Hearts & Minds Blog

Going with Your Gut

Roger Newton, PhD, FAHA

Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

Sometimes in science, you have to go with your gut. Years ago, my gut instinct told me that a drug I was working on would be successful, even though it was still early in development and several effective competitors were already on the market. I believed in this drug so much that I begged the company multiple times not to discontinue the program, and pleaded with them for the necessary funds to continue development. I wrote memos to the business people at Warner-Lambert saying that… more

Getting the Band Back Together

Roger Newton, PhD, FAHA

Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

Late last year, one of the country’s most brilliant scientists called me and asked if I wanted to help him change the lives of millions of people – again. Two decades ago, that scientist, Roger Newton, helped create the statin Lipitor, which turned out to be the best selling pharmaceutical drug of all time. Because of his contribution to developing that medicine, millions of people have lived longer and healthier lives. I met Roger initially in 1998, just after he started the first Esperion Therapeutics…. more