Past Meetup

Dr. Martin Lee: "DRUG SCIENCE"


Speaker: Dr. Martin Lee

This new medicine: Is it safe and why is it so expensive?

Drug development is a hugely complex effort, involving the work of many thousands of people. In this talk, we'll explore the ins and outs of how a drug goes from an idea to reality. We'll explore some common questions, including:

• Who decides what drugs get developed?

• Why does it take so long to get a drug to market?

• Why are these new drugs so expensive?

• How has the human genome project changed drug development?

• What incentives exist to develop drugs for rare diseases?

• How do clinical trials work?

We'll talk in particular about post-marketing safety surveillance and why issues of safety are often discovered after a drug is approved and on the market.

We'll also leave plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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Martin Lee, M.D., Vice President, PRA International, received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Lee has 19 years of clinical experience in the front-line care of patients with cancer and blood diseases. In his current position with PRA International in Lenexa, Dr. Lee works with directly with drug companies that are planning to conduct clinical trials on new medications.


Come early at 6:45 to get a good seat and get to know people.

Afterward, let’s continue our conversations at the nearby Blue Moose.

Fred Heeren / / 913-787-1375