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My first job was as a Production Biochemist at Collaborative Research (now part of BD Biosciences). Having no practical experience in protein purification, other than in my college courses, I was delighted to learn the protocols for transforming a mush of homogenized mouse submaxillary glands into vials of epithelial growth factor used by researchers all over the world to help cure cancer. After about a year, I asked my boss “So, why did you hire me?”  He answered something like you went to a good college and you come across as a quic...

Last year was a banner year for the life science industry. The IPO market was hotter than almost anyone predicted. In fact there were 52 IPOs in the United States which collectively raised approximately $7 billion. This was a spectacular jump up from the previous year with only 16 IPOs  and $1. 1B raised. Global Mergers and acquisitions were up too from $108.9B in 2012 to $131. 8B in 2013. This includes the high visibility acquisition of Life Technologies by ThermoFisher Scientific for $13. 6B. Private financing was still challenging...

Early in my career, I decided to leave my sales management position with a stable multi-national company to join a fast growing, risky start-up in California. Fortunately, the move from Pharmacia (now GE Healthcare) to Applied Biosystems (now Thermo) was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Though Applied Biosystems eventually played a major role in the success of the Human Genome Project, my decision to join was made long before that project had gained any real momentum. Many start-ups have similar revolutionary plans, but not...

What do self-driving cars and prevention genomics have in common?  Both are projects within Google X, a clandestine facility and offshoot of Google Inc. that aims to advance technology in significant ways. Google X Life Sciences is their latest endeavor and  the Baseline Study is the first project. The focus is in medical genetics to develop a base-line model of the healthy human body, as opposed to mapping diseases, which has been the aim of many previous studies. They are collecting a broad spectrum of data, including how the study...

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