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Man with no Medical Training Cures Cancer in His Basement Illustrative Headline

I very much believe in the Lipinski Rule of Five. If any of our drug candidates violates more than two of the criteria I discontinue the candidate. Pharmaceutical Industry Colleague (2008). Personal Communication

I know what being effective means when we talk about the claims process for auto insurance. We need very experienced adjusters. You wouldn’t believe what our customers try to pull on us. They go drag racing in their cars, rip out their trannys, and then come to us claiming they ran over a curb. A practiced adjuster will spot that in an instant. But I tell you, all the great insurance adjusters in the world cannot make up for lousy policy-writing. If they write bad policies, there’s only so much I can do to stem the bleeding down the road. Vice President, Auto Insurance Claims Adjustment (2010). Personal Communication

I just contribute a small portion to the overall success of commercialization+. I’ll do a great job, but you’re asking me to risk part of my compensation on the quality of the work of many other vendors and individuals with whom I have no commercial relation. Illustrative Pharmaceutical Industry Quote (2010)

I have no need for World Class R&D. I discovered the Acme blockbuster+ product. I’ve run multi-billion dollar research units. I know how it’s done. You have theories. I have results. Disguised Pharmaceutical Industry Quote (2010). Personal Communication

I had never felt such an intense experience in my life. We worked ‘round the clock to make the launch date. Everyone was incredibly committed and professional. It was the most dedicated, focused team I had ever worked with. After the launch I was exhausted but I hadn’t felt this alive in years. I left my academic post and immediately joined their organization. I enjoy every minute I work there. Roundtable Participant (2007). Translational Medicine Conference, Personal Communication

I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference Lincoln, Abraham... cited in Politics Among Nations

I can’t just include the quantitative results from my experiments in the shared database. People will misinterpret the raw data without the contextual insights I gathered during the course of the experiment. Only I knew which rats were naturally calm or naturally aggressive, something that the raw data just doesn’t show. Only I knew when a normally dominate and active rat was just having a bad day, even without the treatment. I can share the results of my study, but I refuse to share the data because others will just use it out of context. Pharmaceutical Industry Client (2005). Personal Communication

How much will it cost to move Mount Fuji 100 miles to the north? Illustrative Consulting Firm B-school Recruiting Question from the 1990's

Head of R&D to CEO:  You are not qualified to understand the science behind this research proposal.

CEO:  Then you are not qualified to spend my budget.

DIA Pharmaceutical Industry Survey+ Participant