On a Thursday spring evening in Martinsried, Germany, Klaus Heumann is off to the biergarten after work. Unlike many of his bioinformatics industry peers, the 34-year-old CEO of Biomax seems to have few worries. Sure, the economy is generally unfavorable, he acknowledges, but his privately held software company, which experienced “dramatic” growth between 1998 and 2001, is still on an upward curve. “We’re not in a boom phase, but we still grew our revenue in 2002,” Heumann says.

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