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Words from the Wise

In every issue of The Medicine Maker, our ‘Sitting Down With’ section interviews one of the greatest, most inspirational individuals in pharma. Here’s a compilation of some of our favorite quotes from 2021, chronicling a year of ongoing turmoil, change, and hope.

“A leader must inspire – think Henry V at Agincourt – and give people a real sense of purpose. Fortunately for us, most people in the pharmaceutical industry are inherently purpose-driven.”
- Sandy Macrae, CEO of Sangamo Therapeutics // The Jan/Feb Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“There’s been a lot of hype around blockchain. Some people think it can revolutionize supply chains – and it can – but blockchain only has the right effect when you also put in place the right stepping stones.”
Jason Lacombe, CEO of Veratrak // The March Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“The industry needs to move away from empirical trial and error approaches. There are big benefits in powerful simulation coding combined with good understanding of material properties.”
Johannes Khinast, Scientific Director of the Research Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering // The April Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“The sheer volume of biomedical literature and the complexity of human biology is an unfathomably difficult area for even the most gifted scientists to traverse unaided, (but) well-trained artificial intelligence and machine learning models thrive on this information.”
- Anne Phelan, Chief Scientific Officer of BenevolentAI // The May Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“Nobody wants to be the first to try something new; everybody wants to be the fastest second.”
Maik Jornitz, President and CEO of G-CON // The June Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“If you understand patient needs, obtain specialized insights, and develop therapies using a patient-centric approach, your company's work will always be in demand.”
Sudarshan Jain, Secretary-General of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance // The July Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“Listen at least three times more than you speak. Listen and learn – this is particularly important for younger people just starting out in the industry. But don’t hold back on ideas. There are no bad ideas.”
Andrew Moore, General Manager of Pfizer CentreOne // The August Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“Genome editing could treat many diseases, but there is a whole regulatory paradigm that we have yet to fully create for genome editing. It’s very exciting – and it’s advances like this that keep me coming to work every day.”
Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA // The September Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“Everyone has their own opinion on the way a business should run ... with time, I’ve learned that, though others’ perspectives can be useful also for your business, it’s always important to stay true to oneself.”
Evelina Vågesjö, Chief Executive Officer of Ilya Pharma // The October Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“The contrast I witnessed – between my experience in hospitals in France and what I faced abroad – stayed with me and influenced everything that followed.”
Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative // The November Issue // FULL ARTICLE

“A sizable portion of the mail in my spam folder is addressed to “Dr Foster”, and I often wonder: who is that? I only have a Marketing degree from Columbia...”
- Jason C Foster, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Ori Biotech // The December Issue // FULL ARTICLE

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About the Author
Angus Stewart

Associate Editor of The Medicine Maker

Between studying for my English undergrad and Publishing master's degrees I was out in Shanghai, teaching, learning, and getting extremely lost. Now I'm expanding my mind down a rather different rabbit hole: the pharmaceutical industry. Outside of this job I read mountains of fiction and philosophy, and I must say, it's very hard to tell who's sharper: the literati, or the medicine makers.

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