The Wall Street Journal runs an article profiling multimillionaire and melanoma patient Jay Tenenbaum and the company he founded, CollabRx, to get patients involved in helping develop therapeutics faster and for less money than the process currently takes. The projects that CollabRx takes on are called "virtual biotechs," according to the story, "because they aim to replicate many of the steps typically taken as part of a pharmaceutical or biotech company's search for a new drug."

 

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