In 1989, the charismatic Joshua Boger left Merck, then America's most admired business, to found a drug company that would challenge industry giants and transform health care. Barry Werth described the company's tumultuous early days during the AIDS crisis in The Billion-Dollar Molecule, a celebrated classic of science and business journalism. Now he returns to tell a riveting story of Vertex's bold endurance and eventual success.
The $325-billion-a-year pharmaceutical business is America's toughest and one of its most profitable. It is riskier and more rigorous at just about every stage than any other business, from the towering biological uncertainties inherent in its mission to treat disease; to the 30-to-1 failure rate in bringing out a successful medicine even after a molecule clears all the hurdles to get to human testing; to the multibillion-dollar cost of ramping up a successful product; to operating in the world's most regulated industry, matched only by nuclear power.
Werth captures the full scope of Vertex's twenty-five-year drive to deliver breakthrough medicines. At a time when America struggles to maintain its innovative edge, The Antidote is a powerful inside look at one of the most intriguing and important business stories of recent decades.
This title is part of (or scheduled to be part of) the following subscriptions:
Click the Download button to download a copy of the MARC file.
Enter your FTP details below to send the MARC export file via FTP.
by Barry Katz
by Barry Werth
by Barry Friedman
by Tom Butler-Bowdon
by Pankaj Ghemawat
by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
by Simon Head
by Robert Owen Carr, Dirk Johnson
by Eric Dezenhall
by Keith Cameron Smith
by Gary Hamel, Bill Breen
by Bernd H. Schmitt
"Werth explores the last 25 years of pharmaceutical advancements and disappointments by focusing on the work of Vertex, a company he wrote about 1989. Narrator Sean Pratt proves a perfect choice for helping listeners navigate prose laden with chemical and other technical language, acronyms, and legalese. His deep voice suggests an easy disposition that welcomes listeners into the complex world that Werth explores. Pratt particularly excels at breaking down the most complicated passages into digestible sentences with well-placed emphasis and deliberation. He never rushes on the important details but manages to pick up the pace on less essential content. L.E. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
Sign up for our email newsletter