Whether it comes to biotech or your latest app, being first always helps. But when Abionic launched a product to diagnose up to 10 allergies using just one drop of blood in 20 minutes - with the same precision as traditional tests - the company didn't just move fast, it made a huge splash. This fast-moving but detail-oriented culture comes from founder Nicolas Durand, who couldn't wait to build something important: While pursuing his PhD, he struck an agreement with his advisors: “My advisors said it would be a 4 year program. But I wanted to launch a company before 4 years, so I proposed completing my PhD in 3 years and then spending the last year launching the business. My advisors didn’t like the idea of diverting from the traditional plan, but they finally accepted my proposal.” He couldn't be stopped.