First State Innovation
By Mike May

Although well-known companies such as DuPont and AstraZeneca call Delaware their home, the state has lacked a reputation as a high-tech area. Consequently, Delaware has not always attracted new life science companies. "It struggled to be successful in the entrepreneurial environment," says Ernest Dianastasis, managing director at Computer Aid, Inc. Toward the end of 2004, Dianastasis and a couple dozen business leaders focused on making Delaware a desirable home for life science entrepreneurs. Such an improvement would help the state, as well. "If we got the right group of people together," Dianastasis says, "I thought we could improve Delaware's economy."

After a quarter of a century of experience at Computer Aid, which solves information-technology problems for companies, Dianastasis knows...

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