Deals Of The Week Watches Crowdfunders Multiply Like Rabbits
VentureHealth combines the best in venture and crowdfunding, and has two exits to show for it. Plus Valeant buys Bausch & Lomb, GSK buys Okairos, AZ buys Omthera, while ThromboGenics/Array, Pfizer/UCSF, and Amgen/Astellas do deals.
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