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Mikhail Shapiro isn’t quite 30, but finds himself already wearing two distinguished hats. He’s a senior associate at Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses exclusively on life sciences investments and has a model of installing its own employees in senior roles at its fledgling portfolio companies. So Shapiro is on the executive team at Foundation Medicine, a Cambridge-based diagnostics company that launched in April with $25 million, is already up to 20 employees and plans to hire several more in the next year. Shapiro recently sat down with reporter Julie M. Donnelly.

What do you like better, business or science?

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