When ChromaXome Corp. was founded by Michael Dickman and Kathleen Thompson is 1993, its focus was on pigmentation pathways in microbes."Kate recognized there would be tremendous commercial potential if people could produce pigments recombinantly," said President and COO Dickman. "Our idea was to take pigmentation pathways from marine bacteria and put them in easy to use expression systems like E. coli to develop diagnostics and consumer products."