Seminar - Donald Kirsch

photo of Dr. Donald Kirsch
March 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
Location: 
601 Fairchild

Biopharma Consultant

Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Extension School

Host: Stuart Firestein

Title: The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines  

Abstract: Most people, and probably the majority of drug hunters themselves, believe that the process by which a new medicine is discovered is similar to the way a new type of mobile phone, a new jet liner or a driver-less car is invented.  After a 35 year career in the pharma industry I began to wonder whether this is correct, so I decided to research the drug discovery process and learned, to my surprise, that nothing could be farther from the truth.  The drug discovery process is totally different from engineering.  I will illustrate this by describing the surprising stories of how some of our most important medicines were found.  

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