The course is designed to provide an overview of the activities and processes that go into discovering, developing, and commercializing a new medicine. First, we will cover a bit of the history and context that informs contemporary research and development efforts, including identifying, understanding, and prioritizing a disease or disease process. Then we will explore the challenges of discovering and developing a new medicine, test tube to bedside. Finally, we’ll look at what happens when a new medicine is “approved” and how the marketplace comes to bear in terms of who can be treated and what a medicine is worth. The content will be weighted to the US marketplace but will include relevant aspects from other global regions. We will not discuss the politics of research and development or health care. We’ll leave that for a course taught by a political scientist! | Lecture + Q&A.