Usually, the path from proteomics startup to drug discovery company involves setting up deals to test lead compounds for big pharma. But Merrimack Pharmaceuticals has elected to skip the service stage, and to develop its own lead compounds before knocking on pharma’s door. With a compound currently in clinical trials in the UK and two recent Phase I SBIR grants under its belt, Merrimack is betting that it can make this strategy work.

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