One thing Ilya Mazo, co-founder and acting president of bioinformatics startup Ariadne Genomics, learned from his three years at InforMax is that size matters. “If you want to be successful in this area, you have to stay small,” he says. In fact if InforMax had realized its dream of becoming a large, dominating, successful corporation, Ariadne would probably not exist: Its four co-founders, Mazo along with Alexander Nikitin, Sergei Egorov, and Nikolai Daraselia, are all refugees from InforMax’s downfall. The lesson?

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