CEO and President: William G. Rice.

Revenue: Privately held company.

Headquarters: Sorrento Valley.

Year founded: 2003.

Employees: 7.

Company description: Clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-kind cancer drugs against newly-validated cancer cell targets.

Key factors for success: Understanding of treatment’s effects on molecular level; use of genetic testing to determine which patients will best respond to treatment, solid support by investors.

San Diego-based Cylene Pharmaceuticals soon will begin the first clinical trials of a first-of-a-kind drug...

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