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June 3, 2011
Another Two-Person Drug Company
It's not just the US where these single-digit-employee drug companies are going - here's an article from Cambridge (UK) on Sareum, which has two. Unfortunately, they got that way by shedding three dozen other employees, so it's not quite the same situation as I was talking about the other day, but it's interesting that the outsource-the-whole-thing model is alive in so many places.
If this is going to work, I think this is the scale it's going to work at. With a handful of people (and only one or two projects), you can keep a close eye on things, especially if you source as much of the crucial work as possible closer to home. I worry, though, that this is yet another idea that doesn't scale well, which is why I think Pfizer is asking for trouble.
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