R&D: A Merck in Progress - Pharmaceutical Executive


R&D: A Merck in Progress
Gary Herman, head of the new experimental-medicine division, is teaching Merck's storied scientists to fail...faster

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It's strikes me that "failing faster" is like the concept of early detection with disease. As a patient, you're constantly being told to check out a symptom as soon as possible. Presumably, then, some of the same resistances that make early detection difficult make your approach difficult.

I tell scientists: Look, when the molecule is born, its fate is determined. It's up to us to find out what the truth is, but in the end we can't change its fate.


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