Judy Newman 608-252-6156
When you walk into one of Madison's many young biotechnology companies, sometimes what you don't see is as significant as what you do see.
NimbleGen Systems may be an example of that.
There is no fancy new building. NimbleGen, at 1 Science Court, is on the older side of University Research Park (east of Whitney Way). The do-it-yourself "front lobby" - more like an office-sized dent in the wall - consists of a few chairs and a small table with a phone on it, from which visitors ring up the employees they're seeking.
But that may just show that NimbleGen is not a company that's about window-dressing. In fact, some say NimbleGen could be one of Madison's next breakout success stories.
"I think this company is on a great trajectory right now," said John Neis, senior partner with Venture Investors, a Madison venture capital firm that's invested in NimbleGen. "I have very, very high hopes for them. ... This could be a home-run company."
Established in 1999, NimbleGen already has amassed $50 million from private investors and venture capital firms, from as far as New York and San Francisco. It has 80 employees, about 30 of them in Reykjavik, Iceland, where NimbleGen has its biotech factory, and a handful in Waldkraiburg, Germany, near Munich.