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Is Product Infatuation the Death Knell for Platforms?

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Incyte Genomics Inc., the creator of the database model and practically the ur-platform company, has suddenly decided to turn into a drug discovery company--changing top management to do so. Other firms that decided years ago to leverage genetic information to create drugs have far higher valuations than Incyte--indeed biotechs reporting product revenues get valuation multiples on sales that are twice as high as those platform companies command --and about triple the multiples that Big Pharma receives on its sales.

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