The Antidote Inside the World of New Pharma

The Antidote
Barry Werth
Release at: 2014
Pages: 378
First Edition
File Size: 4 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English

Description of The Antidote Inside the World of New Pharma

Twenty years ago, I wrote The Antidote Inside the World of New Pharma book about a bold and bruising quest. It told the story of a group of entrepreneurial young scientists who left the world’s best drug company—the most admired business in America year after year because they were confident they would be more productive on their own, starting from scratch. 

Most people across the industry thought their project in a refitted construction company garage in Cambridge, Massachusetts—to build an organization that could produce dramatically improved medicines to transform the lives of people with serious diseases—was a pipe dream, a money pit, a consuming act of arrogance, an exhausting feat of hubris, a fool’s errand.

“Don’t you think this is five years too early? President and founding scientist Joshua Boger was often asked. “Yes,” he would say, “but five years from now it’ll be five years too late.” I found their passionate belief in science and in themselves, brimming with high purpose and combative glee, stirring and infectious as I followed them around for an It was a rocky, exhilarating, eye-opening ride. 

The chase for new leads was fierce, not just against “Mother Merck” but also top academic labs, including those led by some of their own scientific advisors, whom they feared were sharing Vertex’s most prized insights with its rivals.

Content of The Antidote Inside the World of New Pharma


PART 1: Feeding the Beast

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

PART 2: Game Worth the Candle

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9

PART 3: Showtime

Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15

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