Whispers in the Heart, Part 16

This week we continue on with the first chapter of my “Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” God bless, and stay with me as the story unfolds with the next post…

The question was simple: “As a researcher, would you be inclined to believe that, given enough funding and interest, [a bird-derived dinosaur analogue] could be produced through genetic augmentation?” The results from those inquiries were provocative, to say the least, with many affirming that the technology was on its way. Of all those I spoke with however one in particular stood apart.

I first contacted Dr. Azad Aranov, head of the Aranov Lab at Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, on April 24th, asking him the same question as the others. To my utter amazement, he informed me that he too was planning a similar project in his own lab, specifically focusing on the regression of the craniofacial morphology of birds! Though my initial reason for correspondence with Dr. Aranov and the others was to achieve confirmation for investors that we were serious in our endeavor, after speaking to him several times I came to see that a much more effective alternative was now possible.

By April 27th, having considered the situation and quickly reaching a conclusion, I decided that I would offer Dr. Aranov a position on our startup team. He quickly agreed, recognizing both the commercial and scientific value of the work, and was ready and willing to assist either as a consultant or as a practical researcher.

As time passed, the company continued to go through another series of alterations in order to make it more feasible and attractive to prospective investors. Over the course of that summer we met with several local developers, community leaders, and others. The results, invariably, were the same. Our contacts always seemed intrigued by our ideas, fascinated by the potential, yet ultimately none were ever confident enough to join us. We all had invested much time and effort into this, yet we were getting nowhere. I knew that drastic measures had to soon be taken.

Too little, too late, I’m afraid, as a tipping point had been reached. I didn’t blame him for turning away, for putting his attention back on his own priorities, but I was hurt. He was the first of my partners, the first outsider to put faith in my goals and dreams, a stranger who became a good friend. He was there from the beginning, but no longer; Fred went his own way.  

In desperation, I took drastic action and filed the necessary documents to make my company a true corporation. That day, Carl and Azad standing with me as corporate officers, my long-held imaginings took on a deeper shade of reality. A dream no longer, International Biological Services, Inc. was now reality.

1.04 IBS Logo Tag

Figure 1.04 – The Company Logo & Tagline


The Story Continues with the Next Post…


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