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A Startup is Born


Ever wonder how many business ideas and new partnerships could trace their genesis back to TIGR’s annual genomics conference? When a lightbulb went on this year, the originators of a bright idea wasted no time. The four founders of DysFunctional Genomics (see photo) pulled together a senior management team and launched a public relations campaign before they left Miami.


Chief Operating Officer

Doug Bigwood

(nee: Bioinformatics Director, Bayer)


Says strategy is to conduct expression profiling to determine differential between functional and dysfunctional humans. Gambling that “underlying molecular basis of dysfunctionality will provide clues about genome-industry behavior.”

Corporate Communications Director Steve Lincoln

(nee: VP.Bioinformatics R&D, Incyte Genomics)


Says he’s cutting and pasting from business plans of “existing dysfunctional genomics companies and using a lot of 50-cent words.”

Marketing Director, Roger Wiegand

(nee: VP Technology Acquisition, Cereon Genomics)


Admits business plan is “still a bit sketchy.” Can’t recall marketing strategy — “you’ve caught me a bit flatfooted.” Estimates need for $100 million in startup capital. Says venture “absolutely” aspires to go public.

Chief Scientific Officer, Dave Schubring

(nee: Sr. Systems Administrator, Incyte Genomics)


Not available for comment. COO Bigwood says, “Dave has no idea what we’re talking about. He’s really the computer guy.”

Operations Director, Chris Marcazzo

(nee: Product Marketing Director, Lion Bioscience)


Will oversee Falkland Islands and Cuzco, Peru facilities. According to business plan: “Sheep are useful model organism for studies of genomic-industry investor behavior.”

Chairman, Todd Smith

(nee: President, Geospiza)


Explains choice to finance startup with his credit card: “I don’t know these people. I was recruited by the communications guy. But they’re a top-notch team with a proven track record.” Will measure company’s success by quality of freebies it distributes at GSAC 2001.


The Scan

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Additional Genes

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Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.