Merck is too big. Size is holding the company back. I am a chemist at Merck and I'm excited for a company post-cuts. I think life will be easier with fewer people. It's sad, very sad, but necessary. I believe Ken Frazier will stick to a heavy investment in R&D. Heavy investment in R&D brought us Januvia, Singulair took a zillion years to discover/develop, we did good in penicillin and that was all from the lab. Ken says science is "in our DNA" and I think it's a genuine statement. I believe a smaller, R&D-focussed Merck will kick ass.I note this with the caveat that it might have been a moderately effective troll.
Monday, August 1, 2011
There's always an outlier
In the recent In the Pipeline thread about more impending Merck layoffs, someone expressing a minority opinion: