Richard Gayle, former employee of Immunex, formed a new startup in April called SpreadingScience, as reported by this article in xconomy. The new company is a social networking site for biologists in the pharmaceutical industry. Some individuals speculate that the lack of this kind of forum thus far has been a result of secrecy that pervades the drug industry, however, as stated in the article:
Gayle is convinced that biologists need to adopt the new technology, because in an era when the entire human genome is in the open, there is too much information for an individual, or even small group inside a company, to sort through it efficiently.
As a result, the aim of the new company is to combat this difficulty, and provide a forum for in-house communication to enable more “