Who Needs an Office?

New biotech companies with lean budgets are foregoing having their own offices and labs, the Wall Street Journal reports.

These days, the Journal says, startup companies have lean budgets and can't afford to build out new labs to house their own scientific teams. Alkeus Pharmaceuticals' Leonide Saad, for instance, holds meetings in a local Au Bon Pain or in empty classrooms at MIT.

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