Wells notes need for academia in drug discovery research and advocacy

James Wells, PhD, chair, department of pharmaceutical chemistry in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, shares his thoughts on the need for increased public awareness about the ultimate value of science to health and the opportunities now presenting themselves to university scientists to become more involved in the basic science of drug discovery. To take advantage of these opportunities, academic researchers need increased federal funding, he explains, and they need to speak out about the value of science and science funding. Listen to Wells on the November 2008 podcast of The Journal of Life Sciences. Read about his views in the October 31, 2008 Industry Wrap up in the San Francisco Business Times.

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