Merck & Co., Inc. R&D Head Bets Slashing Bureaucracy Will Unlock Innovation

Published: Sep 20, 2013

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When Merck scientist Chris Hill won an award from the American Chemical Society for creating the molecule that become the AIDS drug Isentress, he claimed that it is harder to bring a new drug to market than to put a man on the moon. Hearing of the comment on Twitter, James Love, who has campaigned tirelessly to make medicines available to people who need them, called the comment “stupid” and “part of ongoing effort by Merck to justify high prices on new drugs.”

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