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Traditionally, Golden Tickets lead to chocolate rivers or everlasting gobstoppers. For biotech startups, though, Golden Tickets lead to something with (potentially) fewer pitfalls: money from major pharmaceutical companies. 

On Thursday, Pfizer announced it would give two startups, Neutrolis and Mediar Therapeutics, so-called Golden Tickets to LabCentral, a noted Cambridge, Mass., biotech incubator. The tickets act as vouchers for the cost of a bench in the incubator for a year. In theory, it sounds like a grand opportunity. But in reality, what has it meant for past recipients?

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