Business: Focuses on inducing proteins as anticancer agents in the discovery and commercialization of products.

Headquarters: La Jolla, Calif.

Founded: September 1998

VC raised to date: $34.9 million

Capital raised one year ago: $4.8 million

Investors: Aurora Capital, Bay City Capital, Domain Associates, Kingsbury Associates, Prospect Venture Partners and Rho Ventures

Plans one year ago: Senomyx set out to develop novel products for various applications involving taste and smell. The company was also considering a possible initial public offering.

Status: Senomyx filed an S-1 in February 2001, then pulled its IPO in September, citing poor market conditions. The company is currently seeking another round of private equity.