From Bedside to Biotech: Why I Left the Practice of Medicine to Make Medicines
What if – instead of helping one person at a time – I could help thousands? This is the question that weighed heavily on my mind as I considered taking a job at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, a little-known biotech company focused on making cancer drugs based on a new concept called personalized medicine. It was 2000, and for nearly 20 years I had worked as a hematologist at Tufts Medical Center, treating people with cancer using the limited tools available and working on clinical trials in hopes of shepherding new therapies to my patients. While it was fulfilling to witness people recover or at least gain a better quality of life using approved or investigational medicines, I was increasingly frustrated with the lack of options. For many, I was treating their disease in 2000 the same way I would have in the 80’s.
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