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Darwin Molecular, Inc.???

higginss at VAX.CS.HSCSYR.EDU higginss at VAX.CS.HSCSYR.EDU
Mon Jul 1 12:09:01 EST 1996

More on Darwin Molecular...

They are a privately held company with an evaluation around $100 mill. U.S.
(the evaluation is 3rd hand) located in Bothell, WA (206) 489-8000.  The 
scientific advisory board is (or was in '94) Eric Davidson - CIT, John 
Essigman - MIT, Leroy Hood - UW, Gerald Joyce - UCSD, Lawrence Loeb - UW 
and Julius Rebek - MIT. The board is (also as of '94) Paul Allen - 
Asymetrix/Starwave/Interval Research/Portland Tail Blazers/Mirosoft, 
Ronald Cape - Cetus(up to the merge with Chiron)/Neutrogena, Lloyd Cotsen 
- Neutrogena/Sunrise Medical, David Galas(VP) - Human Genome Project, Bill 
Gates - Microsoft, Mark Pearson (Pres./CEO) - DuPont Merck and George 
Rathman - ICOS/Amgen/Abbott.

Based on 3rd hand information, Darwin Molecular is in the process of 
buying patents on in vitro evolution/directed evolution and self 
assembling systems.

S. Higgins
higginss at vax.cs.hscsyr.edu
SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse

On Mon, 1 Jul 1996, Keith Robison wrote:

> Darwin is the biotech which a certain William Gates has backed
> heavily.  They are apparently using a combination of in vitro evolution,
> combinatoric chemistry, and genomics to develop pharmaceuticals.
> A number of other companies are using evolutionary techniques to develop
> drugs (e.g. Affymax).
> Hope this helps...
> Keith Robison
> Harvard University
> Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
> Department of Genetics 
> robison at mito.harvard.edu 

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