The Day Lion Was King


At 7 am on August 11, about 200 Lion Bioscience staffers, friends, and family, wearing plastic wristbands and corporate-blue baseball caps, piled into buses in the company’s parking lot in Heidelberg and set out on the Autobahn to Frankfurt.

It was IPO day and everybody was invited. Thure Etzold, inventor of Lion’s SRS product, jetted back from a vacation in Cuba for the event, as did seven UK staffers, and six from the US.

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