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9/18/2010 00:49 AM EDT
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ChrisChin
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ChrisChin   5/15/2012 7:12:29 AM
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I guess the VCs needed more insurance to stay in the industry, and decided to bail out because they donít see staying on as being a viable investment for them. Hopefully, the new regulations will help to prevent the industry from collapsing without the funds that it needs. Chris - http://americanvisitorinsurance.com

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Neo10   9/21/2010 9:50:11 AM
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Why has the regulations increased recently, is it because of real health concerns or some bureaucratic hogwash? I can understand the VCs behavior but does the FDA act in the best interest of the people or wants more control in how things are done? The process of approval is so long drawn out that many companies need to have something in the market already to sustain the delay, no wonder this put's off many entrepreneurs.

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Cerberus   9/21/2010 12:34:59 AM
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Obamacare will squeeze health care providers like never before, raise insurance costs and cause millions to have to drop their private health care insurance in favor of a government plan which will provide less advanced technology to cure new diseases, since it's more expensive. To provide medical care to 33 million more people, it obvious something must be cut from those already paying for care. Just another part of his redistribution of (your and my) wealth. And anybody wonders why VCs are walking (if not running) away from investing in advanced technologies that would need to be sold into the health care industry? Would you invest your money into one of the President's projects?

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elPresidente   9/20/2010 7:27:19 PM
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How Republican of you to make this a partisan issue and slam a program that actually INCREASES the number of people who'd actually BUY these medical devices because they'd have insurance - well in excess of that piddly 2.5% excise tax you have a tantrum over. This problem has NOTHING to do with excise tax, it has to do with stealing American retirement funds and sending them to China, as well as the jobs and innovation (if the Chinese can indeed innovate, versus simply steal). All under the guise of regulation that keeps that pacemeker in your chest from stalling out the next time junior turns on his iPad. China has no such regs, since people are expendable in that society...you know, like Democrats are to you here.

elPresidente
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elPresidente   9/20/2010 7:21:27 PM
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...and this is all a surprise all of a sudden? How naive.

alan.varghese
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alan.varghese   9/20/2010 7:14:50 PM
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I can understand the attitude of the health-care VCs. They are used to market and technology risk; but in the medical devices industry, you have regulatory & legal roadblocks which are very different challenges. You are at the mercy of a governmental body whose timeframes/priorities are very different than private industry. It is almost like - in other industries - being asked to get USPTO (Patent office) approval before going to market. That would curb a lot of industry interest. Considering their resource limitations, what the FDA ought to do is publicize a list of health areas ordered by priority where there is a lot of patient demand, and outline clear steps for devices to get to market. VCs can then get a clearer picture of their particular portfolios, and the risks/reward involved.

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elPresidente   9/20/2010 7:13:39 PM
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VCs are exiting anything that is not designed and made in China. The regs excuses are merely a ruse to justify VCs revectoring away from the USA, and Europe, to China - aka "unregulated" market. Try and call on a VC these days and when you'd like to schedule a meeting you'll get "(s)he is in China". The sellout of America continues, where our own retirement funds are now subsidizing domestic job and innovation kills and outsourcing via the VCs' management of returns to those retirement funds. Someone needs to yank their collective chains....

rick merritt
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rick merritt   9/20/2010 2:58:37 PM
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@Kiran: Agreed the process needs to get streamlined, but there are many, many small and medium sized medical electroncis companies out there. Many are choosing to focus only on Europe an Asia--at least in their early stages.

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elctrnx_lyf   9/20/2010 6:45:47 AM
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There is only space for big companies. The time and the amount of money involved to get the product out for customers is really big. I think it is the time that government should have a special committee to rethink the strategy for the future. The whole system needs to be made to work faster and more efficient.

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goafrit   9/19/2010 12:03:17 AM
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It is capitalism. No one blames them. However, that void will be met if some great ideas are there. It does not matter that many VCs want to exit, but in reality America will still support its best ideas. If not China will. Healthcare is no different than what is done in Europe and it is time America lives in the present.

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