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"Early on, we were faced with multiple strategic opportunities. EDF's input and perspective played a pivotal role in guiding us in the right direction. The firm has proven to be extremely supportive on a daily basis, and the 'been there, done that' backgrounds of the partners has been instrumental to our success."
Tom Roueche
CEO
BioSurface Engineering Technologies

"EDF has been an indispensable partner to our company. In addition to capital, they've provided great value in terms of expertise, contacts, networking and professional management."
Charles Nelson
Founder and CTO
Sonoma Orthopedic Products

"EDF has offered our team ongoing strategic guidance and positive support without ever slowing down our product development progress. They've demonstrated a deep understanding of what is important to our success and have helped us remain true to our vision-developing innovative medical devices."
Randy Lashinski
Founder and CTO
Direct Flow Medical

"EDF has a strong, seasoned team and the partners clearly understand and embrace their role as an active, value-added investor."
Ted Alexander
Managing Partner
Mission Ventures

"The folks at EDF are honest and straight forward, and they tell you what you need to hear. They're highly accessible and their guidance has been invaluable. If you are going to work this hard, work with people you like and respect."
Bernie Lyons
CEO
Direct Flow Medical

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"From a co-investor's standpoint, I want partners who can make good decisions quickly and who are good people to work with. EDF gets high marks in both of those areas."
Mitch Dann
Principal
Sapient Capital

"EDF gets very involved with management to help shape and grow successful companies, and their deep operational experience is critical to this process. This is exactly the kind of co-investor we look for."
Jeani Delagardelle
Managing Director
New Leaf Ventures

"We see EDF as a loyal, supportive and high integrity investor. They are a refreshing difference from venture firms on the coasts. And to knowledgeable entrepreneurs, that really means something."
Werner Sievers
CEO
Zyray Wireless

"We wanted EDF involved because of their local presence and because of the firm's deep experience in our industry. By having them in our backyard, we are able to sit down and talk through strategic issues face-to-face."
Bill Brinkerhoff
COO
Cerenis Therapeutics

"We selected EDF over others because they understood what it would take to truly add value to a startup. Their hands-on assistance in strategy formation, business development and operational execution has been a critical factor in our success."
Richard Earley
CEO
Arxan Technologies

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"As board members, EDF partners use a mature, positive style to encourage strategic focus and to confront tough issues proactively. They do their homework, communicate clearly and, when appropriate, are generous with their time to help work through complex problems."
Thomas Thomas
President and CEO
Creative Solutions

"EDF's role as an early investor and chairman of IntraLase has been a major factor in the success of the company. As a co-investor and board member, I deeply value their leadership, commitment, attention to detail and hands-on management of strategic and operational issues."
Gilbert Kliman
General Partner
InterWest Partners

"Deal structure is extremely important to attracting a second round of investors. When EDF structures a deal, it is equal to any top-quality venture deal in the US. With EDF, you are getting a world-class team."
Allen Alley
Chairman
PixelWorks

"EDF is a great investor and partner with us because of their proven understanding of what it takes to grow a software product and Internet services company in today's environment."
Robert Nero
CEO
Sircon Corporation

"EDF is the senior technology group in Michigan and its longevity is a testament to its partners' ability to help young companies with strategy, organizational growth and fundraising."
Chris Rizik
SVP, Operations
Ardesta

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"EDF is THE premier early-stage venture firm in Michigan. I have come to value not only their local presence but also their sound judgment, good advice to management and steadiness under fire."
Robert Pavey
General Partner
Morgenthaler Ventures

"EDF is a roll-up-the-sleeves, hands-on, value-added group that really understands seed capital. In the current environment where syndicate partners really matter, EDF is one of the firms we have no hesitation working with."
Clinton Bybee
Managing Director
ARCH Venture Partners

"There are comparatively few venture firms in the Midwest focusing on healthcare or the biotech industry. EDF has become highly respected for its performance in this regard, and I have learned that other major West and East coast venture firms value EDF as a co-investor and for their assessment of companies and technologies."
R. Douglas Armstrong, Ph.D.
President and CEO (retired)
Aastrom Biosciences

"Of all the venture capitalists I have worked with in my career, I have found EDF to be one of the most helpful and knowledgeable with regard to the process of starting and developing an organization."
Randy Alexander
CEO (retired)
IntraLase

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