Boston | May 24

Getting Better, Faster: Optimizing Drug Trials and Medical Treatment 

Speaker: John R. Birge, Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Distinguished Professor of Operations Management

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The traditional clinical trial process for new drugs is increasingly expensive and lengthy. From 1995 to 2005, the average length of a clinical trial increased by 70 percent, and the cost of a single trial went up to as much as $100 million.

John R. Birge, Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor of Operations Management, has been co-developing a model for clinical trials that could speed up research, save money, and even allow treatments for patients to be customized in order to best fit their care. Professor Birge will be joined by Richard Harris, science correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR) News. Join Chicago Booth Insights on May 24 as Professor Birge and Richard Harris discuss how to streamline the process of drug approval and customizing medicine. 

Wednesday, May 24
6–8 p.m.

General Public $50
Alumni $40

Hyatt Regency Boston
1 Ave de Lafayette
Boston, MA, 02111

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This event is being done in collaboration with Chicago Booth Review.


Chicago Booth Insights: Boston is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago, with more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and UChicago Research, Innovation, and National Laboratories.