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John LaMattina, PhD, Former Head of Research, PfizerBio and Contact Info
Listen (3:36) Pharma's PR challenge
Listen (5:48) When did public perception change for the worse?
Listen (2:27) Astronauts are heroes, why not drug chemists?
Listen (5:06) What can the industry do about poor image?
Listen (10:51) Open data a win-win
Listen (8:21) Raising the bar means more failures
If astronauts can be heroes, asks John LaMattina, former head of R & D at Pfizer, why not drug chemists? It's a great question.
In the last ten years, big pharma companies have gone from being some of the most respected public companies in the U.S. to some of the public's least favorite. What happened? Since retiring from Pfizer in 2007, John has been focused on this question and what can be done to improve the image of the drug industry. He has authored two books, first, Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths of R & D, and his more recent Devalued and Detrusted: Can the Pharmaceutical Industry Restore Its Broken Image?
When industry veterans retire, it can be good for the industry. They are free to talk about its problems. John says the industry must become more open and transparent. And he's eager to tell the stories of the industry's heroes.