The Billion Dollar Molecule the Quest for the Perfect Drug

The Billion Dollar Molecule
 
Author:
Barry Werth
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN No: 978-1-4391-2681-3
Release at: 2014
Pages: 397
Edition:
First Edition
File Size: 3 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English



Description of The Billion Dollar Molecule the Quest for the Perfect Drug


We live in an age of sequels. Many film lovers think the best sequel ever is The Godfather: Part II, and I support them. But the true impact of the second movie was to ensure from then on that no novelist, filmmaker, TV executive, documentarian, or record producer would ever again consider a major undertaking without weighing the opportunity to follow up, round out, and extend the original material into a multipart bonanza. But what of the original story, the creation, rooted in its time, foreshadowing may be all that comes after it? Not just fun but instructive, a return to roots deepens our understanding, providing glimpses of the mature creature in embryo, so to speak.

In my latest book, The Antidote, I dramatize a twenty-year period, starting from when Vertex emerged as a promising but cash-starved start-up with distant ambitions to compete with the major pharmaceutical companies. The story climaxes with the company beating Big Pharma simultaneously in major disease areas, in a period of sweeping change throughout health care and society that even its far-seeing, charismatic founder Joshua Boger hadn’t envisioned. How it survived that period (burning through nearly $4 billion) to mount a challenge to the old biomedical order just as that order was crumbling drives an account of ambition and hope, hubris and Wall Street, ferocious competition and extraordinary collaboration, extreme highs, and desperate lows.

Content of The Billion Dollar Molecule the Quest for the Perfect Drug



Introduction: Before the Beginning

PART ONE: THE STORY

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten

PART TWO: THE CHASE

Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty

EPILOGUE: FINDING THE PONY

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ABOUT BARRY WERTH

SOURCES

INDEX

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