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As far as research institutes go, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute had an unusual birth. First established in 1999 and formalized with its own building in 2001, the institute was formed as part of a statewide economic development program. "The idea was really to support Delaware's economy by promoting life science type businesses and healthcare," says Kelvin Lee, who took over as director of the institute last fall. "Historically, Delaware has been a base initially for the chemical industry [and later] the credit card industry.

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