Emerging Leaders 2009: The Faces of Innovation
What will the drug industry look like in 20 years? Can we get there? How?
But that's what it will take—true innovation, not the buzzword, but the real thing—and Pharm Exec's 2009 27 Emerging Leaders know it and are striving for it. That may be why slightly more than a third hail from biotech. And nine of our honorees have already made such strides so fast that it seemed only fair to single them out. Four are MD/PhDs leading high risk/reward R&D efforts, while the other five (two are MDs) are meeting huge business challenges with a scientist's openness to the unexpected.
All of our Emerging Leaders are under age 45, and their first decade or two in pharma has left them with few illusions about the many near-miracles that will be required for enduring success. Yet they remain confident. We hope their their clear-eyed, sometimes sharp-tongued assessment of what must (and must not) be done to create a pharma for the 21st century will prove inspiring—and then give you a good night's sleep.
The 2009 Emerging Leaders are:
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