Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and a Facebook investor, is also interested in biotech, especially in companies that can methodically put their ideas into practice, writes Antonio Regalado at MIT's Technology Review. Too often, Thiel says, companies wind up spending a lot of money trying to come up with drugs that may not even work.

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