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Cepheid Grapples With A Diagnostics Timetable

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Anyone looking at investing in diagnostics would do well to consider the cautionary, still-evolving tale of Cepheid as an indication of the complexities inherent in building a new diagnostic enterprise. Cepheid has more going for it than most diagnostic start-ups, including steady revenues from innovative products and an experienced management team with a proven track-record at deal-making. But it faces continual funding issues and a longer-than-expected time frame to profitability.

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