A decade is a long enough time in any business, however risky its premise or exploratory its process, to prove whether it’ll return value to its investors or not. This was evident last month when the news broke that the Tata group was selling Advinus Therapeutics to Eurofins Scientific, a contract research and manufacturing company in Luxembourg. What seemed like a masterful strategy 10 years ago, to get into a new business of discovering drugs and licensing out to big pharma, ended up in a messy exit.

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Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

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