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Innovation economy

Start-ups working on new ways of taking medicine

The Boston biotech community shows up at work every Monday to nudge forward new treatments for diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s, and macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness.

And almost all of them will need to be delivered through the business end of a sharp needle, either just under the skin, or directly into a vein. Within the biopharma industry, this class of injectable drugs is growing faster than any other; sales are predicted to hit $200 billion by 2015, according to IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a research firm in Danbury, Conn.

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