Café Scientifique looks at pharmaceutical innovation

by Linda Hubbard on October 11, 2010

At this month’s Café Scientifique on Tuesday, October 12, Walter H. Moos, Ph.D., Vice President of SRI International’s Biosciences Division, will focus on the power of pharmaceutical innovation through research.  Moos will address the costs of drug discovery and development, the so-called R&D Valley of Death, and how the challenges encountered in the process reflect on the need for innovative ideas to achieve the greatest impact. He will discuss how pharmaceutical R&D saves lives, and the important roles played by organizations ranging from nonprofits to biotech start-ups to industry giants including “big pharma.”

Moos is Vice President of the Biosciences Division of SRI International, one of the world’s largest independent, nonprofit research and development organizations. He leads a team of nearly 250 people, with all of the resources necessary to take research from initial discoveries to the start of human clinical trials. SRI Biosciences is an integrated organization, carrying out basic research on disease mechanisms, performing drug discovery, and providing preclinical services.

In addition to his role at SRI International, Moos serves on the boards of Rigel, a biotech company, and several nonprofits, including the Critical Path Institute and Keystone Symposia. Moos holds adjunct faculty positions at UC San Francisco and at James Madison University. He has edited five books, helped to found multiple scientific journals and has approximately 150 published manuscripts and patents. He holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and received an A.B. from Harvard University.

Café Scientifique events are open to all free of charge.  No reservations are necessary. The talk will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at SRI Menlo Park (Middlefield Road and Ringwood Ave).

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