Higher Salaries, Stock Options, And Glory: Fun And Profit In The Skin Trade

Fun And Profit In The Skin Trade From deep biology to Epidermis Inc., another tale in the merchandising of science CAMBRIDGE, MASS--Jeff Morgan and Brad Guild moved into their new office on the opening day of baseball season this April. The space was small: a single room with built-in desks lining opposite walls and barely enough room to swivel their chairs. The pair stacked boxes and unpacked a few books. And Guild took up a blue magic marker and scrawled the business’s first official

Bob Buderi
May 29, 1988

Fun And Profit In The Skin Trade From deep biology to Epidermis Inc., another tale in the merchandising of science

CAMBRIDGE, MASS--Jeff Morgan and Brad Guild moved into their new office on the opening day of baseball season this April. The space was small: a single room with built-in desks lining opposite walls and barely enough room to swivel their chairs. The pair stacked boxes and unpacked a few books. And Guild took up a blue magic marker and scrawled the business’s first official insignia on the whiteboard lining one wall: "Somatix Corporate Headquarters."

The two men are more than simply the company’s first full-time employees. Both hold doctorates in biology and are former researchers at the prestigious Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, an affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Like a growing number of their colleagues, they have deserted academe for the promise of higher salaries, stock options,...