The Billion-Dollar Molecule

The Billion-Dollar Molecule

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Join journalist Barry Werth as he pulls back the curtain on Vertex, a start-up pharmaceutical company, and witness firsthand the intense drama being played out in the pioneering and hugely profitable field of drug research. Founded by Joshua Boger, a dynamic Harvard- and Merck-trained scientific whiz kid, Vertex is dedicated to designing -- atom by atom -- both a new life-saving immunosuppressant drug, and a drug to combat the virus that causes AIDS. You will be hooked from start to finish, as you go from the labs, where obsessive, fiercely competitive scientists struggle for a breakthrough, to Wall Street, where the wheeling and dealing takes on a life of its own, as Boger courts investors and finally decides to take Vertex public. Here is a fascinating no-holds-barred account of the business of science, which includes an updated epilogue about the most recent developments in the quest for a drug to cure AIDS.... eight residences, among them a town house on East 63rd Street, a 500a€” acre estate on Long Island, and a 19, 000-acre refuge in Georgia. ... Like his benefactor Whitney, he began a life of conspicuous public service: chairman of ... and Development Committee, and, most presciently, president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the worlda#39;s ... He remained as chairman of the Presidenta#39;s War on Cancer through the administrations of Nixon, Ford, and Carter, andanbsp;...

Title:The Billion-Dollar Molecule
Author:Barry Werth
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2013-08-20


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