everyone else. Are there … Continue reading

Corporate VCs v VC firms: Are your investors aligned?

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Corporate venture capital “is the investment of corporate funds directly in external start-up companies” (Wikipedia). As a medtech entrepreneur raising funds, you should know about them. They are an extremely valuable source of VC funding for your company. But they … Continue reading

When Neopolitan Beats Vanilla: What Specialist Medtech Investors can Learn from Generalists

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Many investors are specialists. Indeed, specialism in something is usually the way to excel at whatever is your choosing. But can it lead to challenges (e.g. tunnel vision), and is there a way to overcome the specialist’s curse? I’ve spent … Continue reading

What’s the Hidden Value in TEVA’s Stock?

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Last week I added Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Symbol: TEVA) to my stock portfolio, at a price of $44.40. It’s not medtech, but it’s still within my chosen niche area of healthcare, and offers many of the traits I look for … Continue reading

15 Lessons from a Medtech Entrepreneur

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Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a medtech entrepreneur building a company developing some fascinating and game-changing technology. The company is Ranier Technology based in Cambridge, UK and Dr Geoffrey Andrews is the founder and CEO. Ranier are developing … Continue reading