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In 1989, rising star Joshua Boger left his job at the world's second-biggest-selling drug company, Merck Pharmaceuticals, to form his own pharma company in a refitted garage in Cambridge. Vertex Pharmaceuticals was born, but at the time, it was thought to be nothing more than a pipe dream.
Journalist Barry Werth captured the company's early days in his 1994 book, "The Billion Dollar Molecule." 20 years, two large-scale drug launches, and two towers on Boston's waterfront later, Werth takes a new look at Vertex and its place in the $325 billion prescription drug industry in his sequel, "The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma."
Barry will be speaking at the MIT Media Lab this Thursday, March 20 at 5 p.m.
This segment aired on March 19, 2014.