In an atmosphere where startup failure is more common than startup success, the lean startup movement arose to allow startups to move forward more nimbly and with less risk. 

But what about healthcare startups? Can the lean startup approach help them too? A methodology centered around experimentation and iterative development might seem to be a poor fit in more risk-averse fields like healthcare where patients' lives hang in the balance between the need for new treatments and the intense testing and regulation needed.

Yet even in healthcare, an industry that simultaneously depends on innovation and is intensely focused on driving down risk, the lean startup movement is gaining ground.

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