Eleven stories up, in the heart of New York City's fashion district, on a floor shared with a clothing designer, there's not an inch to squeeze another cubicle into ProteoMetrics' 17-person headquarters.

"We thought we would grow in a wise way within our means," says company chairman Brian Chait. But that is no longer an option for the software vendor, which got its start four years ago with an NIH small- business grant. Where there's a trend, there is often a crowd.

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