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Opinion: 30 years is too long to wait for new medicines. There are ways to speed up drug development

In the 1990s, gene therapy wasn't mature enough to turn the millions invested in it into a product. Let's not keep making the same mistake.
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Have you heard the oft-repeated “fact” that it takes at least 10 years from initial discovery for a new drug to enter the marketplace? Take it with a grain of salt. The drug development journey is closer to 30 years.

I’ve experienced the lag time between discovery and commercial success as the co-founder of a biotech startup, and now I study it at the Center for Integration of Science and Industry at Bentley University.

In the early 1990s, I co-founded GeneMedicine Inc., one of the first

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