In the 12 years since he co-founded Commonwealth Biotechnologies — better known as CBI — Tom Reynolds has been through just about every up and down that genomics has had to offer. The former manager of a DNA core facility at Virginia Commonwealth University teamed up with three university colleagues in 1992 to launch the company. “We just decided that we’d go out into the biotech world,” he says, adding that they began “without any real startup funds — we did it out of our own pockets.”

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