Discovery: The Soul of Biotech, the Place For True Believers, and a Retro Way to Bring it Back
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What if all of the above “what-if’s” were possible? Then you would have a company like North Coast Biologics. Nothing fancy – just filling a need both financially and spiritually in such a way that everybody wins.
My goal is to start this paradigm shift that satisfies my need to discover, creates value for everyone involved, creates jobs for our lagging Seattle biotech hub, and brings back a little idealism that we had in the very beginning – from the guys in the leaky warehouse to the enthusiasm of George Rathmann, the Zen of former Icos scientist Patrick Gray, to the determination of Carl Weissman.
In an Xconomy Forum piece a responder quoted Robert Noyce, the founder of Intel, as saying “Look around who the heroes are. They aren’t lawyers, nor are they even so much the financiers. They’re the guys who start companies.” I believe this now because in the last few months, I’ve met many former founders in our biotech community and I’ve met others who can and want to be founders. And these people are heroes in my view. They are my heroes and I’m flattered and grateful to share the founder title with them. Because of our collective passion and willingness to take on new approaches to solving problems, I have a strong sense that tells me I won’t be alone in this new, unconventional approach.