|Title: The Billion Dollar Molecule : One Company's Quest for the Perfect Drug
Author: Werth, Barry
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 1994
Specifications: HC., 445pp., 6.5" x 9.5", 800g.
Condition: Very good in dust jacket.
Copies in stock: 3
Category: Pharmaceutical and Medical More books in this category
Company: Vertex Pharmaceutical More books about this company
Book type: Company History
Hindsight ID: 2164
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|Notes: Exciting, fast-paced account of the race to design a drug and build a company. Drama switches rapidly from laboratory to board-room. The original goal of the company was the investigation of the structure and function of the immunosuppressant molecules Cyclosporin and newly-discovered FK-506, to enable the development of a new, safer, effective drug for use in facilitating organ transplants. Commercial pressure and serendipty result in the objectives broadening out in the search for a blockbuster - leading eventually to work with potential anti-viral treatments for AIDS.
Keys: Vertex, Biochemistry, Joshua Berger, Drug Design, immunosupressant, FKBP, Fujisawa, FK-506, Glaxo, Merck, Aldrich, AIDS, Chugai, Cyclosporine, Matt Harding, Mark Murcko, John Thomspn