Pedigreed team hunting for projects As companies look to fill available niches in the corporate marketplace, some are turning to new models, from research boutiques to virtual companies. Vanguard Medica Ltd., based in Hertfordshire in the U.K., sees an opportunity for a development boutique with expertise in taking products through the clinic. "The founders decided there was an opportunity in the marketplace for a company that specializes in the development of compounds," said Robert Mansfield, president and CEO. "Most biotech companies have strength in discovery and less in development. Our company has a lot of strength in development. Most of the big drugs on the market today have been developed by this group."