Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
Safeguard Scientifics' goal is to nurture investments, not protect Poindexters in a lab. The firm invests in growth-stage health care and technology ventures with prospects for growth. It focuses on companies involved in the development of diagnostics, medical devices, regenerative medicine, specialty pharmaceuticals, new media, and financial services and health care information technology. Safeguard Scientifics has significant minority stakes in about 20 companies; holdings include specialty pharmaceutical maker NuPathe, medical billing firm AdvantEdge Healthcare, and PixelOptics, a maker of electronically focusing prescription eyeglasses.