In a business climate in which caution and proven outcomes dominate, Bassil Dahiyat, Ph.D., is a daring and enthusiastic exception to the rule. Risk is not a word that frightens the young entrepreneur.
He founded his own company, Xencor Inc., directly after completing his Ph.D., based on the protein design automation he helped develop for his thesis. With no experience, Dr. Dahiyat went about learning the new language of business.
“I wasn’t shy about reaching out and asking for help from people who had started biotech companies before me, from the people who I ran into, from patent lawyers, corporate lawyers, investors, the board directors I managed to secure early on,” he says. “I got a lot of help from a lot of people but it was still very much a challenge, learning on the fly…
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