Where New Medicines Actually Come From: The Surprising Inside Story - by LaunchBio and SDEE



Most people believe that discovering a new drug is like designing a new smart phone or a new jet airliner. But that comparison is not even close. The discovery of new drugs does require lots of hard work and smarts, but that’s just the beginning. Lucky accidents and following results that seem to go in exactly the wrong direction are just as, if not more, important.

Join us to hear from Donald Kirsch, Author of "The Drug Hunters" and find out why 21st century science has yet to develop a better way to discover new disease treatments.

Donald Kirsch earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology at Princeton and has worked as a scientist for more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry (Squibb, Cyanamid, Wyeth, Cambria Pharmaceuticals). He currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Harvard Extension School and is the author of over fifty scientific research papers, an inventor on twenty-five patents and the author of a new book, “The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines”.


5:30PM - 5:45PM: Check-in

5:45PM - 6:45PM: Presentation by Donald R. Kirsch

6:45PM - 7:30PM: Reception and book signing

Bring your business card and enter to win a free book!!!

The Drug Hunters




Donald R. Kirsch, PhD, Biopharma Consultant

Donald Kirsch is a bio/pharmaceutical industry consultant with more than thirty years of industrial research experience, including stints at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cyanamid Lederle, American Home Products, and Genetics Institute/Wyeth. He was most recently the chief scientific officer at a Kendall Square biotech startup, Cambria Pharmaceuticals. He received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his master's degree and doctorate from Princeton University. He served an instructor in the pharmacology department of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School before embarking on his industrial career. He received a certificate in technical management from Stanford Business School in 1991. He is the author of over fifty scientific research papers and review articles and an inventor on twenty-five patents and patent applications. He and co-author Ogi Ogas recently published “The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines”.

This event is free! Register here.


City of SD




March 06, 2018 at 5:30pm - 7pm
Genesis at Campus Point
4242 Campus Point Dr
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
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