How Drug Company Gilead Outpaces Its Competitors—And Common Diseases

Feb 18, 2015 - Fast Company
Mergers and Acquisitions

It can take up to 15 years to bring a lifesaving drug to market. Gilead operates at the speed of need.

Before visiting the chemistry lab at Gilead Sciences in Foster City, California, I don the man­datory blue smock and safety goggles that obscure half my face. When I enter, I notice that someone has diagrammed molecules on the lab's glass cabinets with dry-erase markers. Countertop machines whir loudly as they boil down chemical compounds to their most potent forms. I also see that one o...