When Pat Larrabee began working in the life sciences industry in the 1980s, she was the sixth hire at Maryland biotech company Crop Genetics International, starting out as a bench researcher, literally washing and cleaning glass beakers and learning the industry from the ground up.

Roughly a decade later, the company asked Larrabee, who studied biology and has a master’s degree in biotech management, to take on a new type of research project: help it consolidate a portion of its real estate portfolio, its field test sites, which were located across multiple states.

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